Only a few months ago, children across the country enjoyed lessons about the Queen and her life, as primary schools across the country marked the Platinum Jubilee. Now, they’ll be facing the news that the country’s longest-running monarch has died, at the age of 96.

As the country enters a period of national mourning, children may find the atmosphere unsettling – and certainly quite confusing.

“Children are inquisitive individuals and love to ask questions and really understand what is going on and for some children this may be the first time they hear the words ‘death’ or ‘died,’” says childhood bereavement charity, Winston’s Wish.

“They may hear things on the radio and television, in schools or across their social media channels which could prompt a lot of questions and curiosity from children, wanting to know what it all means. Unfortunately, for some children they will have already experienced a bereavement and this significant event could bring up their own difficult feelings.”

For parents and care-givers approaching the topic this week, the charity has shared the following tips on how to discuss the Queen’s death with children.

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