Board for a board game called ‘Royal Coronation: The game for all true Britons’, 1901 Catalogue ref: COPY 1/180 f247
Queen Victoria died in 1901 after a reign of 64 years. Her eldest son, Edward was crowned as King Edward VII at the age of 59. His wife Alexandra also became Queen. A coronation is a special ceremony when a king or queen received the crown. They were also given the orb (a globe with a cross on it) and a sceptre (a staff or wand) held in the hand. All these objects represented the power and authority of the new king or queen.
- Can you describe the picture in the centre of the board?
- Look at the pictures around the edges of the board. Make a list of all the places you see.
- Why do you think these places are included? [CLUE: Check again the name of the board game, discuss with a friend or helper]
- Why do you think the game has the British flag pictured on the board?
- How do you think this game was played?
- Why do you think it was called ‘Royal Coronation: The game for all true Britons’?
- Why do you think this game was made? [Clue: Find out the meaning of the word souvenir].