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29th October 1999 at 01:00
The British Monarchy - the official website. www.royal.gov.uk

Love them or loathe them, not many families have the capacity to generate such delicious controversy as the British royal family.

There are umpteen monarchy-related sites on the web, from the abusive to the downright bootlicking. On this gossip-free "official" site the notorious antics of the Duchess of York may have been tactfully glossed over (well, completely omitted), but this is still well worth a look for its informative and educational value.

There are heaps of useful facts about the history of the Commonwealth and a look at the monarchy through the ages. Alternatively, you could read Edward VIII's abdication speech or use the royal family tree to find out if those minor royals (who feature regularly in Hello! magazine) really are related to the Queen.

FableVision animation. www.fablevision.com

Adelightfully cute site with lots of lively animation and imaginative stories. It's no surprise that the animation is so impressive - the site is run by a US company that specialises in interactive media. Needless to say there is a good deal of self-promotion, but you can bypass all that and get your kids to head straight for the stories and games. Visit the Fable Library and follow the Adventures of Sticky Burr (an adorable-looking forest creature) presented on-line in comic strip style.

The Blue Shoe is another charming creation - a fable about one shoe's quest for a "sole mate". Children are even invited to write their own fables about the Prune - a large animated prune on legs - and the best contributions are displayed on the site.

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