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Who's Next Princess?

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Who's Next Princess?

Fair Princess Unfair

Once upon a time, and for hundreds of years, being a princess was a very formal job. It seemed to be about smiling and waving at people.

But when today's young Royals wave and smile, you might just see a flash of a tongue stud, or she may be accompanied by her 1)illegitimate son, whose father is a past boyfriend with a drug 2)conviction.

In 3)stuffier England, Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of the queen, got 4)publicity1 for more 5)minor2 6)offenses...like having a tongue stud, and getting photographed drinking a beer, and fighting with her live-in boyfriend. Yet decades ago her grand aunt, Princess Margaret was considered the bad girl merely for doing things like smoking and falling in love with a divorced man. When she gave him up, to keep her Royal position, 7)newsreels broadcast her statement worldwide. 

Reporter: Princess Margaret's personal message began with these words, "I would like it to be known that I have decided4 not to marry 8)Group Captain Peter Townsend."
She later married and divorced a commoner. That was not done! It was not done until Diana changed things. 

John Kennedy(ABC News consultant): I think Prince Charles was probably the last 9)heir to a throne that had to marry someone that had no past and hadn't been with anybody. Now, after the "Diana" business, there were no weddings for a long, long time of heirs to thrones. It caused 10)trauma5 amongst the Crown Princes, what had happened? So we've suddenly seen now a 11)spate6 of engagements to new-crown princesses, all of whom are completely different from Diana. They've got a past, they've been through scandals.
Like Mette-Marit, too, who had to go on television with the 12)Crown Prince of Norway, and make a tearful apology for her past wild partying...before she could marry him at this lavish7 Royal wedding. The ceremony included her son from a past boyfriend.

Reporter: What's the job of the modern Princess?

Kennedy: To try and keep out of the gossip columns as much as possible. It seems to have 13)come down to that, uhm...

Reporter: Smile, wave...

Kennedy: ...smile, wave, and produce an heir.
Aha! The new Crown Princesses of Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands have done that. All gave birth to girls, and these girls will grow up to be reigning8 queens, so their every move is being watched. And if they rebel, like Zara and Stephanie, people seem to say, “Who cares?”

Cinderella Never Die
In the recent film, "The Prince and Me," a reluctant Crown Prince from Denmark just wants to be a regular guy. Hiding out at an American college, he falls for an ordinary medical student. If it sounds like a modern-day 14)Cinderella story—only for the movies—think again. 
Meet the real heir to the Danish throne, His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Frederick, and the woman who stole his heart, an ordinary advertising9 manager from Australia.

Mary: The first time that, we met, or shook hands, I did not know he was the Crown Prince of Denmark.

That's because, when they met at this 15)trendy nightclub during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, he introduced himself simply as "Fred." 

Mary: It was perhaps half an hour or so later that someone came up to me and said, "Do you know who these people are?" I said, "No," and then we found out.

Frederick: Of course, I wasn't the only Crown Prince in that crowd that evening, so, it's really important to keep your focus there.
To appreciate this unusual match, you need to go back to the beginning. 
While Mary was growing up in a middle-class home half a world away, Frederick was already in line to be king. At the 16)tender age of three, after his grandfather died and his mother became queen, he became heir to the throne of Europe's oldest monarchy10. He knew nothing of it until 17)grade school. 

Frederick: It didn't 18)reconcile with an explanation. It was just told, "OK, you're the next in line. You're actually going to become a king."
In fact, his parents, Queen Margrethe and his French-born father, Prince Henrik, went out of the way to give the Crown Prince and his younger brother a normal childhood—no royal tutors, just regular Danish schools. 
And, just like in the movie, this real life Crown Prince studied abroad, a year at Harvard, using an 19)assumed name—Frederick Henderson. 
Frederick: ...as some of the students said,"actually have you heard that there's a Danish Prince around here, on the college?" I said, "Yeah, I have actually heard."

Reporter: (Laughing) I've heard of him.

Frederick: And then some would say, "Is that might be you?" and then I'd say, "Well, yeah."
Anna Johanneson, a reporter with Denmark's weekly royal magazine, broke the story of the Crown Prince's secret relationship. She snapped the first pictures of then 29-year-old Mary Donaldson, the daughter of an Australian College professor. Until then the year-long romance had been 20)hush-hush. Far from the watchful11 eye of the Danish media, the relationship, between working girl and future king had flourished. Soon after, Mary moved to Copenhagen, leaving her family and life in Australia behind. She took a job with a computer company and began learning the Prince's difficult Danish language. Ending years of speculation12, Prince Frederick finally proposed to his long-time girlfriend, with his mother's royal blessing13, of course.

1) illegitimate [7ili5dVitimit] v. 庶生的,私生的
2) conviction [kEn5vikFEn] n. 定罪,宣告有罪
3) stuffy14 [5stQfi] a. 乏味的
4) publicity [pQb5lisiti] n. 公开
5) minor [5mainE] a. 较小的,次要的
6) offense3 [E5fens] n. 引起反感的事物,过错
7) newsreel [5nju:zri:l] n. 新闻影片
8) group captain <英国与其它英联邦国家的>空军上校
9) heir [ZE] n. 继承人
10) trauma [5trC:mE] n. 精神创伤;外伤
11) spate [speit] n. 大批,大量
12) crown prince 皇太子,王储
13) come down to 可归结为,实质上意味着
14) Cinderella [7sindE5relE] n. 灰姑娘
15) trendy [5trendi] a. 前卫的,新潮的
16) tender age 幼年
17) grade school <美>小学,初等学校
18) reconcile with 与……相一致,与……符合
19) assumed name 假名,笔名
20) hush-hush 暗中进行的,秘密的


(一) 公主王妃也疯狂






约翰·肯尼迪(ABC新闻顾问):我想查尔斯王子可能是最后一个不得不找完全没有恋爱史的人结婚的王储了。结果,“戴安娜”事件以后,很长一段时间都没有什么王位继承人举行婚礼。这件事给王储们留下了创伤——到底怎么了?然后我们又突然目睹一股订立新王妃的浪潮, 而所有这些王妃都和戴安娜完全不同。她们都有恋爱旧史,而且不乏丑闻。






(二) 只爱“灰姑娘”











1 publicity ASmxx     
  • The singer star's marriage got a lot of publicity.这位歌星的婚事引起了公众的关注。
  • He dismissed the event as just a publicity gimmick.他不理会这件事,只当它是一种宣传手法。
2 minor e7fzR     
  • The young actor was given a minor part in the new play.年轻的男演员在这出新戏里被分派担任一个小角色。
  • I gave him a minor share of my wealth.我把小部分财产给了他。
3 offense HIvxd     
  • I hope you will not take any offense at my words. 对我讲的话请别见怪。
  • His words gave great offense to everybody present.他的发言冲犯了在场的所有人。
4 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。
5 trauma TJIzJ     
  • Counselling is helping him work through this trauma.心理辅导正帮助他面对痛苦。
  • The phobia may have its root in a childhood trauma.恐惧症可能源于童年时期的创伤。
6 spate BF7zJ     
  • Police are investigating a spate of burglaries in the area.警察正在调查这一地区发生的大量盗窃案。
  • Refugees crossed the border in full spate.难民大量地越过了边境。
7 lavish h1Uxz     
  • He despised people who were lavish with their praises.他看不起那些阿谀奉承的人。
  • The sets and costumes are lavish.布景和服装极尽奢华。
8 reigning nkLzRp     
  • The sky was dark, stars were twinkling high above, night was reigning, and everything was sunk in silken silence. 天很黑,星很繁,夜阑人静。
  • Led by Huang Chao, they brought down the reigning house after 300 years' rule. 在黄巢的带领下,他们推翻了统治了三百年的王朝。
9 advertising 1zjzi3     
n.广告业;广告活动 a.广告的;广告业务的
  • Can you give me any advice on getting into advertising? 你能指点我如何涉足广告业吗?
  • The advertising campaign is aimed primarily at young people. 这个广告宣传运动主要是针对年轻人的。
10 monarchy e6Azi     
  • The monarchy in England plays an important role in British culture.英格兰的君主政体在英国文化中起重要作用。
  • The power of the monarchy in Britain today is more symbolical than real.今日英国君主的权力多为象徵性的,无甚实际意义。
11 watchful tH9yX     
  • The children played under the watchful eye of their father.孩子们在父亲的小心照看下玩耍。
  • It is important that health organizations remain watchful.卫生组织保持警惕是极为重要的。
12 speculation 9vGwe     
  • Her mind is occupied with speculation.她的头脑忙于思考。
  • There is widespread speculation that he is going to resign.人们普遍推测他要辞职。
13 blessing UxDztJ     
  • The blessing was said in Hebrew.祷告用了希伯来语。
  • A double blessing has descended upon the house.双喜临门。
14 stuffy BtZw0     
  • It's really hot and stuffy in here.这里实在太热太闷了。
  • It was so stuffy in the tent that we could sense the air was heavy with moisture.帐篷里很闷热,我们感到空气都是潮的。
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