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Unique virtual field trip allows students inside The Queen’s 90th birthday

A unique new program to commemorate The Queen’s 90th birthday will allow students and viewers from around the world to take a virtual tour of Windsor Castle, as well as giving them a glimpse into Her Majesty’s birthday celebrations. The televised event is called ‘Happy Birthday, Your Majesty’, and will be hosted by Discovery Education.

The virtual field trip will air on June 10 at 9:30 AM EST, and will be presented by Diane Louise Jordan and Joe Crowley. Meant primarily for children, the broadcast will go inside Windsor Castle’s State Apartments, and will cover the important moments in The Queen’s life and reign. It will focus on Her Majesty’s role as the Head of State, and examine her connection with the Commonwealth of Nations.

“This unique virtual field trip gives students everywhere the opportunity to be involved in Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday celebrations,” said Kelli Campbell, senior vice president and digital learning officer at Discovery Education. “The program will shine a light on the important role she has played in history during her lifetime, and help teachers bring learning to life in a way that no textbook can.”

Viewers will also be able to watch a performance by the Choristers of St George’s Chapel at Windsor, and a collaborative writing experience featuring students in the UK, Canada and India. Windsor Castle, which has been the home of British Kings and Queens for nearly a thousand years now, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty and is opened to the public under the management of the Royal Collection Trust.

Dacia Jones, an educator from North Carolina, spoke about the impact the virtual field trip would have on her students. “This memorable digital experience will transport my students to Windsor Castle – a place where they might otherwise never be able to go — and connect them to a global community of their peers,” she said.

‘Happy Birthday, Your Majesty’ will be streamed live on Discovery Education’s website, and schools can register online and participate in a live discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #HMQ90TeaParty. An archive of the program will be available for viewing after the event.