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Kings and Queens: 1,000 Years of British Royal History

Release date: Friday, 18 November 2016


Royal Collection Trust's first ever children's iPad app has been short-listed for an award.  Kings and Queens: 1,000 Years of British Royal History  explores the lives of the 42 British kings and queens from the last 1000 years, and is a contender in the Children's Digital Book category for the FutureBook Innovation Awards, held on 2 December.  

The app brings kings and queens to life through over 20 animated portraits from the Royal Collection, many of which can be seen in royal residences today.  The image of each monarch is accompanied by a biography, key facts about their life, and a timeline to explain their rule within a wider historical context.  Users can also test their knowledge with an interactive quiz about each monarch.

The profile of each king and queen is arranged in a family tree, showing siblings, spouses and offspring.  Those exploring the app will learn about the links between the ruling houses, and how and why the Crown passed from one ruler to the next, from William I in the 11th century to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

Now in their fifth year, the FutureBook awards are run in association with the industry magazine The Bookseller and recognise projects and people operating in the digital part of the book trade. More than 40 companies, individuals and products have been shortlisted for awards across eight different categories.

Kings and Queens: 1,000 Years of British Royal History is available now from the App Store. Find out more about the app here.