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The new Royal baby: some useful vocabulary

Whether you’re currently studying English in London or you’re planning your time at a London language school, you can’t fail to have noticed that we have a new royal baby in the UK. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, gave birth to Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana in London on Saturday 2 May 2015, an event that was in the news headlines all around the world. In the evening of the following day, landmarks such as Tower Bridge, London Eye, and the Trafalgar Square fountains in London and even the Peace Tower in Ottawa, Ontario, were illuminated pink to mark the princess’s birth.

You’ll no doubt have heard some interesting, and possibly unusual, English vocabulary if you read English newspapers or listened to English news bulletins around this time. Here are some of the words that you may be becoming familiar with, or which will help you to better understand the reporting around the new royal baby:

Newborn: a baby that has just been born.

Princess: this is the official title given to the new baby. She is a princess because she is born in the direct blood line of the royal family. This is referred to as being from the House of Windsor.

Duchess of Cambridge: this is the official English title given to Kate Middleton. According to royal protocols, she won’t become a princess until her husband, Prince William, becomes the Prince of Wales. This will only happen when his father, Prince Charles, becomes King.

Heir: a person who is directly in line to receive a rank, title, or office when the current holder dies or resigns. For example, Prince Charles is currently heir to the British throne. Or, for example, the only child of a wealthy business owner may be referred to as the heir to their fortune. Princess Charlotte is fourth in line to the British throne, which means she’s unlikely to become Queen.

King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery: this is a special unit of the British Army, which fired a special gun salute following the birth of Princess Charlotte.

Of course, the Royal Family is one of the main aspects of British life and culture that draws many people to the UK, either as a tourist or to learn English in the heart of the capital city, where the Queen and members of her family also live. If you choose to come to a London language school like Bloomsbury International, you’ll have the opportunity to visit iconic royal attractions including Buckingham Palace (depending on the time of year), Windsor Castle and maybe even Balmoral, if you choose to venture north to Scotland. You’ll also be able to watch ceremonial events such as the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, or the Lord Mayor of London’s annual parade. So if the Royal Family is of interest to you, studying English at a London language school could be just the way to indulge your passion while also improving your skills.


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