№126 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
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office. Then, together with the private secretary, they go through the day's programme - receiving a new ambassador, visits to hospitals, inaugurations. Since acceding to the throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth has conferred over 387,700 honours and awards. There have been 139 official portraits of her majesty during her lifetime, so it is not uncommon for the queen to sweep through the palace corridors at 10.30 am dressed in full regalia ready for a sitting.
Occasionally, Her Majesty invites a handful of famous faces, artists or business executives to lunch. Sometimes, other royals are invited to join her at the palace. However, she is more likely to eat a light lunch alone. It's a usual occasion, when the children pop their heads around the corner saying, 'Mum, can I join you?' If she is alone, the queen will send her page with a message to invite them. Her daughter Princess Anne curtseys and kisses her, while her sons Princes Charles, Andrew and Edward, bow, kiss her hand and kiss her on the cheek.
Every afternoon at 2.30 pm, the queen goes for a walk in the palace grounds. The rule is that if anybody is in the garden, apart from the gardeners, they must leave. Nobody is allowed to talk to her unless she speaks first. She likes to be left on her own because it's her thinking time.
The rest of the afternoon is devoted to the Queen's social duties. She is patron of more than 620 organisations and charities and 1,1 million people have been to her famous summer garden parties. On some evenings, she may attend a film premire, a variety of concert performances for a charitable cause. Such visits require premiere thorough planning beforehand. The Queen prepares for each visit by briefing herself on whom she will be meeting and what she will be seeing and doing. Royal engagements are carefully selected by the Queen from a large number of invitations sent to her each year. This helps to make effective use of the Queen's time. If the engagement is outside London, her journeys are often by air using a helicopter or an RAF (Royal Air Force) aircraft. The Queen carries out around 430 engagements a year, meeting people, opening events and buildings, and making speeches. Such engagements can include visits to schools, hospitals, factories,