A Queens Tour
2002 was the year of the Golden Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II. This means that she had ruled for an amazing 50 years. Female rulers in history were rare. They sometimes had to be very tough, to show that they could be as strong as men. Click the arrows below to meet some queens from the past.
Historically queens were usually mothers or wives of male rulers, and through them could have had huge influence, albeit indirectly. Queen Elizabeth II's power is almost completely symbolic, but she is Queen in her own right.
The photos on the left show children from Thames Ditton Primary School designing their own Jubilee coin in the Reading Room, with the help of HRH The Duke of York, who launched the paper Queen's Trail on 25 April 2002.
Print and do activities
Design a coin for the Queen (46 Kb)
A Queens Quiz (51 Kb)