Úvodní článek seriálu věnovanému britské královské rodině.
The Royal Family
The Royal Family plays a big role in the lives of many British people, and is a major symbol of the British culture. A lot of people pay close and serious attention to the life and activity of the royals, and many take part in celebrating their birthdays, jubilees (anniversaries of Her Majesty's coronation. The Golden Jubilee
50 years] took place in 2002) and wedding anniversaries. In fact, some people feel like the royal family is a part of their own family and that is why all of the royals have very informal public names - Princes Harry and Wills, Lady Di (R.I.P.), Prince Charlie, Fergie (Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York). Of course there are other members of the public who don't care about, or don't like the presence of the royals because they consider it unnecessary. The general public (especially the younger generations) is very interested in the personal life and behaviour of the young Princes: Will's on-off girlfriend Kate Middleton has had a lot of hassle from the press; Prince Harry has been photographed wearing a Nazi outfit at a fancy dress party, falling out of nightclubs blind drunk and smoking cannabis. Harry's recent Iraq story also received a lot of attention (he was determined to go out there with his fellow soldiers and fight, but it was too dangerous for the young Prince and many people feared he would be kidnapped, so he was not allowed to fight in Iraq). Much speculation surrounds Prince William and whether he will choose to become King or not. By the looks of it this is highly unlikely, as Will seems to want to follow a different path. Both Princes have started to come to terms with the fact that it would be a good idea to carry on with the work that their mother has started. Prince William, in my opinion, treats this mission with much more seriousness than his younger sibling.
Kat is a bilingual speaker of English and Russian studying Czech and Russian
at the University of Bristol in England, currently on her year abroad in the
Czech Republic. If you live in that area and would like private lessons in
either or both of the aforementioned languages, please do not hesistate to
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