Queen Elizabeth II - Celebrating the Reign of our longest serving Monarch

Ref: C2228841

This year sees the Platinum Jubilee commemoration of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II, who became Queen on 6 February 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI. From June 2022, the United Kingdom will be in the spotlight all around the world, as we celebrate the life and times of our longest serving monarch. Join us for this course, as we consider the Queen's life and some of the ways in which the world - and the role of the British Royal Family with the Queen at its head - has changed. We will take a trip through 70 years of history, considering just some of the events and the people who have brought about the inevitable changes that have occurred - and the life and the role of the sovereign who came to the throne at the age of twenty-five. We will discover more about the Queen's own life, but also think about other changes that have impacted since Princess Elizabeth, as she was then known, became Queen Elizabeth II on that far-off day in 1952.

Course aim

In this special Platinum Jubilee year, the course will consider the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and her impact on the UK and the world since 1952. We will mark this historic event by discovering much more about those momentous 70 years of history.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • No previous knowledge/study of the Queen's life and reign is required in order to participate.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Summarise the early life and education of Princess Elizabeth, subsequently Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Recall several aspects from the Queen's training for the role of prospective monarch, from approximately 1937 to 1950.
  • Identify ways in which the Second World War might have contributed to subsequent changes in the role of the British monarchy.
  • Describe how one or more world events between the 1960's-1980's might have changed public perceptions of a monarch's role.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Handout material will be provided by the tutor, to recap some of the points made during the session. This will be uploaded on Canvas, the online learning platform used by WEA, to which course members will have access. Course members may wish to provide writing materials to make their own notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Queen Elizabeth II - Celebrating the Reign of our longest serving Monarch

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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