What an exciting start to a rainy Friday we had in Little Cypress this morning! Oscar’s mummy, Amanda, works at The Tower of London and gets to see the Crown Jewels as part of her job. She brought replicas of the Crown Jewels (which are so valuable that they are priceless and can’t even be insured because they are worth too much money!) She told us that they are kept behind glass and behind a door that is a metre thick! We saw replicas of all the items used in the Queen’s Coronation 70 years ago: the real jewels have been used to crown Kings and Queens for the past 600 years. They include the Sword of State, a sceptre, an orb and a golden eagle, as well as the magnificent crown itself.
The children got to hold the replica jewels and then we had a truly exciting re-enactment of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation. Elsie was our wonderful Queen and she paraded through the ‘abbey’ (Rainbows!) with four priests and four ladies and gentlemen in waiting following her. All the other children lined each side of the ‘abbey’ and waved flags to welcome the new Queen. Resounding music was played in the form of ‘Zadok the Priest’, one of the Coronation Anthems composed by Handel for the coronation of King George II in 1727. It was so uplifting and really added to the sense of pomp and ceremony.
Thank you so much, Amanda, for coming to visit us and making learning about the Queen and her long reign really come to life.
Have a lovely weekend!
The Little Cypress Team