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Princess Charlotte and Prince George touch down for European royal tour

Staff writers, July 18, 2017 6:00PM News Corp Australia

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Royals arriving in Poland. Picture: AFP media_cameraRoyals arriving in Poland. Picture: AFP

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PRINCESS Charlotte and Prince George have become pint-sized international jetsetters.

Toddler Charlotte, 2, gave a royal wave as she landed in Poland’s capital Warsaw for a state visit with her parents Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince George didn’t look quite as enthusiastic about getting off the plane as his sister but hopefully he is not getting tired of royal visits yet because he has many more to come.

Royal visits to Commonwealth* countries are a regular occurrence for royal family members.

George, 3, has already visited Australia and New Zealand on an official visit with his parents. His sister Charlotte also joined the family in Canada last year.

The royals meeting Australian animals at the zoo in Sydney/Picture: David Foote media_cameraThe royals meeting Australian animals at the zoo in Sydney/Picture: David Foote

William, Kate and their young children are in Europe for a five-day tour of Germany and Poland.

They normally live in Kensington Palace in London.

Before the family set off on their trip a Kensington Palace spokesman has said: “The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to this tour and are delighted with the exciting and varied* program that has been put together for it.

“They have decided that their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will travel with them and we expect the children to be seen on at least a couple of occasions over the course of the week.”

Europe on the globe. Picture: supplied media_cameraEurope on the globe. Picture: supplied

William and Kate’s five-day trip began with a welcome from Polish President Andrzej Duda, followed by a visit to the Warsaw Rising Museum and ended with a Queen’s birthday garden party.

German Chancellor* Angela Merkel will hold a private meeting with the royal couple in Berlin at the start of the German leg of their tour on Wednesday.

The family will then visit Berlin monument the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of German unification*.

Their last stop sees them head to the picturesque Germany city of Heidelberg where they will hop into rowing boats on the River Neckar.

Heidelberg’s castle overlooking the river. Picture: Thinkstock media_cameraHeidelberg’s castle overlooking the river. Picture: Thinkstock

AUSTRALIA’S ROYAL FAMILY
Queen Elizabeth II might not have an Aussie accent, but she is our head of state.

The Queen, Charlotte and George’s great grandmother, is our monarch* and the head of the Commonwealth, of which Australia is a part because it is a former British colony*.

Queen Elizabeth II and other royals on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. Picture: James Devaney media_cameraQueen Elizabeth II and other royals on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. Picture: James Devaney

That is why her face appears on our money and our flag includes the United Kingdom’s union jack in the top left corner.

It is frequently debated if Australia should stay part of the Commonwealth or become an independent* republic.

There are 52 countries in the Commonwealth including Canada, Fiji, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Africa.

This story originally appeared in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.

GLOSSARY

enthusiastic: keen and eager

Commonwealth: group of nations

varied: changing

Chancellor: leader of Germany

unification: bringing together

monarch: royal ruler

colony: country or area controlled by another

independent: separate from others and able to support itself

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1. Royal visit

William and Kate have a jam packed schedule on this tour of Poland and Germany.

Read the article carefully and make a list of the places they will visit and meetings they will have.

What activities sound interesting?

Which sound boring?

If you were Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s parents, which two occasions might you choose to take them to?

Why did you choose these events and not others?

Would you like to be part of the royal family like Prince George and Princess Charlotte?

Write three positives and three negatives about being in the Royal family.

Extension: Famous landmarks

William and Kate will visit a number of significant landmarks on their tour of Berlin and Warsaw.
Choose one of these landmarks and do some further research about it.

Why is this a place of significance in this country?
Write down three facts about it.

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Humanities – History, Humanities – Geography, Critical and Creative Thinking

Activity 2. Commonwealth or republic

Although Queen Elizabeth II was not born in Australia, rarely visits Australia and was not elected by the people of Australia, she remains our head of state.
This is because we were once a British colony and the Queen was born into her role as a royal.

There are often debates about whether we should become a republic and replace the Queen as our head of state with a democratically elected president.

Draw a table with two columns and write reasons for and against becoming a republic.
Try and include at least three points for each side of the debate.

Extension: Head of state

Decide which side of the argument you agree with and write an exposition (persuasive piece) explaining your point of view.

It might help your argument if you find out what duties the Queen actually carries out and what her rights as head of state include.

Time: allow 60 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Humanities – History, Humanities – Geography, Critical and Creative Thinking

VCOP ACTIVITY

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation)

Queen’s birthday garden party

What would you see, hear and smell at the Queen’s birthday party?
Write a descriptive paragraph so that the reader can visualise the scene.
Use alliteration and similes to make your writing as vivid as possible.

Extension:

Create an invitation for Prince George and Princess Charlotte inviting them to the Queen’s birthday garden party.

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Big Write and VCOP

EXTRA RESOURCES

COME AGAIN COMMONWEALTH GAMES

COUNTDOWN TO GAMES BEGINS

GOOGLE’S VIRTUAL REALITY ULURU

TOURISTS CRUISE INTO MELBOURNE

COINS COMMEMORATE ANZACS

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