The 1962 Cissy Queen was the end of an era for the 21" fashion doll. While the design of the doll itself is not game changing, she has any number of details that makes her particularly interesting. This was the final Cissy to be presented in the Alexander Doll Company's doll catalog. The doll is listed as No. 2180, 21" and named Queen Elizabeth II of England. Cissy as a queen was first introduced in 1955. The full name used for the Cissy Queen would vary. Cissy was Queen Elizabeth in 1955 & 1956. In 1957, she had a number, but not named in the company's doll catalog. In 1958 & 1960 she was again listed simply as Queen. The company catalog did not show the 1959 Cissy Queen. In 1961 Cissy was Queen Elizabeth II and in 1962, Cissy was Queen Elizabeth II of England.
In 1962, FAO Schwarz toy catalog features Cissy and Jaqueline. Both are listed as 20 inch dolls vs. the Alexander Doll Company's 21 inch doll. This is something of ongoing confusing issue... was Cissy a 20 inch doll or a 21 inch doll? Again, the Alexander Doll Company lists Cissy as a 20 inch doll from 1955 to 1957. In 1958, Cissy became 21 inches - at least in their Company catalog. Another interesting detail are the clothes for both the 1962 Cissy and Jaqueline. The 1962 FAO catalog lists clothes that are available for both Cissy and Jacqueline. As with the company Alexander Doll Company catalog, both state Cissy and Jacqueline share the same clothes in their 1961 & 1962 company doll catalog. The tag for the years 1961 & 1962 now has changed to read "Madame Alexander," and does not specifically specify either doll. This was probably part of the company master plan as they transitioned out of Cissy, into their newest fashion doll, Jacqueline. By luck or by planning, this would work out well as Jacqueline was discontinued midyear 1962, and many stores now advertised the same doll under different names. FAO marketed the doll as "Miss Judy". Marshall Fields used the name "Jackie". Fortunately, there was not a problem correcting clothing tags.
Another interesting detail is the Queen's sash itself. The sash of the 1955 to 1961 the Cissy Queen is described as wearing the blue "Sash of the Order of the Garter." In 1962, the sash changes color to red, and now is described as the "Sash of the Order of Bath." Both sashes are worn by Queen Elizabeth over the right shoulder. The 1955 - 1957 the Cissy Queen wears her Order of the Garter sash on the left shoulder, but the dolls sashes changed to the right shoulder from 1958 to 1962.