Используя свои знания, представьте интересные факты о британской королевской семье.
Test 9. Civilization topic.
Тема этого эссе лежит за пределом кругозора среднестатистического лицеиста Молдовы. И если эта тема недостаточно подробно освещалась на уроках истории или английского языка, или же она прошла мимо Вас, то высосать её из пальца едва ли получится. Можно, конечно, просто написать о том, кто это и что это, но это явно не то, что называют интересными фактами. Поэтому даже конспект-копипаст
Начнём, пожалуй, так:
The British Royal Family is the group of close relatives of the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Members and relatives of the British Royal Family historically represented the monarch in various places throughout the British Empire, sometimes for extended periods as viceroys, or for specific ceremonies or events. Today, they often perform ceremonial and social duties throughout the United Kingdom and abroad on behalf of the UK, but, aside from the monarch, have no constitutional role in the affairs of government.
Этого более чем достаточно для вступления, а можно даже разрезать на вступление и заключение. Теперь собственно к интересным фактам.
Я предлагаю использовать
The Supreme Governor of the Church of England is the Queen. The Queen is considered the temporal governor of the church, since one of the rites of coronation is to be the 'defender of the faith.' The Archbishop of Canterbury is the spiritual leader of the church, and is appointed to that post by the monarch.
It was Princess Diana, who the royal family referred to as the 'Bahamas Mama'. In February, 1982, the Prince and Princess of Wales vacationed in the Bahamas. Diana, six months pregnant, had her picture taken by the paparazzi wearing a bikini. After the photo was published, Diana was known as the 'Bahamas Mama'.
The Duke of Windsor (the former Edward VIII) was given the position of Governor of the Bahamas four years after his abdication in 1940. Rumours that the Duke was a supporter of Hitler meant that, after a brief spell with the British Military Mission in France, he was sent as far away as possible during WWII. He became Governor of the Bahamas.
The royal family had a very unfavorable impression of President Jimmy Carter, because he was considered 'too forward'. The Queen Mother had an active dislike for Jimmy who, when introduced to her, kissed her full on the lips. Rules of royal protocol state that you don't speak until spoken to when meeting a royal, much less kiss them. The Queen Mother's reaction? 'He is the only man since my dear husband died to kiss me on the lips!'
The Buckingham Palace was bought by George III. He purchased Buck House from the Duke of Buckingham and added a few rooms, but it was during the reign of Victoria that the palace that we see today was created.
The residence of the Queen Mother was Clarence House. Given to Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip after their marriage in 1947, Clarence House was occupied by the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret when Elizabeth became Queen. The Queen Mother lived there ever since.
Выберите из этого списка 2-3 факта и используйте их в эссе. Лучше всего запомнить факты отдельно, а нужные слова - отдельно, и изложить факты своими словами.
В заключении можно использовать вырезку из вступления или добавить вот такое:
Every step made by the British royal family is monitored by mass-media, secret services and society inside and outside the United Kingdom. Sometimes rather ordinary events and occasions become significant, if they refer to the powers that be.
Или вот такое:
The life of monarchs and their families has always attracted attention of the society. While a whole empire's stability and might depends on a single person or family, every small detail about that person or family is important and interesting.