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Parliament past and present experiences for students

posted Aug 21, 2015, 6:38 AM by Nicholas Basson   [ updated Aug 21, 2015, 6:39 AM ]
Young learners from Richmond Park Academy in West London have been taking a step back in time to enjoy a unique experience of meeting the legendary monarch  overthrown in the 17th century English Civil War.

They were the first in the country to be invited to Banqueting House in Westminster by Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) to meet and to question King Charles 1 about the charges against him by Parliament which led to his execution in 1649.


Working in groups they quizzed him on issues including why he married a Catholic and why he disbanded Parliament.

An unforgettable day was concluded with a guided tour of what would have been the original Palace of Whitehall, including Guard’s Parade, Green Park, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.


Sixteen music students soon followed in the footsteps of their learning colleagues for a twenty first century view of the nation's seat of power as a 'thank you' for their scintillating performances in a major civic reception in their borough last year. They enjoyed a private tour of the Houses of Commons and Lords to witness modern day politics in action and delight at the magnificent artwork and architecture.