London Borough of Barnet

Budding poets invited to step into the Queen's shoes for a day

Published Tuesday 3 April 2012

Barnet school children are being invited to imagine living a day in the life of the monarch as part of a new poetry competition.

Children across the borough aged 5 to 18 are being asked to imagine what life would be like ‘if I were King or Queen for the day...’ as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Poems can be written in verse using 250 words or fewer. They can include examples of what clothes they might wear, laws they might pass or even who they might meet if they were King or Queen.

The competition is being launched just days after Diamond Jubilee fever hit the borough, with more than 700 people turning out at Deansbrook Road in Edgware on Thursday to cheer the Queen as she drove through on her north London visit.

Winners will receive a trophy and framed copy of their poem, as well as see their winning poem published on the council’s Diamond Jubilee website.

Runners up will receive a goodie bag of Diamond Jubilee mementos.

 Age categories are Infants (reception - Yr2), Junior (Yrs 3 - Yrs 6), Secondary (Yrs 7-11), and Sixth Form (Yrs 12 - 13).

All poems must be submitted by 5pm on 24 May 2012. The winners will be announced on Friday 31 May, the last day before the extended Jubilee bank holiday.

Martin Russell, the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Barnet and chair of the Barnet Diamond Jubilee Steering Group, said: “During this Diamond Jubilee year, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, we want everyone, but especially the borough’s young people, to get involved with the celebrations.

“I for one can’t wait to read what children in Barnet would do if they were King or Queen for the day and hope that lots of you are able to submit your poems for this contest.”

Barnet residents will have a chance to mark this special occasion in our nation’s history on Monday 4 June as the borough’s Diamond Jubilee Festival, including community stalls, music, entertainment and fireworks, culminating with the lighting of a beacon as part of the national beacon chain, takes place. More information will be made available closer to the time.

Entries can be submitted via email to or marked for the attention of Rachel Williams, Children's Service, London Borough Of Barnet, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South,  London N11 1NP.

Poems should begin 'If I were King for the day...' or 'If I were Queen for the day...'

Contact Press Officer: Sue Cocker