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The Queen was a secret Wii bowling champ and even had a boujie 24 carat gold console

Charisa Bossinakis

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The Queen was a secret Wii bowling champ and even had a boujie 24 carat gold console

Featured Image Credit: John Beasley / Alamy Stock Photo. Donny Fillerup/eBay

It turns out Her Majesty was quite the gamer as she had a 24-carat gold Nintendo Wii and loved to play bowling on the popular console.

She may have had a taste for the finer things in life, but the Queen also had a knack for video games.

She discovered her guilty pleasure she after witnessing Prince William play Wii bowling after lunch at Sandringham House one afternoon, the New York Post reports.

According to the outlet, a source disclosed: "She thought the Nintendo looked tremendous fun and begged to join in.

"She played a simple 10-pin bowling game and by all accounts was a natural. It was hilarious."

Credit: Allstar Picture Library Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Allstar Picture Library Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Apparently, Prince William was rather amused by his cool gran and her affinity for the gaming system.

It even led to the video game company THQ gifting her with a solid gold console, so she could well and truly indulge in her hobby.

Product manager of the company Danielle Robinson said, as per Video Gamer: "BIG Family Games is the ultimate Wii game to get all family members, from grandparents to young children, playing together.

"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. 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."

Credit: eBay
Credit: eBay

However, Buckingham Palace eventually sold the gold-plated console as they were advised to get rid of unsolicited gifts for security reasons.

A man named Donny Fillerup purchased it in 2017; however, he eventually ended up selling the video game system on eBay for a jaw-dropping $300,000 (AUD $443,482 or £259,999), the Mirror reports.

With a gaming console that’s literally ‘fit for a queen’, we can see why Donny decided to up the cost.

Donny told the outlet that a friend advised him to sell the Wii for $500,000 (AUD $738,907 or £293,204).

He added: "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.”

I mean, with that jarring price point, Donny can also settle into early retirement. 

Topics: Gaming, News, The Queen, UK News, Royal Family

Charisa Bossinakis
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