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The Queen’s Jubilee

April 29th 2022| Michael Mountford

The Queen’s Jubilee

Her Majesty The Queen has now celebrated the biggest milestone in British Monarchy history!

As she becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after an incredible 70 years of service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on 2nd June 1953, taking the throne after the death of George VI on 6th February 1952, being proclaimed as queen shortly afterwards.

Since her coronation to the throne, The Queen has seen and done a lot, but there might also be things you never knew about her!

Let’s look at a few of these:

  • Her coronation was watched by a televised audience of 20 million people on 2nd June 1953.
  • As presents gifted from other countries, The Queen owns an elephant, two giant turtles, a jaguar, and a pair of sloths. They all live safely in London Zoo.
  • She is the only person in the UK allowed to drive without a driving license
  • In 1972, The Queen became the first-ever British monarch to visit a communist country when she visited Yugoslavia, receiving a great reception from a crowd in Belgrade.

Classroom Activities

Royal Family Tree

Credit to BBC for creating this extensive Royal Family Tree

The Royal Family has a very extensive past and could provide a good segway into teaching how to read and create your own family tree. This activity would be a good way to teach pupils about the Monarchy as well as how to research their own family history.

Check out our Royal Family Tree Activity Sheet:

Use this activity to encourage children to research a simplified version of Queen Elizabeth II’s family tree.

Children could fill in the family tree themselves or use the cut and stick sheet to add pre-printed photos.

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II: ‘The Crowning Ceremony’ – 1953

Queen Elizabeth was 25 years old when she acceded to the throne in 1952, and she was formally crowned the following year.

Queen Elizabeth was not originally destined to become Queen. However, her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936, so it was left to his brother, the Queen’s father, George, to take up the reins. Elizabeth was 11 years old when her father was crowned King George VI. At this point, the whole course of her life changed. Prior to this, she was expected to take up a relatively minor royal role, but she would end up taking her place in history and steering the Royal Family into the 21st century. 

Decade Wheel

This is a great visual activity and involves creating a large circle of card, as big as you think necessary, perhaps with a picture of the Queen in the middle. Divide the circle into nine individual sectors and label each with the decade of the Queen’s life. Now either by finding pictures on the internet or drawing and colouring their own, make a collage of pictures of events from those decades, accompanied by a picture of the queen in that decade. The finished project could be displayed in the school entrance or hall.

History With a Royal Touch

The Queen is often seen marking the anniversaries of historical events but, given her rather long life, many of the events were ones that she experienced herself. Recently we have heard of what the Queen did during the 2nd World War as a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service but what were her experiences of other events in the history of the 20th and 21st centuries?

What did she do in the sixties during Beatlemania? Where was she when the Berlin Wall fell? Make use of the Queen’s experiences to help pupils look at historical events from a different perspective.

Choose a major event from the last 75 years. Find out what the Queen and the Royal Family were doing at the time. How did the events affect them? Did any of her children join the armed forces in a war?

Make sure to check out all of our Queen Elizabeth II – Notable Events resources

Queen Elizabeth II – Notable Events Door Poster

A fantastic door poster – to print and assemble – highlighting many of the amazing events, inventions and medical breakthroughs that have occurred during Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign.

Queen Elizabeth II – Notable Events Timeline Poster

A fantastic timeline – to print and assemble – highlighting many of the amazing events, inventions and medical breakthroughs that have occurred during Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign.

Queen Elizabeth II – Notable Events Information Poster

A fantastic information poster highlighting many of the amazing events, inventions and medical breakthroughs that have occurred during Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign.

Crown Craft

I think every child’s dream at one time or another is to be a King or Queen for a day. And what is a King or Queen without their crown!

A brilliant arts and craft activity that I’m sure every child will enjoy – making their own crowns. Something that is very individual, see who can make the most amazing paper and card crown. Take a look at this video below to get started.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Crown Craft

Create your own Platinum Jubilee crown that is fit for a queen (or king!) with this fun craft resource.

This is just one of our fabulous resources which will help you celebrate the Queen’s remarkable, Platinum Jubilee with your class!

Host your own class party, dress the classroom for the occasion and even bake a few new recipes, we’ve got everything to support you for the event.

Have a Great Day!

I hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.

Make sure to tag us on social media with any photos from the day 🙂

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added to the topic calendar!)

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