Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Love for Gaming


Queen Elizabeth II was a lady of fine taste with her golden throne and prized jewels that were the classic markers of wealth and status. People were surprised to learn about a 24-karat gold Nintendo Wii that was made specifically for her bowling interests. When she wasn’t out waving to the public, she was caught swinging her arms to claim the virtual victory.

This gaming console ended up at the gates of the royal palace by a video game company THQ as part of their BIG Family Games promotion. According to Palace sources, the company had the luxury console shipped to Buckingham Palace.

They shipped it out after the Queen became fascinated by her grandson’s new gadget. A Palace source said: “When she saw William playing a game after lunch at Sandringham she thought the Nintendo looked tremendous fun and begged to join in.”

Never underestimate the abilities of a grandma at a sport. The source added: “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.”

THQ product manager Danielle Robinson said: “Big Family Games is the ultimate Wii game to get all family members, from grandparents to young children, playing together. But we thought that Her Majesty the Queen wouldn’t want to play on any old console, so an extra-special gold one was commissioned,” he added. “We hope that she and the rest of the Royal Family enjoy the game!”

The console ended up with Donny Fillerup, from Utrecht in the Netherlands, who bought it back in 2017 after the company that sent it to Her Majesty, THQ, went bankrupt. Donny said he was looking to get rid of the gold console and had listed the item on eBay for $300,000. 

The eBay listing was titled: “24 Karat Golden Nintendo Wii that was made for Queen Elizabeth the 2nd.”

The console came with one game, Big Family Games, and one Wii remote control.

For the doubters hesitant to pay the huge price tag, the description says: “I have documents and emails of its possible authentication.”

Donny said: “My family was never very healthy financially, so money was always needed. I never wanted to sell it; however, I was always curious how much someone could give for it. I started talking to people about moving forward, and they told me nothing lasts forever. I’m the type [of person] who is attached to things in a way that I find it hard to let them go, so selling the Wii will also help me move forward in this respect.”

With the Queen’s passing, any takers could honor her spirit with a game of bowling.


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