“And we’ll never be royals… royals…” I did believe I could be a princess one day (hey, it worked out for Mary!) especially after I was taken to see Diana in 1983. I was searching to find the date of her Perth visit and found this photo which I am 95% sure is me! I loved that outfit (black velvet knickerbockers – so 80s!) and had been the victim of a bodgy home haircut attempt earlier that year.


But I digress… kings, queens, princes, princesses and the rest – royals have been the subject of many rumours, movies, television shows and of course BOOKS.

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King Pig / Nick Bland

King Pig can make the other pigs do whatever he wants them to do… except like him. A funny story with cute illustrations and a reminder that kindness is more important than kingliness.


Happy birthday, royal baby! / Martha Mumford

It is the royal baby’s birthday and the castle is in chaos… food, balloons, games, music, gifts and even a parachuting Queen!

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Ten little princesses / Mike Brownlow

This book creatively combines classic fairy tales, counting, rhyme and bright illustrations as the ten little princesses make their way to the ball. Will they all get there?

A royal rhyme

‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ – one of my favourite rhymes when I was a little girl


Oh, The grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.

And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only half-way up,
They were neither up nor down.

Crafty crowns

A simple but fun craft, which can be used for dress-ups and imaginative games.

  • Cut the crown shape from a piece of paper or card
  • Decorate with any or all of: crayons, paint, jewels, feathers, paper, cellophane, foil, buttons, pompoms or anything else you can find
  • Use ribbon, string, staples or tape to make the crown into a circular shape.

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