Sir Michael Morpurgo has written a poetic tribute to commemorate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. 

The book, There Once Is A Queen, will be released later this spring and tells the tale of the monarch's 70-year reign. 

The story begins with the Queen as a child, planting an oak tree with her father and aims to bring her “historic reign vividly to life” for readers of all ages.

The book is illustrated by Michael Foreman.

Morpurgo said: “I very much wanted my story to play a small part in the celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in the June of 2022.

“There was another Queen Elizabeth some time ago, a cousin 14-times removed to our own Queen. A great writer, Edmund Spenser, once wrote a long poem about her that he called The Faerie Queene.

“My story is not a poem, and not long, but, as you will discover, it is also about a fairy queen – although spelt differently.

“Michael Foreman and I should like to dedicate this book to Her Majesty The Queen, in gratitude, in affection and in admiration.”

Foreman said: “It is an honour to be part of Michael Morpurgo’s tribute to Her Majesty The Queen.

“While researching the long, colourful thread of her life, through a changing world, it has been impressed upon me the part she has played in the tapestry of all our lives.”

There Once Is A Queen by Michael Morpurgo will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Book on May 12.