Round Table Talk
Round Table Talk
Subject: Queen Elizabeth II. 65 Years on the Throne.
Objectives: to inform students about the life style of the Queen; to support their interest to language learning; to develop their socio-cultural competence.
Aids and materials: video “The Daily Routine of the Queen”, Power-point presentation.
The topic of the talk was previously discussed with the students. The groups had the task to find information, discuss and select the most interesting find the way to present it to the 6th formers and even guests without knowledge of English.
Here are the materials selected by the team of the 7th formers:
Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history. She celebrated 65 years on the throne in February 2017 with her Sapphire Jubilee.
Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) has been the Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since 6 February 1952. She is the Head of the Commonwealth and the Queen of 12 countries that have become independent since her accession: Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis
She was born was born on the 21st of April,1926 in London as the eldest child of the Duke and Duchess of York, and she was educated privately at home. As a child she studied constitutional history and law as well as art and music. In addition she learned to ride and love horses till now. As she grew older she began to take part in public life.
The Queen has two birthdays.The Queen’s real birthday is on 21 April and the date is a private celebration.
The Queen’s public birthday is celebrated in June with Trooping of the Colours.
The official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II is marked each year by a military parade and march-past, known as Trooping the Colour (Carrying of the Flag). The official name is “the Queen’s Birthday Parade”.
The marriage of the young Princess Elizabeth to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, took place in November 1947.
She has four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
She came to the throne after her father’s death in 1952 and was crowned in Westminster Abbey in June1953.
The Queen has 9 Royal Thrones
One at the House of Lords, two at Westminster Abbey, and six in the throne room at Buckingham Palace
The Queen’s heir is Charles, Prince of Wales, who was born in 1948.
The Queen’s Role
Although the Queen is no longer responsible for governing the country, she carries out many important tasks.
As Head of State, the Queen goes on official State visits abroad. She also invites other world leaders to come to the United Kingdom. During their visit, Heads of State usually stay at Buckingham Palace, or sometimes at Windsor Castle or Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
She is a Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
The Queen is also the Head of the Armed Forces. She is the only person who can declare when the country is at war and when war is over, although she must take advice from her government first. By the way, in 1945 Elisabeth served in the army to help in the war. She was an expert driver and mechanic.
Every day ‘red boxes’ are delivered to the Queen’s desk full of documents and reports from the government ministers and Commonwealth officials. They must all be read and, if necessary, signed by the Queen.
At least three Royal Garden Parties are held at Buckingham Palace each year and about 8,000 guests attend each one.
The Queen spends a lot of time travelling around the country visiting hospitals, schools, factories and other places and organizations.
Not one for the spotlight, Her Majesty likes quiet pastimes. She enjoys reading mysteries, working on crossword puzzles and even watching wrestling on TV. For much of her life, the queen surrounded herself with dogs. She especially loves corgis. Her Majesty currently has five corgis – Monty, Willow, Holly, Emma and Linnet. She also loves and breeds horses and attends racing events each year.
(Video about daily routine of the queen)
Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s official and main royal London home. Buckingham Palace is used also for the administrative work for the monarchy. It is here in the state apartments that Her Majesty receives and entertains guests invited to the Palace.
When the Queen is at home, you can see her royal flag flying from the flag pole on top of Buckingham Palace. This flag is called the Royal Standard
Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world. The castle was the inspiration for the Royal family’s surname. it has remained a royal palace and fortress for over 900 years.
Balmoral Castle is the private residence of The Queen. It has remained a favourite residence for The Queen and her family during the summer holiday period in August and September.
Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
The Royal family’s private country estate in Norfolk. Every Christmas is spent at Sandringham House, which has been the private home of four generations of sovereigns since 1862.
Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster)
Edward the Confessor made the Palace of Westminster the first official London residence. It is now the seat of British democracy. It is where the UK government is. The Palace contains over 1,000 rooms, the most important of which are the Chambers of the House of Lords and of the House of Commons.
On February 6, 2017 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrated 65years on the throne. She is the only British Monarch to ever celebrate Sapphire Jubilee. The date also marks the anniversary of the death of her father. So the Queen chose to spend the day quietly at Sandringham, her country estate north of London, where she attended a church service.
In London, there were royal gun salutes at Green Park and the Tower of London to mark the occasion. The Royal Mint also issued eight new coins in honour of the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee.
1. What is Sapphire Jubilee?
2. When was the Queen born?
3. How many Birthdays has she got?
4. What ceremony is held on her public Birthday in June?
5. How many children has the Queen got?
7. Is the Queen still responsible for governing the country?
8. Who is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces in the UK?
9. What is there in “red boxes” delivered to the Queen?
10. What are the Queen’s hobbies?
11. What is the official London residence of the Queen?
12. How can we learn that the Queen is in Buckingham Palace?
13. What house is the private country estate of the Queen?
14. How many rooms are there in Westminster Palace?
15. Where was the Gun Salute on the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee?
16. What did the Royal Mint issued in honour of the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee?