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英语阅读英国皇家婚礼趣味史

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英语阅读英国皇家婚礼趣味史
作者:By Mark Mason
来源:英语学习

  In the build-up1 to their grand wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are probably too busy to read up on trivia about previous royal weddings. Which is a pity, as they might get some tips on things to include (such as rich tea biscuits2) and things to avoid—like spending your wedding night drunk on the floor by the fireplace…
  2011: Prince William and Kate Middleton
  Having chosen the same date for their wedding as Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun (April 29), Wills and Kate tied the knot at Westminster Abbey. She omitted the promise to “obey” her husband (just as his mother Diana had done at her wedding in 1981). The military uniforms worn by William and his brother included specially-tailored sweat guards to keep them dry under the TV lights. David Beckham entered the abbey wearing his OBE3 on the wrong lapel (that is, the right)—someone must have had a word, because he left the abbey with it on the left lapel. Guests departed to enjoy a wedding cake containing 1,700 rich tea biscuits, a favourite snack of the groom.
  2005: Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
  Guests included Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley and the bride’s ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles—but not the groom’s mother.4 As Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the Queen is forbidden to attend the wedding of a divorcée5.
  1994: Sarah Armstrong-Jones and Daniel Chatto6
  Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones might have thought they were keeping it low-key with their 1999“no hats” edict,7 but five years earlier Princess Margaret’s daughter got married so quickly that the chauffeurs were caught unawares. Guests at St Stephen’s Walbrook church in the City of London—including the Queen, Prince Philip and Princess Diana—had to make small talk until the cars appeared.
  1981: Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer
  Still the biggie—the last “fairytale” royal wedding, before the Queen’s children started getting divorced and public deference disappeared over the horizon for good. Although Diana herself never signed up to the fairytale in the first place: the wedding was only her 14th meeting with Charles, and at the rehearsal two days before she had broken down in tears. (The BBC crew kept that a secret, making sure the footage never emerged.) On the morning of her marriage Diana sang “Just One Cornetto”8 as she sat in her dressing gown having her make-up done. Then she accidentally spilt perfume over her dress—she had to hold the folds in her hand to cover up the stain. During the service she got Charles’s names in the wrong order, putting his middle name Philip first. Prince Andrew9 later teased her that she’d married his father instead.

 1973: Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips
  The Queen’s second-oldest had a wedding cake that was exactly five feet six inches tall—because so is she.
  1947: Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh
  The Queen (as she then wasn’t) had her wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell—and paid for it with ration coupons10. Hundreds of people sent her their own coupons to help out: but this would have been illegal, so she returned them all. The bride did her own make-up. As she got dressed for the service her tiara snapped—the court jeweller was given a police escort to his workshop so he could repair it in time.
  1923: Prince Albert and Lady Elizabeth BowesLyon
  On her way into Westminster Abbey, the future Queen Mother unexpectedly laid her wedding bouquet on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. This was in memory of her brother Fergus, who had been killed during World War I. Subsequent royal brides at the Abbey—including the Queen and Kate Middleton—have kept up the tradition.
  1840: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
  Previous royal brides had tended to favour blue or black wedding dresses, but Victoria (by then the reigning monarch) chose white so crowds along the processional route could see her clearly. Her decision is credited with spreading the modern tradition of brides wearing white.(She also banned her wedding guests from wearing the colour, and had the pattern for her dress destroyed so that no one could copy it.) Among the couple’s wedding presents was the largest cheddar cheese11 ever made. It contained the milk of 750 cows from Somerset, weighed 88 stone and had a circumference of over nine feet.12
  1795: Prince of Wales and Caroline of Brunswick
  The future George IV and his cousin Princess Caroline weren’t a match made in heaven, but a match made by his father George III. Seeing her for the first time, the prince said: “I am not well, pray get me a glass of brandy.” His bride-to-be was equally unimpressed, telling a friend that George was very fat and “nothing like as handsome as his portrait”. After their wedding George got stupendously13 drunk and spent the night lying on the bedroom floor by the fireplace.
  1736: Prince Frederick and Princess Augusta
The Prussian princess was just as reluctant about her marriage as Caroline had been about hers. On the way to the wedding she clung to her mother, begging“please don’t leave me”. Though she did it in German—she didn’t speak a word of English. Unsurprisingly this made the ceremony a bit of a challenge for her: a less than sympathetic Frederick shouted her lines into her ear so she could repeat them phonetically14. As soon as the proceedings were over Augusta was physically sick.
  1501: Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon
  Catherine would go down in history as the first of Henry VIII’s wives, but she had first married his elder brother Arthur.15 Her vows included a promise to be“bonny and buxom in bed and at board”.16
  1468: Charles the Bold and Margaret of York
  Charles, Duke of Burgundy, married the sister of Edward IV and Richard III in Bruges. The celebrations, which included jousting17 and feasts, went on for 12 days. This was longer than had been planned, and at one point workers from nearby cities had to be rushed to Bruges to help serve the food.
  1328: Edward III and Philippa of Hainault
  Proof that even the royal family can have problems with wedding venues. York Minster was still being built when Edward and his bride got married there. The nave18 didn’t yet have a roof, and as it was January the couple had to say their vows in a snow storm.
  哈里王子和梅根·馬克尔筹备大婚时,估计是忙得没空去钻研皇室前辈婚礼的细节了。这倒是有点可惜,他们本来可以瞧瞧有什么必不可少的(比如佐茶饼干),又有什么是千万要避免的——比如新婚之夜就躺在壁炉边上,烂醉如泥……
  2011年:威廉王子与凯特·米德尔大婚
  威廉王子和凯特在威斯敏斯特教堂结下连理,时间是4月29日,跟阿道夫·希特勒和爱娃·布劳恩成婚的日子一样。凯特沿袭了威廉王子的母亲戴安娜在1981年大婚时的做法,在誓词中删去了原有的“顺从丈夫”一说。威廉王子和弟弟哈里王子穿的军装有特制的防汗功能,以保证衣服在媒体的灯光下依然干燥笔挺。贝克汉姆入场时,官佐勋章戴反了,戴在了右边的领子上。可能有人提醒了他,出教堂的时候,勋章已经换到左边了。出了教堂之后,宾客开始享用由1,700块佐茶饼干做成的蛋糕,因为佐茶饼干是威廉王子最喜欢的零食。
  2005年:查尔斯王子与卡米拉大婚
  到场宾客有史蒂芬·弗莱、乔安娜·林莉和新娘的前夫鲍尔斯,而新郎的母亲——女王伊丽莎白二世却没有出席。因为女王是英国圣公会的最高元首,按规定不能出席再婚女人的婚礼。
  1994年:萨拉·阿姆斯特朗-琼斯与丹尼尔·查托大婚
  爱德华王子和索菲·里斯-琼斯可能觉得他们在1999年婚礼中规定“不戴帽子”已经够低调了,但是五年前玛格丽特公主的女儿结婚时更为仓促,甚至连车夫都有点措手不及。宾客齐聚在伦敦的圣史蒂芬沃尔布鲁克教堂时,婚车还没有来,女王、菲利普亲王、戴安娜王妃不得不发表讲话以避免尴尬。
  1981年:查尔斯王子与戴安娜大婚
  随着女王的子女们一个个离婚,公众对皇室成员的拥戴也一去不返,当初这场婚礼无疑是一桩大事,也成了最后一个童话般的皇家婚礼,尽管戴安娜本无意成为童话的主角:婚礼之前,两人见面不过13次;婚礼两天前的排练中,她还落下了泪水。(BBC工作人员一直保守着这个秘密,没有把视频公开。)婚礼的那天早晨,戴安娜穿着婚纱化妆时,唱起了《不过是一个甜筒》。后来,她不小心把香水洒在了裙子上,不得不一直抓着裙褶来遮掩污渍。婚礼当中,她念错了丈夫名字的顺序,把应该放在中间的“菲利普”放在了最开头。安德鲁王子后来还揶揄她说,她应该嫁给自己的公公。

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