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UK Government to send ‘patriotic’ history book about the Queen’s reign to every school child in Wales

09 Feb 2022 3 minute read
Queen Elizabeth II in 1959. Picture by the Library and Archives Canada (CC BY 2.0).

The UK Government is to send every school child in Wales a “patriotic” book about the Queen’s reign so that they and other children across the UK develop a “collective understanding” about the history of her time on the throne.

The contract awarded to DK books notes that 211,000 copies of a dual language version of the book will be sent to pupils in 1,290 schools and other educational establishments in Wales.

The book contract says that the supplier will provide a book “written with the aim of being inclusive, patriotic and ‘speaking to all children’ with regard to all regions of the UK”.

“The Jubilee itself will help communicate a narrative about modern Britain and its connections with the rest of the world, through local, community driven events,
including those led by schools, alongside national and Commonwealth events,” the contract says.

“The book will be a key part of this strategic aim, by ensuring that pupils, families, and teachers develop a collective understanding of the Queen’s reign, and by providing children with an appropriate legacy through personal ownership of this high-quality book.”

It adds: “The book shall be inclusive and patriotic, capturing a spirit akin to the London 2012 Olympics.”

Bank holiday

The contract notes that all the books must be delivered to at least 99.5% of schools in Wales by 11 July 2022.

The book is set to cost £12 million to produce with around 4.5 million copies sent to schoolchildren in the UK. However, the individual costs of producing a version for Wales and its distribution has been redacted from the document.

A Gaelic language version of the book will also be produced but will not be dual language.

Both education and culture are devolved to Wales but the contract for the books to be delivered to Wales has been handed out by the UK Government’s Department of Education. The Welsh Government told Nation.Cymru that they expected to decide whether it was distributed in Wales.

“We are not contributing to the cost of these books. As Education is devolved in Wales, the Minister for Education and Welsh Language will make a decision on whether the book will be circulated to Welsh Schools once he has seen the final version,” they said.

The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years on the throne, on 6 February this year.

Celebrations will culminate in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.

A Platinum Jubilee Celebration on 12th -15th May will also see over 500 horses and 1,000 performers create a 90-minute piece of arena theatre.


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Gareth
Gareth
7 months ago

What an utter waste of money. And these people say we cant afford to help the poor in the fuel crisis.

Ed Jones
Ed Jones
7 months ago

Would I have wanted this book when a child? Am sure before the age of 8, perhaps, after that – not a chance; hope it’s absorbent…

Erisian
Erisian
7 months ago

Let’s hope the story starts with the Welsh being stiched up with the promise of their own prince.
Perhaps we could start a gofundme page for the return postage?

Ap Kenneth
7 months ago
Reply to  Erisian

Imagine lorry loads turning up in 10 Downing St 🙂

Hogyn y Gogledd
Hogyn y Gogledd
7 months ago
Reply to  Erisian

If it’s addressed to “The Occupier”, you can just redirect it to Whitehall.

Quornby
Quornby
7 months ago

Is there a Das Capital option??

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
7 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

Mein Kampf might be more appropriate coming from the Tories.

Andrew
Andrew
7 months ago

Opening chapter. Once upon a time, there was a hugely unpopular minor Hanoverian dynasty who had been interbreeding for hundreds of years. One day, they decided they wanted to rule over Britain, so they employed the bitter racist, Bishop Stubbs to pave their way into a country they had no legitimate claim to. The young Bishop, in an attempt to climb the greasy pole, vigorously championed a pre Hitlertarian Germanic master race ideology, in order the royals could be accepted here. He also designated the native British as ,’ lesser breeds’, and thus, the seeds were sown, at a time… Read more »

Grayham Jones
7 months ago

Not in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 now The Welsh Government must step in and stop it we in wales have got to stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 kick all English party’s out of wales that’s the Tories Labour and all Brexit party’s

Carol Loughlin
Carol Loughlin
7 months ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

*Wales

Gareth C
Gareth C
7 months ago

Should keep the charity shops stocked up! Complete waste of money pushing a unionist agenda by appealing to the flag waving monarchists amongst the beguiled public. We need a republic!

defaid
defaid
7 months ago

I suppose that learning foreign history will broaden our children’s minds.

If that’s not the case then at least this rubbish will fill a fireplace or two and help with the fuel crisis.

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
7 months ago

Fascist propaganda

Julie Jones
Julie Jones
7 months ago

Brilliant! Something to help to light my fire.

Philip Jones
Philip Jones
7 months ago

I have always been against book burning but maybe I could be persuaded……?

Cai Wogan Jones
Cai Wogan Jones
7 months ago

This present from Gove and Johnson should be used to teach our children about the benefits of recycling waste paper.

Brian Leslie Frost
Brian Leslie Frost
7 months ago

Why is supporting a family (Royal or not) patriotic?

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
7 months ago

Why do I get the feeling this is less about celebrating the queen’s reign and more muscular unionism.Well they can ‘celebrate’ all they like but her son will be the last monarch to rule over Wales.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago

The Second Elizabethan Age…from war and austerity to war and austerity, via the Cayman Islands?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Will it include unresolved public health issues like cancer from atomic bomb tests…poisoned blood products…government backed terrorism and police collusion in Ireland…Grenfell bonfire of health and safety rules…Windrush scandal…Illegal wars in Iraq etc…Andrew in disgrace…vast wealth and rampant poverty…the destruction of a country’s manufacturing base…the theft of a country’s wealth and the government’s great part in it…the sell-off of the NHS…education in crisis etc…what is there to celebrate ?

Last edited 7 months ago by Mab Meirion
Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
7 months ago

Welcome to the 1950s!

Erisian
Erisian
7 months ago
Reply to  Barry Pandy

Bugger, I’ve just spent 68 years trying to grow out them!

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
7 months ago

What I find funny is that this just another personality cult just like North Korea, China and the Soviet Union. The fact that the Tories are incapable of seeing this makes it all the more funny.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
7 months ago

I haven’t had my King Gove bible yet.
KD 5C aged 73 and 3/4.

Stuart Cane
Stuart Cane
7 months ago

I’m going to go against the flow and say this a great idea. QEII’s reign is a story of nations under Britain’s control gaining independence (34 so far from Antigua to Zimbabwe). It might inspire the next generation in Wales to join them!

hdavies15
hdavies15
7 months ago
Reply to  Stuart Cane

I like your optimism Stuart. I seriously doubt that much will be made of the fall of Empire as the spin will be about the emergence of the Commonwealth. These guys will do their utmost to get a turd to smell of roses. They may fail here but there are parts of the UK, and even Wales, where this shallow junk will be seen as a positive gesture.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
7 months ago
Reply to  Stuart Cane

True decolonisation happened during her time but it was not because of her

Marc
Marc
7 months ago

I wonder which cabinet minister’s relative gets the printing job?

Erisian
Erisian
7 months ago
Reply to  Marc

It’s Dorling and Kindersley. A wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann.
Check them out here
https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/03185285/officers

Argol Fawr!
Argol Fawr!
7 months ago

Will Prince Andrew be featured in it? Lets hope it’ll start a good fire.

Signed…. Anti-monarchist

Last edited 7 months ago by Argol Fawr!
David
David
7 months ago
Reply to  Argol Fawr!

Don’t forget about Mountbatten and his exploits in boys homes in Ireland.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
7 months ago

What a waste of money

tabor
tabor
7 months ago

Edrych ymlaen i gael yn Gymraeg teimlo bydda yn llosgi’n well 😜

Hillard Tom
Hillard Tom
7 months ago

Am I being thick but are they not sending to All school children in the United Kingdom. What a strange piece of misinformation.

Howard Edwards
Howard Edwards
7 months ago

Complete waste of public money. Yet another attempt at coercing young minds into favouring the colonial way of thinking.

joy bishop
joy bishop
7 months ago

They put a bible in every hotel room but it doesn’t make everyone a Christian. Go away now Boris and work out what the definition of ‘party’ is.

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