The changing power of kings and queens

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About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History | Topic: Victorians, Stuarts | Session Type: Route-based

Travel through time at Kensington Palace to discover how the English monarchy has changed over the centuries.

Led by a costumed presenter, children will explore the lives of those who lived at Kensington Palace, including Queen Victoria, William and Mary, as well as many others.

Designed to develop children's chronological understanding of British history, this session covers a range of time frames that helps it to fit into any unit of study that explores the monarchy post-1066.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Explore the changing role of the monarchy in terms of the balance of power with Parliament.
  • Explore the significance of Kensington Palace through the ages.
  • See Kensington Palace as a royal residence, designed to impress and entice.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • Investigating a theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • Constructing informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
  • Noting connections, contrasts and trends over time and developing the appropriate use of historical terms.

Booking information

Tuesday, Thursday
10.30, 11.45, 13.15

60 minutes

35 students

£95 per session plus admission

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