Andersen Press have released a special King Charles III 75th Birthday Activity Pack based on Nicholas Allan’s best-selling The King’s Pants, encouraging children in schools and nurseries to design their own special pants and send them on to The King in celebration of his birthday on 14th November.

As well as pant-illustrating activities there are word searches, stamp design and   writing activities, perfect for educational settings planning on celebrating The King’s landmark birthday in November.

Andersen Press were inspired to update their activities following a school project to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III from Holy Trinity C of E Primary Academy School in Oswestry, where the children received a letter of thanks from Buckingham Palace.

Teacher Cheryl Meddins of Holy Trinity C of E Primary Academy and Nursery School led her class in creating colourful pants for the King and sent them off to the Palace as a fun way to celebrate a right, Royal moment, but was astounded the receive a personal letter back from Buckingham Palace.

Cheryl Meddins has said of the project and the letter from the Palace; “We sent over a package of illustrated pants for the Coronation to Buckingham Palace and then months passed and we sort of forgot about it. Then boom we received the letter just last week. The children were so excited, jumping up and down when we received the letter, to be honest we all were!”

In the letter sent to the school, Buckingham Palace says: “The King has asked me to thank you for your very kind letter, and for the colourful art project that you so generously sent in celebration of Their Majesties’ Coronation. The King was deeply touched that you should have taken the trouble to write, and would have me convey his warmest good wishes to all of the pupils and staff at Holy Trinity C of E Primary Academy & Nursery. I am to thank you once again for your thoughtful gesture at this time of celebration.”

This follows on a long tradition started with Nicholas Allan’s The Queen’s Knickers, where schools up and down the country would send in specially illustrated and coloured-in knickers to the palace, always receiving a letter of thanks from the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Author Nicolas Allan is thrilled that his new book continues this tradition, “I’m so pleased the tradition of sending pants to the monarch continues. I did talk to the late Queen about schools posting illustrated knickers to her, and she said that 'the ladies-in-waiting found it very amusing.'

It’s wonderful to see the present King and Queen appreciate it too, and I hope that schools around the country get involved and send the King their illustrated pants for his birthday.”

The activity pack is free to download here