Royal Reads for Kids — Part I.

Royal Reads -- Children's Books

As an aunt of five little ones–plus two more on the way!–I always love giving them books as gifts (obviously making me the ‘cool’ aunt. šŸ˜‰ ).

Recently while on the way to Kansas City I was trying to entertain them with ‘ghost stories.’ These included stories of Marie Antoinette’s beheading along with other more grizzly tales from history… they loved it! So now, every time they stay the night, they beg for ‘more ghost stories!’

Naturally, after running out of more PG-tales with a little bit of gore, I started perusing for more material to keep them happy. After an afternoon of research, I found the titles above and thought, ‘Eureka! They’ll love it!’

Should you have a little history buff of your own, you may fancy a gander at these regal reads (descriptions from the publisher)…

1. Power PalaceIn the same series as the award-winning Tower Power, this colourful and lively look at Hampton Court Palace through the ages will delight young history fans (and convert those who didn’t think they were!).

2. Kids’ Kensington Incredible tales from Kensington Palace by Natasha Narayan takes a light-hearted look at Kensingtonā€™s history. This lively, fun-filled guide, aimed at 7-9 year-olds reveals the stories of some of Kensingtonā€™s more colourful characters including grumpy kings, clever queens, naughty princesses, savage beasts, wild boys and ferocious rat-killers!

3. Tower Power Who built the Tower of London and why? Was it ever attacked? Which kings and queens stayed there? What happened to the prisoners who were kept there? What’s it like now? Discover the answers for yourself in this delightful children’s book packed full of fascinating stories and amusing illustrations.

4. Palace PrincessesThis unashamedly pink book is a fascinating collection of feisty young royals connected with the five historic palaces, from the 12th century Princess Matilda (went to war with her cousin) to 21st century Princess Beatrice (goes to night clubs with her sister). In between, the stories of beautiful, brave, wicked, weak, stupid, stylish, gifted, greedy and sometimes very unhappy princesses will appeal to 9 to 11 year-olds curious to discover more about the lives of real princesses at our palaces.

5. Henry’s Blog ‘Battles and Boys Toys’, ‘My fit new queen’ and ‘ I marry a teenager’. These are just some of the entries in King Henry VIII’s personal blog as Tudor technology might have created it! Henry’s secret thoughts on ruling, fighting, cute babes and all round global fabulousness are revealed in royal blog-speak, via his online diary.Ā 

6. Kings and Queens of England: a little book of rulersWhich queen rewarded a pirate with a knighthood? Who was crowned on Christmas Day? What happened to the two young princes imprisoned in the Tower? Discover these amazing facts and more

Note: While this round of royal reads has to do with British royalty, I am currently looking for more books to feature the other reigning royals of Europe. Also: any suggestions you’d add to a post? I’d love to feature them! Comment below or feel free to email me at

Kate: Part-time Royal; Full-time Interior Designer

Anmer HallThe good news is the Duchess of Cambridge has been accounted for. The bad news is that her excuse for having not worked at all since the tour is rather ridiculous…

You see, she’s been MIA from working because she’s redecorating not one, but two royal palaces she, William and Prince George will soon call home–Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall. Those palaces–one being called a ‘fancy farmhouse’— aren’t going to decorate themselves, after all… The people Kate hires will do all the heavy lifting. But those various shades of purple for the palace walls will need to be hand-picked by an art history graduate, right? And after all that paint picking, showing up to a charity event or ball would be extreme for even the hardest of workers.

I’m trying to give Kate the benefit of the doubt, but report after report, or lack thereof, makes it hard to take her seriously.

Kensington Palace’s renovation backlash


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are supposedly bracing themselves for backlash once the costs are revealed regarding their Kensington Palace renovations.

Budget woes

With the budget of Apartment 1A, once home to Princess Margaret, originally set atĀ Ā Ā£1 million, it’s expected to double by completion. Much of the initial cost was, however, because of “essential building work” which includes roofing, heating, and asbestos removal.

Color scheme disappoints

The color palette Kate had chosen initially has apparently left her dissatisfied and it must be redone. She’s said to be blaming her original choice of paint, and it’s “horrible purple tinge,”on the pregnancy hormones she was experiencing at the time.

Kensington Palace Apartments

Cost for taxpayers

I’m admittedly not well-versed on how much the monarchy receives from the taxpayers and how much is their own fortune, but with the economic climate as of late, and the hardships facing many at this time, I can certainly see how many would be frustrated with such reports of their royals spending. Add to that William and Kate’sĀ Ā£5,000 “donation” to flood victims and I’d be pretty disenchanted as well.

I’m not sure who helps guide the two in their royal spending, yet alone their public image, but it doesn’t take a PR maven to know this is not going to go over well…

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