Constitutional Monarchy Association Competitions for Young People 

Diamond Jubilee Competition

The Diamond Jubilee Competition Prize-Giving Ceremony was held in The Guildhall, Windsor on Wednesday 28th November 2012. Sadly not all of the winners were able to attend but, of those that did, some had travelled great distances - as far as Cornwall and Pembrokeshire.

They, and their families, were delighted to see their entries on display, along with many of the other competition entries - there wasn’t room to display all of them!

After Councillor Leo Walters, who hosted the evening, welcomed everyone to The Guildhall, Dr Barry Twigg gave a brief talk about the competition and then the prizes were presented by Lord and Lady Sudeley.

It was a very happy occasion, enjoyed by all who attended.

This competition is the latest in the CMA’s bid to help young people understand the importance of the Monarchy - the two previous competitions celebrated the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 and her 80th Birthday in 2006. These competitions have only been made possible by the generosity of our supporters, for which we are very grateful.



1st Prize - Elizabeth Aronson (11) Brambletye Preparatory School, East Grinstead, West Sussex

7-11 1st

2nd Prize - Grace Birch (10) Lyndhurst School, Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire

7-11 2nd

3rd Prize - Alfie Wainwright (8) Churchdown Village Junior School, Gloucestershire

7-11 3rd

4th Prize (extra) - Rosa-Caitilin Clarke (10) Gateway Primary School, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire


1st Prize - Carmen May (15) Gryffyn Taff School, Whitland, Carmarthenshire

12-18 1st

2nd Prize - Kat Edwoords (13) Coombeshead Academy, Newton Abbott, Devon

12-18 2nd

3rd Prize - Charlotte Nichols (15) Sweyne Park School, Rayleigh, Essex

12-18 3rd


Leicester High School for Girls, Leicester

Our congratulations to all of the above and our thanks to all who took part.

Prizes were sponsored by:
Francis A Andrew Esq; David A Armstrong Esq; Miss Karen A Aston; David W Carter Esq; Mrs Diane Cooke; Paul J Corser Esq ISO; Peter J Costen Esq; Computer Systems UK Ltd; Dr Michael T Darlison; A Geoffrey Davies Esq; Major R P A de Bernière-Smart; Mrs Catherine A Entwistle; Mrs S Margaret Graham; Graham Hale Esq; Alexander Hamilton Esq; Peter Imms Esq;
Major Richard F Jolley OBE, MC; Donald King Esq; Mrs Daphne King-Brewster; William J Kirkwood Esq; Mrs Iris M Law; Gwilym I E Levell Esq; Joseph Lezano Esq; Miss Melba Matthews; Keith S C Murray Esq; Lt Colonel Paul Rogers; Mrs Helen A Sandys; Richard Sawdon-Smith Esq; John H Simpson Esq; Mrs Eileen M Strachan; George T Stride Esq; Mrs Pauline A Tipper; Dr Barry Twigg MBE EdD MEd BA ACP; Mrs Dorothy Wakely; Mrs Jacqueline M Webb; Mrs Charlotte N Wright; Mrs Elisabeth M Young

The Queen’s 80th Birthday Competition


1ST PRIZE Marianne Richardson, East Tilbury School

2ND PRIZE Alisha Jones, St Clare's School, Newton, Wales

3RD PRIZE Harriet Hughes, Brigidine Junior School, Windsor

Emily White, Holy Trinity School, Woking
Fiona Bennett, Tower College, Prescot
Kate Holmes, Kingsdon Primary School
Ryan Weekes, Forest School, Walthamstow
Isabella Steel, Holy Cross Preparatory School, Kingston upon Thames
Elizabeth Purves, The Godolphin School, Salisbury
Elena Hubbard, Holy Cross Preparatory School, Kingston upon Thames
Miranda Ostler, Frances Holland School, Westminster
Joe Jenner, Furzedown School, Tooting
Rachel Keys, Lack School, Enniskillen
Adeola Olaoke, St Jude and St Paul's School, Kingsbury
Devki Kaur, St Jude and St Paul's School, Kingsbury
James Wright, Turfurlong School, Aylesbury
Lucie May, St Joseph's School, Chalfont St Peter
William Briggs, The Kings School, Witney
Chelsea Tiller, Kings Park School, Boscombe


Middlehurst School, Stoke-on-Trent

Barnehurst School, Erith

Brigidine Junior School, Windsor

Congratulations to all of the above.  The judges had a very difficult task choosing the winners out of the thousands of very high standard entries received.

The main object was to increase understanding among young people of the role of our constitutional monarchy and of our Queen in this, Her Majesty’s 80th birthday year and the 54th year of her reign.

The competition involved either writing a poem about anything to do with Her Majesty the Queen's 80th birthday or making a birthday card! Entries could relate to a young person’s own experience of the Queen and what she does or about the Queen and our Monarchy in general.

The criteria by which entries were judged were age, originality, the amount of effort put in or a particularly personal recollection. We would stress therefore that anybody who submitted any sort of entry stood a good chance of being selected for a prize.

One very special feature of the competition is that as many winning entries as possible were displayed at a major exhibition which was held on The Queen’s official birthday on 17th June.  HRH Prince William of Wales was there and expressed great interest in the exhibition - asking many questions. Further details and photographs will be posted on the website when available. The winning entries and any which are of special merit in any way will later be sent to Buckingham Palace for The Queen to see!

The Association offered a range of prizes. First prize is a state-of-the-art computer for the winner’s school and for the winner. Additional prizes will include software packages for the runners up; Royal Mint limited edition commemorative £5 coins and certificates of merit for the entries which the judging panel deem to be highly commendable and copies of the book Blood Royal - from the time of Alexander the Great to Queen Elizabeth II for those highly commended schools.  All schools which took part in the competition received a large poster of the Queen.

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