Royal Wedding Assembly - A Quick Gallop Through the English Monarchy
This is the first of a set to be written on the Royal Wedding. It is around 10 minutes in duration and, while written for a class of 30, can be used for a group of between 10 and 40 children (easy adjustments explained in the Production Notes). The content of this production focuses on William's ancestors and leaves one wondering if Kate (sorry, Catherine!) has been fully 'prepped' on the royal family - with all its highs (Alfred the Great?) and lows (toss up between King John and Richard III maybe!). Maybe its just as well she isn't fully acquainted with her predecessors - or she might think twice about that walk down the aisle!
(Complete listing of English Monarchy included with word document)
Narrator: So that’s the Normans, the Plantagenets, the Tudors
Child 22: (Interrupting) Hey, but wait a minute! What about King John?
Narrator: (Coughing) Er, do we really have to include him? Hardly a shining example of monarchy!
Child 22: Well, you can hardly leave him out if you’re going to include that other monster, Richard the third!
Narrator: Hmm. It’s a bit of a toss-up between those two – who was our worst king of England. Neither was very popular
Child 22: Not like good Queen Bess – that is, Elizabeth the first!
Child 23: And Charles the Merry Monarch – Charles the second! He was a little more popular than the first Charles – who got himself executed!
Child 24: The only time England has been a republic. Life without the royal family – what a thought!
Child 25: But what about a German family taking the British throne – the House of Hanover, no less!
Child 26: And all those Georges! The first, the second, the third, the fourth,
Child 27: Then William the fourth! Yes, our William will be William the fifth when he becomes king!
Narrator: So. Let’s run through this again. We started with the Anglo Saxon kings – Alfred, remember? Then we raced through the Normans, the Plantagenets, the Tudors, the Stuarts, and we just mentioned the House of Hanover
Child 1: Not forgetting the longest reigning monarch of all time, Queen Victoria!
Narrator: So, from the House of Hanover, how do we arrive back at the House of Windsor? Aren’t we missing a ‘House’?
Child 2: That would be the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Victoria took this surname when she married her cousin, Prince Albert; and her son, Edward VII, continued to use it. But when Britain went to war with Germany in 1914, King George V decided to change the family name to Windsor which was the royal family’s favourite home.
Narrator: So that’s where the House of Windsor comes from! I wonder how Queen Victoria would have felt had she known her beloved Albert’s surname would be exchanged for a place of residence!
Child 3: She would probably have said ‘We are most definitely not amused!’
Child 4: Oh, I think she would have understood - that matters of the nation sometimes have to take priority over matters of the heart!
Child 5: Unlike Edward the eighth who was on the throne just 6 months before he abdicated so that he could share his life with Mrs Wallis Simpson, the woman he loved. She was an American divorcee with two living husbands and for her, Edward gave up the throne - as the government and royal family would never have agreed to her becoming queen of England.
Child 6: Leaving the throne to George the sixth, who, despite being incredibly shy and with a terrible stammer, rose to the task with admirable courage.
Child 7: Just as well he had such a strong supportive wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, to help him. She went on to live to the ripe old age of 101, fifty years into her daughter Elizabeth’s reign – 2002 marking the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
Narrator: So (waving set of notes) just a little insight into monarchy – past and present. I wonder how our future royals will fare. Speaking of whom
(Enter Prince William and Catherine)
Here come the happy couple!
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