I adore Windsor Castle; it’s always near the top of my ‘must see list’ when I have friends visiting from oversees. The oldest, largest and most famous royal castle in the world is simply enchanting. It’s no surprise it’s one of the Queen’s favourite homes, too.
So I was delighted to discover Will there Be Knights and Dragons?; a new and rather beautiful colour illustrated book for children. It follows a knight and two children as they explore Windsor Castle in search of the knight’s pet dragon, and discover all sorts of fun facts along the way. They find out about the Castle’s secret passages, its special treasures, the most amazing dolls’ house in the world, and The Queen’s sleepovers. Is the Round Tower really round? How can you tell when The Queen is at home, and of course, are there any dragons at the castle? All is revealed! The children even get to play with the corgis and help out in the Great Kitchen, where food is prepared for State Banquets. They make jam tarts and marvel at the enormous machine that can whisk 500 eggs at once.
Authors, Marion McAuley and Leah Kharibian have joined forces with illustrator, Katy Sleight, to produce this entertaining and educational book, explaining the 1,000-year history of the royal residence and how it is used by the Royal Family today.
Jemima Rellie, Director of Publishing and New Media at the Royal Collection, said: ‘This book introduces children to centuries of British history as encapsulated in the biggest and oldest occupied castle in the world. It is packed with wonderful photographs and fascinating facts about the building and its use by The Queen today.’
Will There Be Knights and Dragons? is published by Royal Collection Publications, priced £3.95. It is aimed at children aged 5-8.
To purchase a copy of the book please visit: www.royalcollectionshops.co.uk