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Who is The Queen?

  • Windsor Castle
  • Monday, 1 Jun 2020 - Friday, 23 Jul 2021
  • Key stage 1
  • Citizenship, English, History
  • Changes within living memory, Coronation, Lives of significant individuals, The Queen
  • Details
  • Travel
  • Lunch facilities
  • Access
  • How to book
  • Prices
  • Security



What are The Queen’s favourite hobbies and how would it feel to wear her Coronation robe and crown? What does Her Majesty do in the splendid rooms at the Castle?  How does she make someone a knight at Windsor?

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Explore Her Majesty’s working life during her reign, including the many official and State duties that she carries out at Windsor
  • Develop the children’s skills in identifying symbols of royalty
  • Encourage children to discover whose home Windsor Castle is, and how we can identify if The Queen is in residence
  • Discover what The Queen likes to do when she takes time off

In this session the children will:

  • Use replica Crown Jewels to recreate The Queen's Coronation in 1953
  • Employ speaking and listening skills, to role play some of Her Majesty's official duties, such as the dubbing ceremony of a knight
  • Dress up and use props for some role play activities

With plenty of opportunities for imagination, roleplay and not forgetting to mention replica Crown Jewels, take a unique look at our longest-reigning British monarch.

Available on Weekdays
Session times: 11:30 (lunch 12:30), 12:30 (lunch 11:45); State Apartments - 11:30 (lunch 12:45), 12:30 (lunch 11:45)
Duration: 40 to 50 minutes depending on location

"Children were totally engaged.  The session was interactive and relevant to what we have been learning at school."  Yr 1 Teacher


For further information regarding the additional Covid related safety measures in place at our sites, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

Please note:  although this information is tailored for individual visitors and families, much of the advice will be useful in preparing for your visit. The advice/instructions for 'Groups' bookings does not apply to school groups. School groups visiting RCT sites will be treated as a class "bubble", in line with UK Government guidelines. 




Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

By car

There is no visitor car parking at the Castle, so we recommend you use public car parks in the town centre. Details about parking can be found on

By train

The nearest stations are 'Windsor & Eton Central' or 'Windsor & Eton Riverside'.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Green Line 702 service operates daily services from Greenline Coach Station which is near Victoria station, London.

Surbiton Coaches runs a shuttle bus service between Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace from spring to autumn. 

Tour companies operate excursions to Windsor Castle from many London hotels. For details, please ask your hotel concierge.

Lunch facilities

Lunch facilities

Subject to availability, pre-booked school groups will have use of the facilities at the Learning Centre, located just outside the Castle walls.  This is your base for the day and you will receive a coach pass to enable your coach driver to set you down and collect you from here.  Facilities include a space to eat packed lunches and a safe place to leave coats and bags.



Our learning programmes are designed to be accessible to all pupils.  Most of our sessions can be adapted to meet any educational or access needs your group may have.  Please ask for details when booking.

You may find the information for visitors on the Autism spectrum helpful when planning your visit to Windsor Castle.

Our presentation Introducing you to the Learning Centre and Castle Precincts (SEN groups) is a useful starting point for familiarising yourself and your special needs pupils with these spaces.

How to book

How to book

To find out more or to make a booking contact the Learning Bookings team.

Please have to hand:

  • Preferred date and possible alternatives, plus time of arrival
  • Numbers of children and supervising adults
  • The taught programme you would like
  • Details of any special educational or access needs

You will then be sent a reservation letter, together with your teachers’ resource pack, giving a date by which full payment must be received to secure the booking.

Please note: you may be asked to cover the cost of the session if you cancel within short notice of your visit.  Non-booked schools will be charged at standard group admission rates.  Please see our Terms of Application for Learning Group Admissions.

Contact us

Learning Bookings Team
Ticket Sales and Information Office
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA

T. (+44) (0)303 123 7323
F. (+44) (0)20 7930 9625
[email protected]

Sharing Learning Objectives

Sending us your learning objectives prior to your visit will help us tailor the session to your group’s requirements. Please contact us in advance if you have any specific learning objectives in mind.

Planning Visits

Once you have made your booking, we offer two complimentary tickets for you and a colleague to conduct a planning visit.  If you would like to meet a member of the Learning team during this visit, please let us know at the time of booking.

Our presentation Introducing you to the Learning Centre and Castle Precincts is a useful starting point for familiarising yourself and your pupils with these spaces.

Teachers' Packs for each site can be downloaded here.



Reduced-rate admission for school groups

Pre-booked school groups: £6.00 per pupil
Children in Reception or below: FREE
Discounted rate for schools in the Royal borough 

Accompanying adults

One teacher or adult helper is admitted free of charge at the following ratios:

Under 5s - 1 adult: 3 pupils
Years 1 to 3 - 1 adult: 6 pupils
Year 4 and above - 1 adult: 10 pupils

Please ask for details of rates for additional adults when booking.



Royal Collection Trust sites have airport-style security measures at all public entry points, through which all visitors, including school groups, are required to enter.  All adults and children will be asked to:

  • Allow any bags to be searched by hand
  • Walk through a metal detector arch, one at a time
  • Switch off mobile phones

The Royal Collection Trust Learning section asks that teachers undertake the following guidelines to make entry to Royal Collection Trust sites as smooth and quick as possible:

  • Please arrive at the Royal Collection Trust site at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time for the booked workshop
  • Teachers and children should not bring the following: scissors, compasses, metal cutlery, sharp metallic implements
  • Only bring what you need! The Royal Collection Trust Learning section can provide all necessary equipment such as clipboards, pencils and drawing materials (groups can bring their own sketchbooks if they prefer to use these)
Children participating in a schools' session at Windsor Castle


Linked resources

Who is the Queen? - Remote Activity

A Royal Home - children's trail

State Apartments quiz