How To Have A Royal Celebration For The Queen’s Jubilee
Keep calm and put your crown on! To help your little subjects prepare for the Queen’s Jubilee 2022, we have our best of British toys and royally fun activities to kick off the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
When is the Queen’s Jubilee?
The Platinum Jubilee weekend runs from Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th June 2022. Queen Elizabeth II is the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having served Great Britain for 70 years.
Queen’s Jubilee Toys and Activities
1. Host an Afternoon Tea Party
Is there anything more British than afternoon tea?! Mini hosts and hostesses can lay out an afternoon tea spread for teddies, dolls, friends or family. Set up a Spotted Tea Set if your little one prefers a tea party, or introduce the Afternoon Tea Set for savoury snacks and sweet treats.
For a first-class afternoon tea spread, we recommend pairing our Picnic Tea Set with our Sweet Treats, Cake Stand and High Tea Set for a teatime fit for a Queen (or King). Don’t forget to use your best tablecloth and comfy cushions for the guests to enjoy.
2. Take Your Corgi on an Adventure
Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 corgis across her reign? The Queen received her first corgi, Susan, on her 18th birthday (and Susan even went on the Queen and Prince Philip’s honeymoon).
So loved are the Queen’s corgis that a former Buckingham Palace chef revealed there is a special royal menu for the dogs and they have their own room in the palace! We have our very own pocket-sized CollectA Welsh Corgi that is the perfect Jubilee companion and can be taken anywhere and everywhere. At 4cm x 3.5cm, the toy corgi is the ideal size for little hands to play with.
3. Visit the Fairy Tale Palace
If Buckingham Palace were to be pink and magical, it would look something like our Fairy Tale Palace! This delightfully detailed wooden castle features a pretty courtyard, working shutters & doors, balconies, a dressing room and a secret door. There is plenty of reach-in play space with multiple play levels so there’s room for friends to play along, too.
Pair with our Royal Family Dolls for double the regal fun. The dolls set includes two generations of the Royal Family, such as the King, Queen, Princess and Prince who can all be posed in different positions.
4. Knock the Queen’s Guards Over
The Queen’s Guards have been guarding the royal residences since the 1600s and can be found on duty at Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, St James's Palace, the Tower of London and Windsor Castle.
Whilst the real Queen’s Guards can’t be knocked over, have some fun knocking over our Guardsman Skittles instead! Made from solid wood, these traditional soldier skittles can enjoy taking a few knocks from the wooden balls. Each smiling soldier is wearing the famous traditional red tunic and black bearskin cap.
5. Meet Lottie, Queen of Windsor Castle
Queen Lottie Doll is different to regular princess dolls as she is based on the proportions of real-life 9-year-old children. She wears a royal blue velvet cape, a sequin top, a pink tutu, a silver crown and gold ballet pumps - items that can be easily found at home to make a DIY Queen costume.
Creative kids can even make their own matching silver crowns at home from cardboard and glitter. Queen Elizabeth loved playing with dolls as a little girl and she and Princess Margaret had matching Parisian dolls in stunning silk dresses.
6. Enjoy a Rail Tour of London
The next (toy) train is approaching! Go on a whistlestop tour of London as you whizz past the London Eye, Big Ben, Harrods, the Gherkin and more with the City of London Train Set. Little railway enthusiasts can chug the Underground Train around the figure of eight track layout, up and over the hill, dropping eager tourists off at the iconic London attractions
Royalty has touched rail travel over the last few centuries. Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to travel by train in June 1842 and today there is the British Royal Train that transports members of the Royal Family around Great Britain. Did you know that London’s new Crossrail line is called the Elizabeth Line, in honour of Her Majesty, and will stop at 41 stations?
7. Race Your Horses
Which horse will be on the home straight? Get three of your friends to be “jockeys” and choose a horse. Line up your Andalusian, Arabian Mare, Appaloosa and Friesian horses and use your hand to race your horse to the finish line. You can even make a jumping fence for the horses to jump over from paper straws and cocktail sticks.
The Queen has had a keen interest in horses from a young age and got her first horse, a Shetland pony called Peggy, when she was 4. By the time she was 18, she was an accomplished horse rider and continued to ride until her nineties. Some of the horses owned by the Queen have won over 1,600 races.
8. Mind The Gap
The next train is approaching, please mind the gap! A unique wooden train accessory, the Bigjigs Rail London Underground Station is a replica of the real thing and features metro tiled walls, tube maps, a ticket machine, ticket barriers and three commuters. Add to any wooden train set or extend the City of London train set to bring London truly to life.
In March 1969, the Queen was the first British Monarch to travel on the tube when she opened the Victoria line of the London Underground. She was most recently seen on the platform at Baker Street in 2013 for the 150th anniversary of the Underground.
9. Board The Bus
Ideal for young children, the Bigjigs Red Bus is making its way around the city. Little hands can slide the different animals into the correct slots on the side, while passengers on the lower deck can be switched using the window slider. Once the bus has reached its final stop, the animals can be unloaded via the back door.
The Queen has hopped on quite a few buses over the years. She surprised the public when she arrived on the Cambridgeshire Guided Bus in 2013 when visiting the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge.
10. Create a Royal Masterpiece
Aspiring artists can pick up their paint brushes to reveal the magical palace painting and hidden royal illustrations with Magic Painting World - A Day at the Palace. It comes with one big paintbrush and four colourful princess paintings that are waiting to be painted!
Paint over the blank picture with the water-filled paintbrush to reveal each magical scene. When the painted scene has dried, it disappears and hides the secret underneath. Did you know that the Queen owns 7,000 paintings that are spread across the different royal residences?
Jubilee Activity Sheets
Don't forget to download our Jubilee Activity Sheets so you can host your own royal party this Bank Holiday.