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:

A Day in the Life Episode 11: Kings and Queens

Meet eight-year-old Prince Bertie, the eldest son of Queen Victoria.  It's June 1850 and the royal family are staying at Osborne on the Isle of Wight.

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 royally 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!

Quiz: How well do you know England's royals?

Could you impress your friends and family with your knowledge about the lives of England's rulers?  Take our fun quiz to find out!

Take the quiz!


We sent young English Heritage Members Damon and Amelia to Eltham Palace to meet King Henry VIII himself!  Watch this video to find out what Henry VIII was like, why he beheaded Anne Boleyn, and see Damon and Amelia take him on at his favourite sport.

Watch the video


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 issue 11 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.

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