A gold-plated Wii for Her Majesty: yes, it's good to be the queen


What do you get for the video-game-obsessed constitutional monarch who has everything? The Queen of England now has another toy to play with, something we commoners can't get even if we had the money: a gold-plated Nintendo Wii.

Publisher THQ gave the Wii to the royal family, along with a copy of BIG Family Games.

"The Royal Family is arguably the most important family in the country, so we felt that they had to have a copy of the new game," said THQ product manager Danielle Robinson on 1up.com, a gaming website. "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. We hope that she and the rest of the Royal Family enjoy the game," Robinson said.

Queen Elizabeth became a Wii fan at Christmas, when her grandson, Prince William, received one as a gift from his girlfriend. The queen enjoys Wii bowling. She's become a notorious gadget freak: She got her first mobile phone in 2001 and has regularly upgraded to one with the latest features; she set up her own e-mail account years ago; she got an iPod in 2005 that can store more than 100,000 tunes (and received another iPod this year, a gift from President and Mrs. Obama); and last June she added a BlackBerry to her techno treasure trove.