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Prince William Grows Up!

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Prince William Grows Up!


At Eton, William 1)breezed through his 2)A-level year. He shined at sport and he was elected by his schoolmates to "POP," the college's elite1 3)prefect's club, made up from the eleven most popular boys of his year. And although, like many Windsors, he was not academic, he took three A-levels. He left Eton in the summer of 2000.

Following in his father's footsteps, William had developed a particular love for polo, the sport of kings and millionaires. The next summer, William made his public debut2 for the Highgrove team, with his brother and father at the 4)Cirencester Polo Club.

    At first, William wanted to play polo in Argentina before going to university. But Charles thought that that would be a mistake, and that he would be a mistake, and that he should do something more worthwhile. So William joined up with 5)Raleigh International, an organization his father had helped set up. William raised money to go on an expedition in Chile, South America.Once in Chile, William travelled with a small group of Raleigh venturers to Tortel, where he carried out volunteer work for the poor rural community.

    As well as helping3 in less developed countries, Raleigh gives privileged school leaders, like Prince William, the chance to work alongside young people from different backgrounds in the UK. This wasn't an excuse for an exotic holiday. It was hard work, and William took his turn to "6)muck in" with the team building walkways.

    William: I don't know I've been treated any different at all than I... special treated at all... which is why I just... I think I get along with these guys so well as well. They all treat me the same. The locals treatme the same, and I just, I love being... having no restrictions4, you know?

    William lived with his new companions in an old nursery they nicknameed "Hotel Tortel." Boys and girls camped together at very close quarters.

Companion: We had to set up our sleeping bags around the slides and the climbing frames. And at the back, the base, there was Will. I think he set... he set up his underneath5 the slide, right next to the toilet. So there's no luxury from day one.

All 7)trappings of royalty6 dropped away as William got stuck in with the other young volunteers.

During his gap year, Prince William had found great freedom and happiness out of the public eye, living as an ordinary person. The reality of his royal background and destiny was something he always wished to escape.

In September, 2001, William showed his independent-mindedness by breaking with royal tradition to study History of Art at St. Andrew's University. He decided7 not to go to "Freshers' Week" because, he said, "I thought I'd probably end up in a gutter8, completely wrecked9." Although his family are his closest 8)confidants, William does have firm friends, who have proved they can be relied upon. It’s only when he’s with his group of trustworthy friends that he can let his guard slip. 

Now in his second year at St. Andrew’s, William has moved into a student flat with friends, which has made him happier. He takes early morning jogs, plays golf, and goes to the local Indian takeaway. 

William has been linked to a number of girls, many from the polo set. His first girlfriend was, allegedly, Arabella Musgrave. They were seen drinking in the local pubs, but it ended when William went up to university. Not surprisingly, William is always determined10 to keep the identity of the girls he’s dating a secret, as much for their sakes as his. 

Camilla Long (Writer): There’s a very complicated sort of ritual. If he’s meeting a girl that he likes, he will go to a party and she will turn up to the same party, and the host won’t know who she is. Only he and her will know that there’s some kind of liaison11 going on. So it’s very shrouded12 in mystery. It’s very controlled. 

After he finishes university, it is likely William will 9)pursue a career in the army, in order to lead as normal a life as he can for as long as possible. Typically, he’s rejected any idea of public celebrations for his 21st birthday, opting13, instead, for a private party with friends. William’s reluctance14 to accept his future destiny, means that some wonder whether he will reject his royal role altogether. But Prince William’s 10)level-headedness and courage mean that he will, probably, 11)knuckle down and accept his fate. 




















1) breeze [bri:z] v. 轻而易举地取得

2) A-level 大学预科

3) prefect [5pri:fekt] n. 英国公学中的级长,班长

4) Cirencester Polo Club 西兰斯特马球俱乐部。成立于1894年,是英国历史最长的马球俱乐部。

5) Raleigh International 雷利国际。这是一个慈善机构,成立于1984年,旨在让年轻人通过在世界各地的环保和社区项目进行义务劳动,提高自己的自信力,学会与他人合作。

6) muck in 浑身是泥,这里指威廉王子与其他人融成一体。

7) trappings [5trApiNz] n. 外部标志

8) confidant [7kCnfi5dAnt] n. 密友,知己

9) pursue [pE5sju:] v. 追求

10) level-headedness 头脑冷静,稳健

11) knuckle down 开始认真工作





1 elite CqzxN     
  • The power elite inside the government is controlling foreign policy.政府内部的一群握有实权的精英控制着对外政策。
  • We have a political elite in this country.我们国家有一群政治精英。
2 debut IxGxy     
  • That same year he made his Broadway debut, playing a suave radio journalist.在那同一年里,他初次在百老汇登台,扮演一个温文而雅的电台记者。
  • The actress made her debut in the new comedy.这位演员在那出新喜剧中首次登台演出。
3 helping 2rGzDc     
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
4 restrictions 81e12dac658cfd4c590486dd6f7523cf     
约束( restriction的名词复数 ); 管制; 制约因素; 带限制性的条件(或规则)
  • I found the restrictions irksome. 我对那些限制感到很烦。
  • a snaggle of restrictions 杂乱无章的种种限制
5 underneath VKRz2     
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
6 royalty iX6xN     
  • She claims to be descended from royalty.她声称她是皇室后裔。
  • I waited on tables,and even catered to royalty at the Royal Albert Hall.我做过服务生, 甚至在皇家阿伯特大厅侍奉过皇室的人。
7 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
8 gutter lexxk     
  • There's a cigarette packet thrown into the gutter.阴沟里有个香烟盒。
  • He picked her out of the gutter and made her a great lady.他使她脱离贫苦生活,并成为贵妇。
9 wrecked ze0zKI     
  • the hulk of a wrecked ship 遇难轮船的残骸
  • the salvage of the wrecked tanker 对失事油轮的打捞
10 determined duszmP     
  • I have determined on going to Tibet after graduation.我已决定毕业后去西藏。
  • He determined to view the rooms behind the office.他决定查看一下办公室后面的房间。
11 liaison C3lyE     
  • She acts as a liaison between patients and staff.她在病人与医护人员间充当沟通的桥梁。
  • She is responsible for liaison with researchers at other universities.她负责与其他大学的研究人员联系。
12 shrouded 6b3958ee6e7b263c722c8b117143345f     
v.隐瞒( shroud的过去式和过去分词 );保密
  • The hills were shrouded in mist . 这些小山被笼罩在薄雾之中。
  • The towers were shrouded in mist. 城楼被蒙上薄雾。 来自《简明英汉词典》
13 opting e6a09ce5b5c8079c1654586c4e1dc5b3     
v.选择,挑选( opt的现在分词 )
  • What courses are most students opting for? 多数学生选什么课程? 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Wells doesn't rule out opting out and then re-signing with Houston. 威尔斯没有排除跳出合同再与火箭重签的可能。 来自互联网
14 reluctance 8VRx8     
  • The police released Andrew with reluctance.警方勉强把安德鲁放走了。
  • He showed the greatest reluctance to make a reply.他表示很不愿意答复。
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