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This quiz gives students a quick introduction to the monarch's role in passing legislation, preparing for general elections, and more.
Three levels of difficulty allow you to tailor the activity to suit your students.
Time required: 60 mins
Students will learn about the role of the monarch in Parliament:
- giving Royal Assent to new legislation
- remaining politically neutral
- dissolving Parliament before general elections
- inviting the leader of the winning party to form a government after a general election
- giving the Queen’s Speech to introduce the government’s new legislative programme appointing Members of the House of Lords
- the monarchy’s historical role when the King or Queen had greater power than today
Walkthrough guides are available to download below, to help you make the most of the resource. Turn straight to section 5 in the PDF to find the relevant instructions.
After launching ‘Parliament and the monarch’, you can also access activities about the House of Commons, the House of Lords, and the difference between Parliament and government via the main menu at the side of the resource.
Parliament and the monarch: Level 1
A straightforward introduction to the role of the monarch and her role in passing legislation - for lower level students.
Parliament and the monarch: Level 2
An introduction to the Queen's role during general elections and at the State Opening of Parliament.
Parliament and the monarch: Level 3
A higher level introduction to the role of the monarch in Parliament, including the Queen's Speech and the appointments of Peers.
Walkthrough guide: Level 1
A practical guide to 'Parliament and the monarch: level 1' - for teachers.
Walkthrough guide: Level 2
A practical guide to 'Parliament and the monarch: Level 2' for teachers.
Walkthrough guide: Level 3
A practical guide to 'Parliament and the monarch: Level 3' for teachers.