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The Royals
Unit 16
8 • The Past in the present

The Royals
United Kingdom Flag

Does the media frenzy reinforce or challenge the Royals’ stability?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Australia, by Chris Jackson, 2018.

Get ready!

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Look at the vocabulary below.

a. Memorise as many words as possible. Then, find other words to complete it. Use the toolbox.

b. Give a title to each box.

Look at the picture above.
a. What strikes you?

b. Is it a traditional or a modern view of monarchy? Why?
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Listen to this report explaining what happens when a British monarch dies. Be ready to present it.
How the British media are already prepared for Queen Elizabeth's death

Workbook p. 109

Read the brainstorming questions below and discuss them with your neighbour.

Read the idiom of the week on the page below. With the photo and the culture note, guess its meaning.


  • old-fashioned / traditional ≠ modern (adj.)
  • even if / although /ɔːlˈðəʊ/ (adv.)
  • look realistic / alive (exp.)
  • portrait / a painting / canvas (n.)
  • contrast with (v.)
  • look ≠ look like / resemble /rɪˈzɛmbəl/ (v.)
  • unveil / discover (v.)

Let's learn!


Select five words from the vocabulary lists below and use drawings to make your neighbour guess them.

Elizabeth II making a Christmas broadcast, by Hulton-Deutsch Collection / Corbis, 1952.

IDIOM of the week!

The Queen's English

The Queen's English
When the monarch in the United Kingdom is a king, it is called the King’s English.

This is not any kind of English but the one spoken by the ruling monarch.

Brainstorming question

What is the role of the British Royal Family today?

Brainstorming question

How are they represented in the media?

Brainstorming question

Why are British people so attached to the Royal family?

The Royal Family

The Royal Family

  • be at the head of / be crowned (v.)
  • celebrate / praise / adore (v.)
  • cheer / applaud (v.)
  • despise /dɪ'spaɪz/ / reject / attack (v.)
  • rule (v.) = govern the country / lead the kingdom /'kɪŋdəm/ / (exp.)
  • support / defend the monarchy /ˈmɒnəkɪ/ / (exp.)
  • wear a crown /ˈkraʊn/ / tiara /tiˈɑːrə/ (exp.)

  • grandchild / grandchildren (n.)
  • grandmother (n.)
  • great-grandchild (n.)
  • great-grandmother (n.)
  • heir /ˈɛə/ / succession (n.)
  • monarch / queen / king (n.)
  • sovereign /'sɒvrɪn/ (.n)

  • comfortable / relaxed (adj.)
  • happy / joyful / pleased (adj.)
  • harassed (adj.) by paparazzi
  • popular / admired / beloved /bɪ'lʌvɪd/ / celebrated (adj.)
  • shy/ timid (adj.)
  • stubborn / headstrong (adj.)
  • sulky / irritable / uptight (adj.)
  • traditional ≠ mordern (adj.)

  • Big Ben (
  • Buckingham Palace ( → the Queen's residence
  • Westminster /ˈwɛstmɪnstə/ (
  • Windsor Castle /ˈkɑːsəl/ (
  • 10 Downing Street ( → the residence of the British Prime Minister (PM)

On your way to the task - Step 1

Lead a flash news report.

Step 2

Share your thoughts by taking part in a street interview (vox-pop).

Step 3

Create and present a tabloid cover.

Your final project

Report on a Royal event, and question its impact on the stability of the British Monarchy.
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