Longest Reigning Monarch

Longest Reigning Monarch - Queen Elizabeth IIOn 9th September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became Britain's longest reigning monarch, overtaking in length the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

Although the Queen asked that there should no be no official celebrations, you can't keep a royal celebration down and we know that many of you will be marking the date and will want to recognise its importance in some way. We have produced a few special new activities that we hope will help!

The Beginning of Her Reign

Princess Elizabeth became Queen on 6th February 1952 at the age of 25 when her father, George VI, died. She was crowned the following year on 2nd June 1953 in Westminster Abbey. It was the first coronation to be televised and many people scrimped and saved to buy a television set for the event; those that had televisions threw Coronation parties so that their friends and families could watch with them!

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at her coronation, 2nd June 1953
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at her coronation, 2nd June 1953

The Numbers

According to Buckingham Palace, Queen Victoria reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes, taking into account 63 years and 15 leap days.

Queen Elizabeth's Records

According to the Guinness Book of Records, Queen Elizabeth has set a number of "records". She holds the world record for most currencies featuring the same person. Her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, when over 1,000 boats formed her flotilla on the river Thames, set a new world record for the number of boats in a parade. Our Queen is also the first British monarch to conducted a royal 'walkabout' and hold a public pop concert in her back garden!

More Resources

Don't forget that, in addition to the resources below, we have lots more activities for you to explore here:

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1950s Television Colouring Page

1950s Television Colouring Page

One of the biggest events of the 1950's was the coronation of Elizabeth II, when those people lucky enough to have a television invited friends, family and neighbours around to watch.

63 Colouring Page

63 Colouring Page

Celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 63 years on the throne by colouring in this lovely big number 63!

Coronation Colouring Page

Coronation Colouring Page

This colouring page tries to capture the excitement of June 1953 and Queen Elizabeth's coronation. Make sure to colour the Queen's coach in gold!

How Long Worksheet

How Long Worksheet

Buckingham Palace has worked out that Queen Victoria reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes, taking into account 63 years and 15 leap days.

Longest Reign Word Cards

Longest Reign Word Cards

These word cards feature a few words which might be useful for 9th September, when the Queen takes over from Queen Victoria as our longest reigning monarch. There are three blank cards included for your own words, too.

Queen Elizabeth II Longest Reign Colouring Page

Queen Elizabeth II Longest Reign Colouring Page

We produced this lovely "God Save the Queen" colouring page to mark the point in September 2015 when Queen Elizabeth II becomes our longest reigning British monarch - hence the recognition of 63 years in top left!

Queen Elizabeth II Longest Reign Portrait Frame

Queen Elizabeth II Longest Reign Portrait Frame

Use this pretty frame to surround your writing activities (or a picture) celebrating Queen Elizabeth's long reign, and the fact that she becomes our longest reigning monarch on 9th September 2015. There are three versions to choose from below.

Queen Elizabeth II Longest Reign Story Paper 3

Queen Elizabeth II Longest Reign Story Paper 3

This story paper features picturex of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II for the kids to colour in, as well as space to write about the fact that on 9th September 2015 the Queen will become our longest reigning monarch.

Queen Victoria's Reign in Days, Hours and Minutes

Queen Victoria's Reign in Days, Hours and Minutes

Use this printable together with our longest reign worksheets for some counting and calculation practice! Remember, on 9th September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II will take over from Queen Victoria as our longest reigning monarch.

Westminster Abbey Colouring Page

Westminster Abbey Colouring Page

Westminster Abbey was watched worldwide in 2011 as the venue for William and Kate's wedding, but it has also been a popular sight for visitors to London, just opposite the Houses of Parliament. Our sight-seeing children are paying it a visit in this Westminster Abbey colouring page!

Westminster Abbey Poster

Westminster Abbey Poster

The site of many royal weddings and coronations, here's a Westminster Abbey poster to print and display.

Westminster Abbey Writing Page

Westminster Abbey Writing Page

Since 1066 Westminster Abbey has been the coronation venue of English and British monarchs.  We have black and white and colour versions of our Westminister Abbey writing page for children to record their research into this historic site.

And how about a Royal Craft...

Royal Crafts
Royal Crafts

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