Enter our coronation competition for a chance to be published on the website. Ten winners will be awarded a £20 National Book Token and a certificate! Follow the competition on social media using #historycoronation


It's an exciting year for royal history, with King Charles III's coronation set to take place on Saturday 6 May. Street parties, events and celebrations will be taking place across Britain over the coronation weekend, and we'd like you to get involved!

If you’re aged between 6 and 13, BBC History Revealed magazine would love you to plan a coronation celebration for a historical figure.

You might decide to create a lavish banquet for King Henry VIII, or perhaps order some parmesan cheese for Samuel Pepys. You could even plan a street party with a 'Votes for Women' theme for Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters, or concoct a meagre meal for a prisoner in the Tower of London.

How to enter


If you don’t have a printer at home, don’t worry – you can draw your own!

Choose a historical figure, and tell us how you think they might choose to mark the coronation. What sort of food might they eat? What about clothing and entertainment? Who would they invite? Would your character would prefer to dedicate a book or poem to the new monarch instead of hosting a big celebration?

We love great pictures at BBC History Revealed, so we’ve also included space for you to draw a picture of your chosen character's coronation plans.

Entries must be no more than 200 words, and we are looking for well-presented entries, demonstrating creativity and historical knowledge! See Terms and Conditions at the bottom of the page for full criteria.

Writing tips

Once you’ve decided on your character and period of history, you might want to do a bit of research into what life was actually like at the time they were living, to give you a bit of inspiration. If you’ve chosen someone famous, find out a bit about them – what they liked doing, what they were good at. You’ll find loads of relevant content on HistoryExtra – so do some digging around. Once you’ve done some homework on your character, think about how they might choose to celebrate a coronation. If you’ve chosen a writer or musician, perhaps you’ll decide that they would be writing a new book or piece of music, for example.  

When you’re happy with your entry, ask an adult to take a photograph of it and email the photo to photos@historyrevealed.com making sure you include your name, age and county of residence within the email itself. If you want some tips on how to submit the best possible photo, please read our technical tips below.

We’ll post a selection of images on the website throughout the competition – so keep checking back to see if you’ve been featured. We’ll also share examples on our social media channels: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you’d like to share your creation on social media, ask a parent or guardian to upload it for you and make sure they include the hashtag #historycoronation so we can see it!

The competition is open to UK residents only, however we'd love to see entries from our international followers and feature some of them on the website.

The competition will close at 23.59 on 28 April 2023. The ten winners will be announced on historyextra.com and on our social media channels, on 5 May 2023.


Technical tips

  1. Where possible, write in pen, so that it’s easy to read on the final photograph
  2. Photos should be less than 10MB in size
  3. Try and make sure your entry fills the entire photograph, so it’s nice and clear
  4. It is recommended that you take the photograph in landscape

Need inspiration?

Don’t forget, if you’re struggling for ideas, there’s a wealth of content on HistoryExtra to give you some inspiration and get you started. (Please note that some of our articles may include references to historical violence; you can also find plenty of child-friendly history resources at BBC Bitesize)

Key characters you might like to research include:



  1. The Promoter is Immediate Media Company London Limited (company number 06189487) (“Immediate Media”).
  2.  All BBC magazines comply with the BBC Code of Conduct for competitions, which can be found at bbc.co.uk/competitioncode/
  3. The promotion is open to all residents of the UK, including the Channel Islands, aged from 6 to 13 years old, except the Promoter’s employees or contractors and anyone connected with the promotion or their direct family members.
  4. Entrants must have permission from a parent/guardian.
  5. The closing date for entries is 23.59pm on 28 April 2023. Entries received after the closing date of the promotion will not be considered.
  6. By entering the promotion, the participants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  7. Entrants should enter by: - Describing a coronation celebration for any character from history (in no more than 200 words) with an accompanying hand-drawn image of that celebration. (Entrants may use the suggested template but this is optional); and - having their parent or guardian send a photo of their completed entry, with the name, age and county of residence of the entrant to photos@historyrevealed.com.
  8. You will retain the copyright of your entry but you grant to BBC History Revealed and all of the magazines, websites, social media channels and other businesses run by Immediate Media, a free and unlimited licence to use, edit and reproduce your entry in our products and in marketing.
  9. Entrants must supply to Immediate Media their name, age and county of residence. The Promoter will use entrants’ personal details in accordance with the Immediate Privacy Policy (immediatemedia.co.uk/privacy-policy).
  10. Only one entry will be permitted per person. Bulk entries made by third parties will not be permitted.
  11. Ten winners will be selected to receive a £20 National Book Token and a certificate created by BBC History Revealed.
  12. The winning entrants will be selected by a panel of judges (including one independent judge) based on: - Creativity shown in drawing, writing and ideas - Demonstration of any historical knowledge of the character chosen - Presentation of submission
  13. The Promoter’s decision as to the winner is final and no correspondence relating to the promotion will be entered into.
  14. The winners will be notified within 28 days of the close of the promotion by email. If the winner cannot be contacted, or fails to respond within 28 days of such notification being sent, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to a runner up, or to re-offer the prize in any future promotion.
  15. There is no cash alternative and the prize will not be transferable. Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. The Promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize with one of the same or greater value.
  16. The surname and county of residence of the winners will be available upon request by sending an SAE to BBC History Revealed coronation competition, Eagle House, Colston Sreet, Bristol, BS1 4ST within two months of the closing date of the promotion. The Promoter will contact the winners before releasing this information and provide the winners the opportunity to object or limit the amount of information shared.
  17. The Promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions or to cancel, alter or amend the promotion at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  18. The Promoter does not accept any responsibility for lost, delayed or fraudulent entries.
  19. The Promoter excludes liability to the full extent permitted by law for any loss, damage or injury occurring to the participant arising from his or her entry into the promotion or occurring to the winners arising from his or her acceptance of a prize.
  20. The promotion is subject to the laws of England.

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