Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with 10 fun games
As the country prepares to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years of service, the Solitaired.com gaming experts have rounded up their selection of games to make your street party or reunion family fit for a royal over the bank holiday weekend.
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Both players start with a board each, filled with face-up royals, and select a mystery character card, which only they can see.
Players take turns asking yes or no questions to guess which mystery card their opponent has, for example, did they marry a royal?
Do they wear glasses? Do they have children?
Those that don’t apply are turned face down, leaving the remaining characters face up. Once a player thinks they know which card their opponent has, they have a chance to guess who it is.
If a player guesses the card incorrectly, they lose.
As seen in The Crown. It’s usually a drinking game, but if there are kids involved, the rule can be changed so that players forfeit instead of drink.
Players form a circle and are assigned a number. Players are called “ibble-dibble”, followed by their number. Traditionally, a bottle cap is blacked out, but a marker or face paint can also be used to make a mark on the player, known as a “dibble-ibble”.
The rules are simple, whatever the round, he must identify himself by his number, for example by saying the number of black marks on his face, before calling the next player of his choice, identified by his assigned number, followed by the number of marks on their face. For example, the first round would look something like: “Number one ibble-dibble without dibble-ibble calling number five ibble-dibble without dibble-ibble.” Player number five would go next.
Players who hesitate or waste the penalty must put a black mark on their face and drink (or forfeit).
The longer the game lasts, the more difficult it becomes.
The winner is the player with the fewest points at the end.
Board games have been a tradition of the Royal Family since the days of Queen Victoria, and the Queen is known to love charades. Players write a movie, book, song, play, TV show, or phrase which is then placed in a hat.
Players are divided into two teams and individually players take an item from the hat, which must then be played in silence for their team to guess.
The player trying to act can use hand signals and mime to try to lead their team to the response.
Distribute a deck of cards fairly to the players; whoever has a Queen card must establish a rule that all guests must follow for the day.
Everyone who breaks the rules must get a drink or forfeit.
As the country’s favorite sport, football has a long history associated with England, and the royal family are also said to be fans of the game.
The Queen had apparently revealed to Buckingham Palace staff that her favorite team was West Ham. Prince Charles once shared his support for Burnley.
Prince William has been chairman of the Football Association (FA) since 2006 and has supported Aston Villa since he was 11 years old.
Kate is believed to be a Chelsea supporter, according to an eight-year-old fan who revealed the information after speaking with the Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince George was also spotted enthusiastically cheering on football games with his parents and playing for his school team.
The Royal Family hold an annual football match at Sandringham against the household staff.
Families hosting a kickabout over Jubilee weekend can do so with the Royal Seal of Approval.
The Royal Family have been known to enjoy playing a game of Monopoly, before the Queen banned it from being played at family events after it got out of hand.
Just because the game is now banned from royal functions doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the game anymore, if you’re still on good terms after the last time you played.
Host your own Great British Bake Off-style contest with easy-to-make royal-themed treats for kids to get involved in.
Assign a panel of unbiased, hungry judges.
The winner with the best pastry is crowned the king or queen of pastry.
Wacky royal portrait
Get creative with an unconventional royal portrait. Starting with a blank sheet of paper, players have five minutes to collect unconventional materials found around the house/garden.
Without using pens or pencils, create a royal portrait fit for a queen.
Enough to bring out the kid within any adult, and a great way to have fun with kids while engaging their creative side. Build a castle hideout using items around the house (blankets, boxes, chairs, etc.) and enjoy your own DIY royal residence.
Make a wreath contest
Put your arts and crafts skills to the test using craft materials such as paper, pens, glitter, and more. to make and decorate the best paper crown.
It’s a group activity that allows children to add their own personality to their wreath. Wreath patterns are available for free online.
You can also give a royal touch to these family board games:
- Pin the crown on the queen
- Pass the crown (pass the parcel)
- Who am I?
- royal quiz
- Treasure hunt
- Sleeping corgis (sleeping lions)
- musical thrones
- Jubilee costume
- The chocolate game (knife and fork)
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