Over the next few weeks, The Royal Family will be sharing fun activities and learning resources for your children to enjoy at home. 📚🎨
Why not design your own Investiture medal or design a dress for Mary, Queen of Scots?
COLOUR, CREATE AND DECORATE
Mary, Queen of Scots had a vast collection of outfits and loved to dress up. Become a 16th-century fashion designer and create a dress for Mary. Click here to download a dress for Mary.
Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where he hosted balls, dinners and great ceremonies. Become an artist and imagine a setting where you might see the Prince.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert loved collecting art, and they also enjoyed picking up a pencil or brush and doing some painting and drawing. Imagine you are an artist who has been asked by the royal couple to draw their portraits.
DESIGN AN INVESTITURE MEDAL
An Investiture is a special occasion when those who have been awarded an honour receive their insignia (medals), in person from The Queen or another member of the Royal Family.
Around 20 of these ceremonies are hosted each year, most of them are held in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace, but others take place in the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle, or in the Great Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The honours are awarded for special achievements, personal bravery and services to the United Kingdom.
BRINGING THE OUTSIDE INSIDE
Nature has always inspired artists and craftspeople, whether it be creating a beautiful object featuring plants and animals or painting the walls of a room with flowers to bring the outside in.
Take inspiration from plants and create an artwork of your own. You could draw, paint or, if you are feeling adventurous, press some flowers. When you press plants, you slowly and gently flatten flowers to dry them out. These can then be used to create beautiful pictures.
Here are some top tips:
● Only pick a small amount of flowers, and make sure you have permission to do so.
● Don’t only pick one species of flower – make sure you leave plenty to grow.
● Bigger flowers are harder to press, so choose the smaller, more delicate ones.