A children's book about the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Book cover of Kings, Queens and a Scottish Lion, a children's book about the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Wednesday, 6 June 2012

A children’s book that introduces younger readers to the Palace of Holyroodhouse has been published by Royal Collection Publications. In Kings, Queens and a Scottish Lion, a Palace warden explains the 500-year history of Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland to two children. She tells them the story of the kings and queens who have lived there and how the Palace is used today.  A lion called Lachlan, named by children from Abbey Hill Primary School in Edinburgh, is hiding in the book. Readers are encouraged to find him on every page.

Children of all ages from Abbey Hill Primary School are regular visitors to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  Head teacher Irene Brennan said, ‘Primary 3 at Abbey Hill were delighted to be part of the exciting process of publishing such a lovely book. We hope everyone will enjoy finding out about the Palace with Lachlan the lion, whose name was chosen by the children.’

Alison Campbell, Learning Manager at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, said, ‘The book introduces the magic, drama, romance, history and spectacle that is encapsulated in the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  It brings the history of the Palace alive for children and introduces them to famous residents, such as Mary, Queen of Scots. The book is packed full of facts and pictures, and is intended to both educate and entertain.’

Kings, Queens and a Scottish Lion is the third children’s book published by Royal Collection Publications.  It follows Does The Queen Wear Her Crown in Bed?, which guides children around Buckingham Palace, and Will There Be Knights and Dragons? , which tells the story of Windsor Castle. 

The book is priced at £3.95.

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