Unit 16
8 • The Past in the present

The Royals
United Kingdom Flag

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

On your way to the task - Step 1

Lead a flash news report.
Activity 1
Activity 2

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?

Let's learn!


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

The Royal Family

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

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

  • 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.)

  • 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.)

The Royal Family

Your final project

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

Step 2

Share your thoughts by taking part in a street interview (vox-pop).
Activity 3
Activity 4

Step 3

Create and present a tabloid cover.
Activity 5
Activity 6


  • 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.)
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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.

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

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.

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

Brainstorming question

Why are British people so attached to the Royal family?

Brainstorming question

What is the role of the British Royal Family today?

Brainstorming question

How are they represented in the media?
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