Kings and Queens of England
Welcome to our guide to kings and queens, where you can learn about England’s history, discover more about our sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! Here’s what we’ve got in store for you:
Watch: England's Kings and Queens through the ages
Watch our animated timeline video to see a history of England's rulers through the centuries, from Athelstan to Elizabeth II. Then click the link below to download and print your own poster of England's Kings and Queens.Download your poster
Things to make and do: get creative with our Kings and Queens themed activities
Design a royal crown
Find out about royal crowns through history and learn about the Imperial State Crown, part of the Crown Jewels. Then choose from our 3 downloadable templates to design your own crown fit for a king or queen!
Design your own great tower
Design your own Great Tower in the style of Henry II! Download our template and follow the instructions to create an opening tower, then use pencils, pens or paints to design the rooms - what will you put in yours?
Design your own royal seal
On letters and official documents, rulers used a royal seal – a pattern stamped in wax. You can make your own using plasticine, a potato or modelling clay. Download our template to draw your design for your seal.
More things to make and do
Browse our best ideas and get hands-on and crafty with history. From model historical homes to costumes and coats of arms, there’s plenty to be inspired by. Simply download our easy-to-use templates and instructions!
WATCH: AN INTERVIEW WITH HENRY VIII AT ELTHAM PALACE
We sent young English Heritage Members Damon and Amelia to Eltham Palace to meet King Henry VIII.
Find out what Henry VIII was like, why he beheaded Anne Boleyn, and watch Damon and Amelia take him on at his favourite sport.Watch the video
READ THE KIDS RULE! GUIDE TO KINGS AND QUEENS
Read Kids Rule! magazine online to learn about the Kings and Queens of England through the ages, from Aethelstan to Elizabeth II. Plus, we’ve also got a quiz to help you discover how well you know your royals and a downloadable tower for you to design for yourself.
This is the 11th in our series of Kids Rule! magazines following the history of England. Each issue is designed to help you discover more about our properties through fun facts, illustrated stories and games.Read The Magazine