What Does the Queen of England Actually Do?

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 13274

Many people find the royal family fascinating. The Queen of England is the head of the family, but what does she actually do? Explore the powers of the world's longest-reigning monarch!


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learning style
Auditory, Visual
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Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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The Queen of England is on British money and does not need a passport or a driver's license. Wow! That's pretty powerful!

  • What other powers does the Queen of England actually have and what does she do?

In this lesson, you will learn just how much authority the Queen has by watching a video, exploring the royal website, and completing a project that allows you to expand your knowledge!

Queen Elizabeth II Royal Crest

Elizabeth II became Queen of England on February 6, 1952. She is currently the longest-reigning monarch in the history of the world. She wields a lot of power, but she does not actually assert her powers for many reasons.

Watch the video below to find out about Queen Elizabeth II's power and authority. As you watch, answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper or by discussing them with a friend or family member. You may click on each question to reveal its answer.

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As you can see, Queen Elizabeth II has many powers that she does not necessarily assert.

Let's learn a bit more about the Queen's role as Sovereign of 15 Commonwealth realms in addition to the UK. Read about her Majesty's duties in The Queen and Government, from The Royal Family. Be sure to click on each article in the right-hand sidebar, beginning with The Queen and Government.

When you are ready, move on to the Got It? section to practice what you have learned.

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