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[高三]UK in focus
作者:21ST    来源:21世纪学生英文报·高三版第424期    日期: 2011-05-27
从王室婚礼看当代英国文化。

The wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29 has focused the world’s camera lenses (镜头) on the UK.

In Britain, there is a constant debate about the relevance of the royal family to modern British society. However, Windsor (the family name of the British Royal Family) and Middleton have been seen to represent a more modern, forward-looking nation.

Nigel Baker, the British ambassador to Bolivia, believes that the royal wedding is “about modern Britain”. “The estimated 2 billion spectators (观众) across the world will see that Britain is one of the most culturally and ethnically (种族上地) diverse nations in the world, home to 270 nationalities speaking 300 different languages, founded on tolerance and respect for difference,” wrote Baker on his blog.

According to Baker, the wedding could help viewers to see “why Britain is one of the most dynamic (充满活力的) and creative countries in the world”: The television on which most people watched the event was invented by John Logie Baird, a Briton, and the World Wide Web that broadcast the event to millions more was invented by another Briton, Tim Berners-Lee.

The guests who attended the wedding ceremony gave more than a few clues as to the nature of modern Britain. David and Victoria Beckham represent Britain’s obsession with football and celebrity.

Leaders from different religious backgrounds supported Baker’s comments on the multicultural nature of modern British society.

Before the wedding, David Elliott, arts director of the British Council China, agreed that the wedding would be a showcase for modern Britain: “I think, and hope, that it (modern British influence) would be values like openness, multiculturalism (多元文化), creativity, sense of humor and the traditional British sense of fair play,” he said.

Furthermore, events such as the Olympics in London in 2012 may also increase people’s sense of Britishness.

According to a poll (调查) published in Daily Telegraph, more than a third of people in the UK admitted they felt “very British” when watching the Olympics.

By Simon Stafford, 21st Century staff

The royal wedding has had an impact on Britons’ view of themselves and on the world’s view of Britain.

AFP

BONUS

关于这场婚礼的热点词汇:

bride新娘 bridegroom新郎

bridesmaid伴娘 best man伴郎

tie the knot结婚(get married)

become engaged to someone

与某人订婚



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