The British love and respect The Royal Family. They are celebrities – magazines present articles devoted to their lives, filmmakers make movies about British queens, kings, princes and princesses. The images of these personalities appear on posters, books, even on clothes. There are countless internet sites connected to the British monarchy. The British know much about their leaders indeed and I must say they are extremely fascinating personalities.
The most popular British monarch is Queen Elizabeth II. She was born on the 21st of April 1926. She is the queen regent of 16 independent countries. She ascended the throne when her father, George IV died – in 1952. She is not only the Queen of Great Britain but also the queen of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados and other territories. What is more, she is the Head of the Commonwealth, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Duke of Normandy and Lord of Mann. She is a very busy person.
Despite al her duties Queen Elizabeth has a happy family life. Her husband is Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg. They got married in 1947. They are second cousins. There were some controversies about this marriage because Prince Philip was Greek Orthodox and his sisters got married to German noblemen with Nazi links. The wedding gown was designed by Norman Hartnell and it was beautiful. Their first child was born on the 14th of November 1948. The couple has four children. They are also grandparents and have eight grandchildren.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Silver Jubilee of accession in 1977. The Jubilee Line of the London Underground was named after this event. In 2002 the monarch celebrated her Golden Jubilee. The British are proud of their queen, even if she behaves in a eccentric way. She has few dogs and they have their own room as well as servants who take care of the royal pets!
Prince William of Wales is Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and he represents the youngest generation of the Royal Family. He was born on the 21st of June 1982. He is a son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Despite being a member of the Royal Family, he had a normal childhood. When he was seven he wanted to be a police officer. His first public appearance took place in 1991 during an official visit in Cardiff in Wales. When he graduated from Eton he decided to take a gap year. He spent some time in Chile where he taught English. He also visited some countries in Africa. In 2001 he started studying at the University of Saint Andrew’s in Scotland and he obtain a degree in geography. He was also commissioned lieutenant. In 2006 he graduated from Royal Military Academy Sandhust.
Prince William likes many things. He plays polo and often takes part in charitable matches. He is a fan of football. In 2006 he became the President of England’s Football Association. Magazines often write about his love affairs but it is difficult to say if this information is true or not.
Prince William’s younger brother, Prince Henry is also a celebrity in the United Kingdom. He is known as Prince Harry and tabloids often write about his life, especially about his behavior. He was born on the 15th of September 1984. He is the son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. He is the third line to the throne of 16 independent states (as well as his brother). He attended various schools. Then he took a gap year and went to Australia. During this year he produced a documentary film called ‘The Forgotten Kingdom’. He served 77 days in the Afghan War. Then the media revealed his presnce in Afghanistan and he had to go back home. He is well-know for his rebellious behavior. Magazines published some photos of Prince Harry drinking alcohol and going to nightclubs. Nevertheless, the nation loves their Prince. Prince Henry is keen on sport. He plays polo and goes skiing.
Prince Charles is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and also a very important member of the Royal Family. Although he enjoys charity work the nation often criticized him for his private life, especially love affairs. He was born on the 14th of November 1948. He was created the Prince of Wales on the 26th of July 1958. He met his first wife, Lady Diana Spencer in 1977. He proposed in 1981 and on the 29th of July 1981 their wedding took place. There were 3500 guests and 750 million people watched the ceremony on television. The couple separated few years later. Princess Diana died in 1987 in a car crash. In June 2000 Camilla Parker Bowler, Prince Charles’ partner, moved to his house. When the Queen gave her consent the couple got married (in 2005). Charity work is Prince Charles’ passion. His is the patron of over 350 charity organizations. He also promotes organic farming.
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