The Monarch's Changing Role

Though the grandeur and elegance of the British palace remains unchanged throughout history, the role of the monarch has shifted from absolute rule to collaboration with a constitutional parliament. Young historians learn about the process of primogeniture, the relationship between the British monarch and religion, and the ways the modern parliament and monarchy work together.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Encourage learners to conduct additional research about the historical and current compositions of the British monarchy
  • Use the extension activities as assessment or extra credit assignments
  • Pair with a movie that features the British Monarchy, such as The Queen or The King's Speech
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson is most appropriate for British classrooms or in an AP European History unit on monarchies and parliament
  • Contains several different activities over a course of several days; consider choosing the parts of the lesson that are most relevant or interesting to your class
Pros

  • Features several different ways to explore the role of the monarch
  • Contains all necessary worksheets and reference pages
Cons

  • None