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Cultural Capital – The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

September 14, 2022
4 minute read

For years to come, and with future generations, there will be many discussions around where we were when he heard of the passing of the queen, and what life was like when the queen died.  

This is a huge opportunity to create lasting memories and a small piece of history with our children, families and colleagues.  

The activities and opportunities that could be provided within our settings to mark this huge sadness and piece of history should be of the highest quality and provide the children with some of the all-important cultural capital. 

This is the perfect time to discuss the royals, who they are and what they do for the country. It might be a great time to change your role play area into a palace or castle, and add in some royal dressing up clothes.  

Now that Queen Elizabeth III has sadly passed away, King Charles III has now stepped up to rule the country. There could be a million discussions in your settings about kings, and queens and so many fun games to be played.  

Crowns and tiaras are a great activity that can be accessed by all – and can be as unique and individual as the children in our settings. There are also many books on the market around the royal family that we can read with the little ones.   

Adding photographs of royal building such as Buckingham palace, Balmoral, Windsor Castle, Sandringham, and others to your construction areas and mark making areas may spark conversation and creativity around royal buildings, homes and how different people live. Discussions about where we live and what makes our homes special are a perfect example of cultural capital. Although right now, I would not advise a trip to a royal building, walks around your local community to identify the different kinds of homes and who may live there is a great learning opportunity.  

Maybe you might like to look at the royals around the world, especially those countries that the children in your settings may identify with.  

Your settings may wish to observe National Mourning in your own unique ways, based on the government guidance. Children may wish to create a memorial for the late queen, creating portraits to be hung, crafting flowers, and laying them in respect. You may also wish to allow the children to create a flag to be hung at half-mast in memory of Queen Elzabeth II.  

Discussing grief and death with children can be difficult. It is likely that a number of children in our settings have suffered a loss, and the recent passing of our queen may trigger some emotions for these children.  

With the state funeral creeping up on us, we may want to discuss how we say goodbye in our different cultures, talk about sadness, and beliefs after life. Discussing lifecycles with children may help them to understand. 

In the days and weeks to come, you may choose to host a memorial tea party fr our late queen, offering the best British afternoon tea you can offer. You can read more about afternoon tea in settings here (add link here) 

Within this worldwide sadness, there are a million learning opportunities, all which will create tales and memories for our children and young people in the years to come. During classes in primary and secondary school, or later on in life with friends and loved ones, the children in our settings will discuss what they were doing when the queen died, and maybe, the opportunities you provide may go down in history with them too!  

Let the queen rest easy knowing that her memory will live on with the children in our settings. 

Also read our related blog - Paddington Bear and The Queen Afternoon Tea

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