With Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebration coming up (June 2-5), it’s a good time to learn some interesting facts about Her Majesty. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II is only the second British monarch to ever celebrate a Diamond Jubilee? This celebration was once reserved for the 75th anniversary of a king or queen’s reign, but the number was changed to 60 for Queen Victoria’s sake. If you’re looking for some quick info about Queen Elizabeth II to share with your students, check out 60 Facts about the Queen. You could assign each student a number to paraphrase for the class.
If your students are interested in the British monarchy, we also hope you’ll try our ready-made lesson plan on Queen Elizabeth from our Famous People section.
Ready-made English Lesson Plans for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Queen Elizabeth: Elizabeth II has been the Queen of the United Kingdom and the head of the Commonwealth for more 60 years. She is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this weekend.
Princess Diana: This beautiful princess of England was noted for both her charity work and her scandal-plagued marriage to Prince Charles.
Victoria Day (NEW): This Canadian holiday is celebrated annually on the last Monday before May 25th. Students learn a brief history about Queen Victoria, and work together to fill out a royal family tree.
Queen Noor of Jordan: Queen Noor of Jordan is the first queen of an Arab country to be born in the United States. After becoming an architect, she married King Hussein of Jordan in 1978.
Whitney Houston: Whitney Houston was often called America’s “Queen of Pop”. Though her life was too short, Houston had a voice that will not be forgotten. Of course, some give Madonna this title. We have that lesson too!
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