The board game banned by the Queen revealed as Royal Family’s competitive spirit saw them turn ‘vicious’

The Royal Family are reportedly 'not allowed' to play this popular board game at home.

Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives at the annual Commonwealth Day service on Commonwealth Day on March 14, 2016 in Westminster Abbey
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The Queen has reportedly ‘banned’ one of the most popular board games at home in her magnificent palaces after previous games with the Royal Family turned “vicious”.  


The Queen and the Royal Family might have many long-held traditions, but when it comes to family gatherings, it seems there’s one board game that is simply “not allowed” in her royal residences. This particular game is a popular choice for many families around the world, though it tends to bring out players’ competitive spirit. And it certainly seems to do so for the Queen’s children, grandchildren and other relatives. Their past “vicious” games are suggested to have led to the Queen banning it entirely to avoid a recurrence of this behavior. 

As reported by The Telegraph back in 2008, Prince Andrew explained that it’s classic economics-themed board game, Monopoly, that isn’t likely to be on the Queen’s activity list any time soon. 

Queen Elizabeth II attends the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on December 25, 2008 in Sandringham

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During a visit to Leeds Building Society's refurbished Albion Street headquarters that December, the Duke of York, who was back then still a working member of the Royal Family, was presented with Monopoly as a gift. 

Though it was a thoughtful choice to mark his visit, Prince Andrew then went on to reveal that it sadly wouldn’t be one he and his relatives would be able to put to good use that festive season or any of the days after. 

“We're not allowed to play Monopoly at home,” he reportedly shared. “It gets too vicious."

Whilst Monopoly might not be on the cards, it’s not clear just what family games the royal play instead when they all gather at Sandringham for the festive season.

Queen Elizabeth II stands in the music room of Buckingham Palace after recording her Christmas day message to the Commonwealth on December 22, 2008

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Though many of the Queen’s great-grandchildren are expected to be invited to celebrate with her in Norfolk this year, so some games could potentially be played on the big day, at least to entertain the little ones.

This Christmas will mark the monarch’s first since she lost her beloved “strength and stay”, the Duke of Edinburgh, in April. The Queen and Prince Philip were married for 73 years and she’s said to be “looking forward” to hosting Christmas again for her wider family this year. In 2020, she and Prince Philip celebrated “quietly” at Windsor Castle due to the pandemic.

This the Queen will no doubt be comforted by the support of her loved ones at Christmas as she reflects on memories of past celebrations with her beloved late husband. One of the best real Christmas trees has already been put up at her Berkshire home ahead of December 1st, though the Queen’s Christmas tree has confused fans a little with its extensive decorations. 

And with the festive season almost upon us, it also won’t be long before fans will get to hear the Queen’s Christmas speech 2021 as she reflects on what has come and provides her hopes for the year ahead.

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!