It was Prince Henry’s birthday soon and he was starting to get excited. He had big plans for his celebrations.

“I want the biggest birthday party ever!” he declared. “I want piles of presents, bumper-sized burgers, big bouncy balloons and a jumbo jumping castle too.”

“I’ll see what I can do,” said the Queen.

Henry’s guest list was long. He wrote 201 invitations and signed each one with a huge ‘H’. His present list grew and grew too.

He wrote on it, “I want a box of farm animals, a scooter with flashing wheels, a helicopter, a football pitch… and a pet elephant.”

He handed it to the Queen. She said, “I’ll see what I can do.” Henry found Cook in the royal kitchen. “For my party I would like to have great big burgers, chunky chips and a gigantic chocolate gateau.”

“I’ll see what I can do,” said Cook.

Henry spent a long time planning his celebrations. “I’ll have a moat of bubbles to float us to the jumbo jumping castle. The castle should have towering turrets I can slide down – and there must be a mammoth funfair with a 25-piece big band to entertain me.”

“I’ll see what I can do,” said the Queen.

Finally, the royal birthday arrived. Prince Henry leapt out of bed and rushed to the window. He couldn’t see his jumbo jumping castle.

He hurried to the kitchen. “Where are my great big burgers and where is my gigantic chocolate gateau?” he said.

He dashed to the ballroom. “Where is my mountain of presents? Everyone’s forgotten my birthday,” he said sulkily.

“I haven’t,” said a royal footman, who handed him a card.

“I haven’t,” said Cook, who handed him a cupcake.

“I haven’t,” said the Queen.

She pointed to the door, where a small grey mouse stood alone. He wore a brown label saying ‘PET’. The mouse held out his party invitation.

Prince Henry looked sad. “Sorry, but I don’t have any presents for us to play with – and there are no guests. Who ever heard of a party for two?”

“I’ll see what I can do,” said Mouse, and he led Prince Henry out to the palace gardens.

That day, Mouse showed Prince Henry how to roll downhill like a bouncing balloon. He showed him the best way to crawl through tall grass to escape wild tigers. He showed him how to track giant dinosaurs by following their footprints. He showed him how to make party whistles from long bendy reeds.

Mouse even made Prince Henry a crown from red and gold leaves and a sword from an old branch. Together they battled fierce dragons until…

“Pirates ahoy!” shouted Prince Henry from their treetop turret, and they slid down the tree trunk and buried secret treasure in gooey mud by the stream.

When the sun went down, Prince Henry and Mouse sat on the hill and shared Henry’s cupcake.

“Thank you for my pet mouse,” Prince Henry said as the Queen tucked them both into bed. “My birthday party for two was the best fun ever. I’d like to do it again, but next year please may I have one extra treat? It’s Mouse’s favourite – a mini bouncy castle!”

A small pair of whiskers tickled Prince Henry’s cheek. “I’ll see what I can do,” said the Queen, and she smiled.

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