From tennis to horseriding, Queen Elizabeth was known to love sports. However, not many people know that she was also a fan of gaming.
The now-deceased monarch reportedly loved to play the Nintendo Wii with her grandchildren, and in particular, Wii Sports bowling.
According to Palace sources, the Queen became hooked on the £200 console one Christmas at Sandringham when Prince William received it as a gift from Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge.
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Apparently the Queen saw William playing it and 'begged' to join in, and was actually quite good at it.
A Palace source told The People in 2008: "When she saw William playing a game after lunch at Sandringham she thought the Nintendo looked tremendous fun and begged to join in.
"She played a simple ten-pin bowling game and by all accounts was a natural.
"It was hilarious. William was in fits of laughter. He was enormously impressed at having such a cool gran. And although she is 81 the Queen's hand-eye coordination was as good as somebody half her age."
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Apparently the Queen showed 'all the signs of becoming a Nintendo addict' after William unwrapped the gift. At the time, a palace source said: "He loves his gadgets and boys' toys. So it was the perfect present for him.
"His only difficulty now is prising it away from the Queen's clutches. She showed all the signs of becoming a Nintendo addict."
In 2009, gaming company THQ actually built a custom 24-karat gold-plated Nintendo Wii for Queen Elizabeth and sent it to Buckingham Palace as a gift, where it was rejected.
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