linguapress
Linguapress Intermediate English
Advanced level reading resources Intermediate reading resources English grammar online Language games and puzzles
Linguapress.com Intermediate English
linguapress       


British life : An intermediate level English resource.

Charles III - Britain's new King


With updated AUDIO: ► Click to open/close audio player then hit the ► play button


   Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8th 2022, after 70 years on the British throne. She has been succeeded by her eldest son Charles. The man who, until September 2022 was "Prince Charles" is now King Charles III
   8th September 2022. This text has been rewritten to take account of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  


The Queen and Prince Charles
Prince Charles - now King Charles - often accompanied or replaced the Queen on official duties, some formal, others less formal
Very few people alive in Britain today remember the time when Britain last had a king. Elizabeth II was Queen of England for 70 years, from 1952 to 2022, so only the very oldest people remember the last king, her father George VI.
    Queen Elizabeth has marked life and times in Britain for the past seven decades, and since her death, Britain has entered a new period of history. The Second Elizabethan age is over.
   For millions of people in Britain, and in other countries too, the death of the Queen has been like losing a  grandmother, since the Queen was part of national life, part of the national family, and a very popular figure. Opinion polls in 2020 showed that over 80% of people in Britain appreciated the Queen.
    There has been a moment of national trauma following her death; the Queen was not just "a royal", she was the Queen,  a person whose image people see every day, and will continue to see for some time, on coins, on banknotes, on stamps, in magazines, in public places.
 

King Charles III

 While Charles is not unpopular, he is less appreciated than his mother the Queen, and less popular than his son Prince William.  
  Charles was born in 1948,  and has spent his life in the shadow of the Queen. He has the image of a gentleman farmer, and is still actively involved in the agricultural life of his estates. Like his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, who was president of the WWF, Charles is very concerned about the environment and the natural world, and his farms are known for their organic produce. Indeed, Charles's farms became organic in 1985, long before the organic boom of recent years, and  "Duchy Organic", set up by Charles, is one of the biggest brands of organic foods in the UK, sold in the Waitrose supermarkets.
Prince William and Kate
William has now become the new Prince of Wales - the historic title of the heir to the throne
  Charles has also spent a lot of time trying to help underprivileged youth in Britain's inner cities. His "Prince's Trust" is a charity that has helped thousands of kids from poor parts of Britain's cities to get good training and good jobs. He has also been active on the world stage, and in 2020 he encouraged world leaders at the Davos summit "to reset capitalism", in order to prevent the worst effects of climate change. As a prince, he could say and do what he wanted; as Head of State, he will have to be more neutral.  That may be difficult for him.
    How long will Charles be king? Not as long as his mother, that is sure. He came to the throne at the age of 73, an age when most people are thinking more about retirement than taking up a big and important job. If he lives as long as his mother, he will remain king for over 20 years, longer than most heads of state..
   If he is a good king, then one day he will probably be succeeded by his elder son William. Few people  want Britain to become a republic. A poll in 2012 showed that 80% of people in Britain wanted the monarchy to continue, with only 13% wanting a republic. Perhaps this is understandable; in Britain, as in many other countries, politicians are not particularly popular these days! God save the King !
 

Word guide
WORD GUIDE
poll: a study of what people think -  decade:  period of (about) ten years - trauma: shocked sadness - a royal*: a member of the Royal Family -  elder, eldest: older, oldest * -  legendary: mythical, invented -   heir: successor, person who comes next -  estate: domain, large farm - concerned: worried, anxious -   produce: things that are made or produced - set up: established, created - brands: commercial names - underprivileged: people who do not have much money or much opportunity -  prevent: stop - eventually: in the end, one day - remain: continue to be - carry out: do, perform .

* Vocabulary notes: elder, eldest. These are comparative and superlative forms of old. There is no such word as eld. Elder and eldest imply relative age, not absolute oldness, and are only used of people. So a two-year-old could be an elder child.
A royal.  The adjective royal has been used as a noun in popular English since the late 20th century. It is very common in the media, since the alternative, a member of the Royal Family, is rather long.


Return to Linguapress site index

Printing: Optimized for printing
Copyright
© Linguapress.  Do not copy this document to any other website
Copying permitted for personal study, or by teachers for use with their students

   

Student Worksheet

Britain's new king?

1. Questions from answers.

 Here are six answers: write the questions, using the prompts indicated. Each of your questions must have at least seven words.

    1. For how long  
   Seventy years.

    2. Who  
   King George VI.

    3. Why 
   Because she was like a national grandmother.

    4. Where 
   In certain supermarkets.

    5. Do 
   No, they don't.

    6. Are  
   No they are not.

2. Verb forms and tenses

Put the verbs into the correct tense or form, using the prompts given in brackets.
In some cases you will need to add an auxiliary (helper) verb and /or a modal verb. In some cases there may be a choice of answer, specially where modal verbs are used.
Charles (also spenda lot of time (try  to help underprivileged youth in Britain's inner cities. His "Prince's Trust" is a charity that (help) thousands of kids from poor parts of Britain's cities (get  good training and good jobs. He (also be)   active on the world stage, and in 2020 he (encourage  world leaders at the Davos summit (reset)  " capitalism", in order (prevent)   the worst effects of climate change. As a prince, he (say and do what he (want)  ; as Head of State, he (be  more neutral.  That (be difficult for him.
    How long (Charles be king? Not as long as his mother, that is sure. He (come)   to the throne at the age of 73, an age when most people (think more about retirement than (take up a big and important job. If he (live as long as his mother, he (remain)   king for over 20 years, longer than most heads of state..

For teachers

Free expression.  Have students  say something about the Queen.

Notes:

Titles in the monarchy (regnal names). Charles III is pronounced "Charles the third"

And if you were wondering.......
King or king ?  The generally accepted rule is that as a title, the word King is spelt with a capital K; as a job it spelt with a small k. The same is true for Queen or queen, etc.

This teaching resource is © copyright Linguapress 2021 updated 2022 . Republication on other websites or in print is not authorised.

Linguapress; home Découvrez l'Angleterre (en français) Discover Britain



Page READY TO PRINT

A Linguapress.com
Intermediate level EFL resource
Level - Intermediate.
CEFR  LEVEL :  B1
IELTS Level :  4 - 5
Flesch-Kincaid  scores
Reading ease level:
66.2 - Plain English
 
Grade level: 9


A selection of other resources in graded English
from Linguapress
Selected pages
Advanced level reading : a selection
Highway 66 revisited  with audio
Gettysburg - the terrible battle
Wall Street - American street story
Just who are the English?
London's Notting Hill Carnival
The man who changed America with audio
Mississippi Music
America's Amish
Advanced level short stories:
A few good reasons  with audio
A Suitable Job
And lots more:  More advanced reading texts  
Intermediate resources :
Alcohol, prohibition and Al Capone
Who will be Britain's next king ?    with audio
Moving to the country    with audio
The Beatles... fifty years on  
Big red London buses  with audio
Sport: Sports, American style
USA: Who was Buffalo Bill?  with audio
USA: The story of blue jeans 
And more:  More intermediate reading texts  
Selected grammar pages
Online English grammar
Nouns in English
Word stress in English with audio
Reported questions in English
Miscellaneous
Language and style 
Themed crosswords for EFL
The short story of English





Copyright notice.

.
This resource is © copyright Linguapress 2022.
Photos: Prince Charles and the Queen, by Raph_PH - Creative Commons licence
 William and Kate; photo by Minerva97 - Creative Commons licence

Multi-copying of this resource is permitted for classroom use. In schools declaring the source of copied materials to a national copyright agency, Linguapress intermediate level resources should be attributed to  "Linguapresss" as the publisher.





Copyright
Free to view, free to share,  free to use in class, free to print, but not free to copy..
If you like this page and want to share it with others,  just share a link, don't copy.