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The British Royal Family: Home

A guide to the British Royal Family for 10th and 11th Graders.

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Use this page as an additional resource guide to learning about the British Monarchy. Here you can find information about each famous Monarch touched on in each class, as well as today's Royal Families social media page! 

Students, teachers and parents are welcome to explore all resources on this page for classroom and home use. Here you will find films, videos, historical facts, quizzes and activities to use to learn about the many branches of the Royal Family 

The Monarchy of the United Kingdom, or British Monarchy as it is commonly referred to as, is the constitutional monarchy of the United Kingdom, surrounding Isles as well as overseas territories. Queen Elizabeth II is the 32nd great-granddaughter to King Alfred the Great, who was the first effective Kind of England from 871 to 899. She is the current head of state and ascended the throne after her father, King George VI in 1952. She is the head of the British Royal Family and has 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 5 great-great children. She is 91 years old and has reign for 65 years. 

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the collective name for four countries, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which have been united under a single Parliament through a series of Acts of Union.

The Royal Facebook Page

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Buckingham Palace, the London home of the Queen, has served as the official London residence of the UK's sovereigns since 1837 and today is the main administrative headquarters of the Monarch. The palace is used for many official events held by the Queen and is even open to visitors in the summer. 

The Palace has a total of 775 which include 19 state rooms, 52 Royal bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. 

The Royal Family today, with Queen Elizabeth II (center), her husband The Duke of Edinburgh (center right) and her son Prince of Wales (center left), his wife The Duchess of Cornwall, and her eldest grandson and his wife The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

Prince Charle, who is Queen Elizabeths eldest son, is first in line for the throne.

Alfred the Great, one of the first self-described 'King of the Anglo-Saxons" and while he is no the first King of England, he is the first of the unbroken line of Monarchies from the House of Wessex.

George VI and his wife Elizabeth I,  Queen Elizabeth's father and mother, King George VI iconic for his succession to the throne during WWII.

Diana, Princess of Wales was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales before their divorce in 1996, and her death in 1997. She is considered one the most famous royals, and  is often described as the most photographed woman in the world.

Royal Memories: Prince Charles' Tribute to The Queen

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In Royal Memories: Prince Charles' Tribute to The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales shares memories and recalls events from Queen Elizabeth II's public and private life.

Drawing on archive news reels and never-before-seen home movies and photographs, The Prince reflects back on Her Majesty’s 60 year reign – both as the Great Britain's Queen and as his own mother. Previously-unseen photographs and cine films from Her Majesty’s private collection – many of them shot by the Queen herself – capture family life.

The Prince of Wales with a box of Queen Elizabeth II's cine films.

The Prince also shares footage from various family holidays, including one sequence, filmed by The Queen, in which we see a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne playing in the sand at Holkham beach in Norfolk.

Highlights include private cine camera footage, taken on Coronation day behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace, which shows Her Majesty juggling the dual role of mother and Queen as she walks along the corridor of Buckingham Palace and poses for official photographs.

There are also cine film sequences on board Britannia, at Windsor and at Balmoral, all of which give the viewer a fascinating insight into the life of the Royal Family in the 1940s and 1950s.

The Royal Coat of Arms

The main element of the Royal Arms is the shield which is divided into four quarters (see diagram). The three golden lions on a red background, symbolising England, occupy the first and fourth quarters. The Arms of Scotland, a red lion rearing on its hind legs inside a red border, are in the second quarter, and the Arms of Ireland's golden harp with silver strings on a blue background - are in the third quarter.

The lion and the unicorn supporting the shield represent England and Scotland respectively. They stand on a small frame called the compartment which sometimes incorporates the plant emblems of Scotland (thistle), Ireland (shamrock) and England (rose). The Compartment also has the sovereign's motto usually Dieu et mon droit ("God and my right").

Around the shield is a belt or strap with the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense ("Evil to him who evil thinks"), the symbol of the Order of the Garter. Above the shield is the gold barred helmet with the crest, a royal crown topped with a golden crowned lion.