№127 по английскому языку за 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко
авторы: Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко
Учебник по английскому языку 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель. Страница 127
military units, art galleries, accommodation for elderly people, hostels for the homeless, and other British and Commonwealth organisations. The Queen regularly goes out for the whole day to a particular region or city. If the visit is a busy one, or if it lasts more than a day, then the Queen will travel overnight on the Royal Train. The Duke of Edinburgh will often accompany the Queen on such visits; when this happens, they will carry out some engagements together and others separately to ensure that the maximum number of people and organisations can be visited.
Every Tuesday at 6.30 pm, she gives an audience to the British prime minister to discuss affairs of state. Nobody else is present, no notes are taken, no prime minister has ever revealed what goes on, the communications between them always remain confidential. Eleven prime ministers have served the Queen during her reign, including Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher.
At 7.30 pm, Philip, who has his own schedule of engagements, returns to Buckingham Palace. The royal couple enjoy a drink together in their apartments. Still highly active at 84, Philip often goes out again, and Queen Elizabeth, if there is not an engagement to attend, spends her evenings in her private quarters. She fills in a crossword, often watches television with supper on a tray, and retires to bed at around 11pm. However, the lights stay on until midnight as the queen looks through the confidential government papers which are brought to her every day, no matter where in the world she is, in traditional red boxes. So, in front of the camera or away from it, the Queen's duties go on, and no two days in her life are ever the same.
In pairs discuss the following:
• Compare your timetable with Queen Elizabeth II's daily routine. Do they differ a lot?
• What fact/ facts in the Queen's timetable
- surprised you most?
- was/were nothing new to you
• Do you NOW think it's hard to be a queen?
• Would you like to lead such a lifestyle? Why? Why not?