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Assembly for key stage 2 about following in your parents' footsteps as Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of succeeding her father, King George IV, as monarch.

Teacher's note: The film is from the BBC archive and is an original report from 8 February 1952.

BBC coverage of the proclamation announcement of Queen Elizabeth II, February 1952 dur 4,37

Teacher script to introduce film

How do you tell people your news? How do you find out about news? What do you know about the Royal Family?

In 1952 the King died and his eldest daughter Elizabeth became queen.

Queen Elizabeth II was only 25-years-old when she took over from her father.

She is still Queen today and this year the country is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, which means she will have been on the throne for 60 years.

People were really sad that the King had died and flags flew at half-mast around the country.

On 8 February 1952, Elizabeth was declared as the new Queen in an official ceremony at St James's Palace.

Richard Dimbleby was a BBC reporter who covered the public announcement in London 60 years ago.

Show film and use discussion prompts afterwards. Email worldclass@bbc.co.uk if you would like a copy of this film to download

Sir Gerald Wollaston was an army officer and he read out the news that Elizabeth had become Queen. Do you like the way the news was announced? Why was it done like this?

Ask the Assembly Question

Elizabeth automatically followed in her father's footsteps and become Queen. How would you feel if you had to do your parent's job?

Would you like to the same job as your mum or dad when you grow up? What do you want to be when you're older?

The Queen has done her job for 60 years. What is the longest time you have spent doing something?

Can you name any other members of the Royal Family?

Queen Elizabeth II took over from her father when he died. Do you know who will take over from the Queen?

Ask the Assembly Question

Would you like to be king or queen?

Email your school's answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

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