Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926. She grew up during the Second World War. So it's perhaps understandable that, given the fact her own kids grew up without them, she's a little wary about the effects of playing video games at a young age.

Author Joanne Harris, who was presented with an MBE at Buckingham Palace yesterday, said that upon speaking with the Queen "She asked me what I thought about e-books and computer games and said that she feared that children were playing with those more than they were reading books."

"So I told her that we start them on e-books and computer games and TV and then try to get them on to books later."

Smart and diplomactic. Well played. And I'm not just saying that because it's the path I'm taking with my own kids. OK, maybe it is.

Queen tells Harris of book concerns [Express]