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The Queen's Knickers

By Mark Warner
Age Range: 5 to 11

Nicholas Allan

Book Description:

It's a busy year for the Queen - she has lots of important events to attend. Meanwhile, a little girl is wondering what knickers Her Majesty will choose to wear on a school visit! Will they be her 'at home' knickers - adorned with corgis - or her 'garden party' knickers, or perhaps her woolly Balmoral ones...?

The Queen's Knickers

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:

Literacy Ideas

  • The Queen's wardrobe is 'enormous'. Can you think of other words to describe what her wardrobe might be like?
  • Write a story about a day in the life of Dilys (who looks after the Queen's knickers).
  • Write the script for the news report about the Queen's missing knickers.
  • Role play an interview with the police about the missing knickers. What are they doing to find them? Do they have any clues?
  • Carry out a hot seating activity with the family who went on a picnic to find that they had a trunk full of knickers instead of a picnic hamper!
  • Imagine that the Queen visited your school. What would you say to her?
  • Make an invitation to ask the Queen to attend an important event in your local area.

Science Ideas

  • The Queen has a pair of knickers with a parachute inside them, as well as a pair that float. Can you explain how these might work using scientific vocabulary?

Computing Ideas

  • Use painting software to decorate a pair of knickers for the Queen(see Resources below).
  • Design a pair of knickers (or other types of clothing) for another famous person.

Design Technology Ideas

  • Use craft materials to make a pair of knickers (or other types of clothing!) for the Queen to wear.
  • Think about the materials that different types of clothing are made from. Why did the manufacturer decide to use those materials? How are the different parts joined together?

Art Ideas

  • Design a new pair of knickers for the Queen to wear on different occasions. What might her VIP (Very Important Pair) look like? (see Resources below).
  • Design some new Smart clothes for the Queen to wear to an important occasion.
  • Look at a photo of the Queen and draw your own portrait of her.
  • Design some special stamps to celebrate a Royal occasion(see Resources below).
  • When the trunk of knickers go missing, the pictures in the portraits all look shocked. Can you try to recreate some famous portraits but change their facial expressions?

History Ideas

  • Look at examples of clothing that Royal Families have worn throughout History.


Knickers Template
Knickers Printable Template
A printable picture for children to colour and decorate using art materials.

Knickers Template
Knickers Editable Template
Open this file in a painting program and design the Queen's knickers on screen!

Special Stamps
Special Stamps
PDF File
Design some new stamps for a special occasion.

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