Did you know Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch at 70 years? Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022, her eldest son, King Charles III became the head of the family. Whether you’re a royal family fan or not, the British monarchy has captivated minds, hearts and countless newspaper headlines around the world for centuries.
The wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981 broke records with 750 million tuning in worldwide to watch. Twenty years later, that record was broken when 22.8 million watched William and Kate head down the aisle. Then in 2018, 1.39 billion viewers with Meghan and Harry’s nuptials. Keep reading to learn more about the royal family.
- The Queen always wore bold colours. A very practical reason behind this was so that fans would never miss her in a crowd.
- King Charles III is the first Charles to sit on the throne since 1685. Read more about the Royal Family order of succession.
- Princess Diana's wedding dress contained over 10,000 pearls and the train was an impressive 25 feet long, one of the longest in royal history.
- The Queen's wedding dress fabric was bought with ration coupons. The queen, by law, had to buy the fabric for her wedding dress using ration coupons and could not accept donations made by the public.
- Someone once tried to kidnap Princess Anne. On March 20, 1974, Ian Ball attempted to kidnap the princess. The would-be kidnapper shot several men in his failed attempt and was eventually arrested.
- The Queen rode horses into her 90s
- Royals always carry a black outfit in their luggage. Members of the royal family have to travel prepared for all eventualities, including an unexpected death in the family.
- The Firm aka the Royal Family is also a 1000 year old family business with their own website, investments and property portfolio.
Libraries have a great range of royal reads. Find your next read at your local branch or download one of our popular eBooks or audiobooks from our extensive eLibrary.
Libraries love these eBooks:
- The Palace Papers: the Sunday Times bestseller by Tina Brown
- Prince Philip: I Know I am Rude, But I Like It: the royals and the rest of us as seen by Prince Philip by Nigel Cawthorne
- The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II by Ian Lloyd
- Queen of Our times: the Life of Elizabeth II by Robert Hardman
- Traitor King: the Scandalous Exile of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor by Andrew Lownie
- The Real Diana by Lady Colin Campbell
- A Royal Love Triangle: Diana Remembered, Camilla Revealed by Susanna De Vries
- My Husband and I: the Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage by Ingrid Seward
To get started download the cloudLibrary and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Browse royal issues of these eMagazines:
- All About History Book of British Royals
- Life the Years of the Crown
- PEOPLE Story of the Royals
- Royal Women
To start reading free eMagazines download the Libby app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your library membership number and password.
Listen on the go with these eAudiobooks:
- Meghan and Harry: The real story by Lady Colin Campbell
- Elizabeth and Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters by Andrew Morton
- The Crown: The Inside History by Robert Lacey
- Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors by Tom Bower
To get started download the BorrowBox, Libby and uLibrary apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Watch these royal-themed movies on Beamafilm:
- A Royal Night Out: Home is Buckingham Palace. Our two teenagers are Princess Margaret and the future Queen of England, Elizabeth II. This is the story of a delightful and romantic Royal Night Out.
- Ironclad: It is the year 1215 and the rebel barons of England have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal to the Magna Carta, a noble, seminal document that upheld the rights of free men.
- Mary Queen of Scots: A biography of the doomed monarch whose devotion to her cousin Elizabeth I, and her duty to her country left her executed.
- Farewell, My Queen: At the dawn of the French Revolution, as turmoil brews in Paris, Versailles carries on, careless and unworried as if isolated from the rest of the world.
- Royal Wedding: Royal Wedding sees brother and sister Tom and Ellen Bowen as stars of a show Every Night at Seven, a Broadway theatre success. They are persuaded to take the show to London, capitalizing on a wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh.
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- Read about Royal Visits to the Sunshine Coast. Check out a series of photos from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s iconic visit with Picture Sunshine Coast.
- Learn about famous royals with World Book Online. Log in with your library membership number to get started. Search “Queen Elizabeth II”, “House of Tudor”, “Royal Families” and more.
- Enjoy these feature articles from National Geographic magazine: “The World of Elizabeth I” and Windsor Castle”. Log in with a free State Library of Queensland membership and search these article titles.
- Experience a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace: The tour will take you to the Grand Staircase. Then explore the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room and the Blue Drawing Room.
Get your royal updates with these podcasts:
- Dynasty by Vanity Fair: examines the ties that bind the most influential families in the world today, taking you inside their lives for a glimpse at the inner workings of privilege.
- Royally Obsessed: discusses the latest news coming out of Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and beyond
- Pod Save the Queen (Apple Podcasts): The award-winning royal podcast from the Daily Mirror. The royal family is finding its way in a new era on both sides of the Atlantic.
- The Crown Official Podcast (Apple Podcasts): The exclusive companion podcast to accompany the Netflix Original Series The Crown.
- Noble Blood: explores the stories of some of history’s most fascinating royals: the tyrants and the tragic, the murderers and the murdered, and everyone in between.
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