Kings and Queens of England

Welcome to our guide to kings and queens, where you can learn about England’s history, discover more about our sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! Here’s what we’ve got in store for you:

Learn how to draw Elizabeth I in our draw-along art tutorial

Calling all aspiring artists! Join Wesley Robins, illustrator of English Heritage Kids Rule! magazine, for a fun, draw-along art tutorial. In this video, Wesley will explain step-by-step how to draw famous Tudor queen, Elizabeth I – so grab some paper and a pencil or pen and get ready to draw along with him!

Plus, click the link below to discover more about Elizabeth I and what life was like when she was the queen of England. 

Find out more about Elizabeth I
  • Learn to draw Henry VIII with Wesley Robbins

    Learn to draw Henry VIII with Kids Rule! magazine illustrator Wesley Robins!  Have a piece of paper and a pen or pencil ready, and draw along, as he shows you step-by-step how to portray this famous Tudor king. 


    Watch our animated history of England's rulers through the centuries, from Athelstan to Elizabeth II. Then click the link to download and print your own poster of England's Kings and Queens.

  • A Day in the Life Episode 11: Kings and Queens

    Find out what life was like for eight-year-old Prince Bertie, the eldest son of Queen Victoria.  It's June 1850 and the royal family are staying at Osborne, their home on the Isle of Wight.

  • What Was Life Like? Meet King Henry VIII

    Meet Henry VIII! Find out what he was like, why he beheaded Anne Boleyn, and see English Heritage Young Members Damon and Amelia take him on at his favourite sport.

Image: A child designs their own coat of arms

Design your own coat of arms!

Learn about the history of coats of arms: find out who had them, why they were used and what they looked like. Plus, discover the meanings behind the design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's royal coat of arms.

Then use our guide to heraldry and downloadable template to create your own.

Get creative with coats of arms

Queen Victoria's Story

How much do you know about Queen Victoria's life?

Explore some of the best bits from her story, from her strict childhood, to becoming queen, marrying her prince and ruling the British Empire...

Discover Queen Victoria

Things to make and do: get royally creative with our Kings and Queens themed activities

Quiz: How well do you know England's royals?

Could you impress your friends and family with your knowledge about the lives of England's rulers?  Take our fun quiz to find out!

Take the quiz!


Read Kids Rule! magazine online to learn about the Kings and Queens of England through the ages, from Aethelstan to Elizabeth II. Plus, we’ve also got a quiz to help you discover how well you know your royals and a downloadable tower for you to design for yourself.

This is issue 11 in our series of Kids Rule! magazines following the history of England. Each issue is designed to help you discover more about our properties through fun facts, illustrated stories and games.

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