Prince Harry helps mark 75th anniversary of Thomas the Tank Engine

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry is serving to “Thomas and Friends” celebrate their 75th anniversary by introducing a exclusive episode which functions the cartoon trains as nicely as some customers of the royal spouse and children.

Fictional train Thomas the Tank Motor came to life in 1945 as a character in “The Railway Series” guides by Reverend Wilbert Awdry, an Anglican clergyman, and afterwards his son Christopher.

It led to a children’s Television spin-off display now named “Thomas and Friends”, which began in 1984 and is continue to jogging.

Sitting in an armchair and holding one particular of the brand’s guides, Prince Harry introduces the episode “Thomas & Mates: The Royal Engine” expressing: “It all began when a youthful boy lay unwell in mattress. His loving father entertained him with stories of a exclusive railway on the magical island of Sodor.”

“Those stories would go on to turn out to be the tales of the most iconic tank motor the world has ever recognized, Thomas the Tank Motor… ‘Thomas & Friends’ is celebrating seventy five years of friendship and teamwork.”

“The Royal Engine” functions Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and her eldest little one Prince Charles – Harry’s father – as a boy awaiting the arrival of Sir Topham Hatt, also recognized as the Excess fat Controller. He has been invited to London by the queen to obtain an award and it is Thomas’ work to get him there securely.

“It’s about Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt embarking on a journey to London and on the way they arrive across loads of pitfalls and perils,” mentioned producer Ian McCue. 

The episode functions a new train character, The Duchess of Loughborough, whose part is to transport the royal spouse and children.

“I feel this is a very attractive and apt episode for the 75th anniversary episode,” mentioned actress Rosamund Pike, who voices the duchess.

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“It’s obtained all the vital people and some new ones and some unexpected ones, and I feel it puts Thomas front and centre, supplying him a very noble and important problem and he emerges from it triumphant,” Pike mentioned.

The recording of Harry looking through the introduction took place in January, just before he gave up his royal obligations and moved with his wife Meghan to the United States, exactly where they intend to launch a new charitable basis.

“Thomas & Mates: The Royal Engine” is owing to be screened on various channels all-around the world starting up on Might one in the United States on Netflix.

Reporting by Reuters Television Producing by Mike Davidson and Gareth Jones Editing by Alison Williams

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