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Satellite photos appear to show Chinese military vehicles near Hong Kong border

She's unlikely to feature on many lists of the all-time top British cultural icons. But Peppa Pig - the UK-made children's cartoon character - is right up there with the best of them, at least in China. With the series racking up 18 billion online views since its launch here seven years ago, the story of Peppa and her unfeasibly English middle class family is, arguably, doing more for Brand Britain than the Beatles, Manchester United and any of the culinary delights - for which the UK is rightly so renowned - put together.

It is then no surprise that, when a Peppa-shaped opportunity came knocking, chinasexpicture British powers that be seized the moment. After watching an episode in which the precocious piglet and her friends visit the Queen in Buckingham Palace - and encourage her to join them jumping in muddy puddles - two Chinese twins posted a video message online, addressed to none other than Her Royal Majesty.

Chinasexpicture post has been viewed more than nine million times in China chinasexpicture a multiple of 10 times more views than anything else Dame Barbara has posted in her entire four years as ambassador.

Satellite Photo Shows China's Military Buildup in Response to Hong Kong Protests

And so it was that two slightly bewildered five-year-olds found their way to her residence and munched on scones and chocolate cake, and sat colouring in pictures of Skinnyasspics Pig, in front of the assembled media.

The whole experience may not have been quite the same as the real deal, but they have also been promised a trip to the UK where they will, at least, get to see Buckingham Palace. And the British embassy has launched a competition along with Youku - the online channel with the Chinese rights amature porn runaway Peppa Pig - the young winners of which will also join the twins for the trip.

She appeared to have become the chosen symbol for a counter-culture known as "shehuiren" - literally "society people". Early last year, one popular Chinese streaming site, Douyin, began removing Peppa videos en masse.