The Reading / Listening - Platinum Wedding Anniversary - Level 4

Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 70th wedding anniversary on Monday with her husband Prince Philip. She was 21 when she got married on November 20, 1947. She is the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum anniversary. She is the UK's longest reigning monarch. The couple spent the day at Windsor Castle. They marked the occasion with several official portraits. Britain's post office issued a set of commemorative postage stamps.



The royal couple met as teenagers during World War II. Prince Philip was the son of a Greek prince. He gave up his title to get married. He told his future mother-in-law that he had, "fallen in love completely". He said: "My job first, second and last, is never to let the Queen down." He has always been there for the Queen. She called him her "rock". A journalist explained that humor helped their marriage because they could share a joke together.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    November - Level 5 or  Platinum Wedding Anniversary - Level 6

Sources
  • http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/20/happy-anniversary-your-majesty-queen-releases-official-portraits-to-mark-70th-7092189/
  • http://gulfnews.com/news/europe/uk/elizabeth-ii-prince-philip-mark-70th-wedding-anniversary-1.2127229
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-pictures-queen-elizabeth-prince-philip-70th-wedding-anniversary/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. She was 21 when
  2. the first British
  3. celebrate a platinum
  4. the UK's longest reigning
  5. The couple spent the day
  6. They marked the
  7. Britain's post office issued a
  8. commemorative postage
  1. occasion
  2. monarch
  3. stamps
  4. she got married
  5. set
  6. monarch
  7. at Windsor Castle
  8. anniversary

Paragraph 2

  1. The royal couple met
  2. He gave up his title
  3. his future mother-
  4. fallen in
  5. never to let the Queen
  6. He has always been there
  7. A journalist explained that humor
  8. they could share a joke
  1. helped their marriage
  2. as teenagers
  3. together
  4. in-law
  5. for the Queen
  6. to get married
  7. down
  8. love completely

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Queen Elizabeth (1) __________________ wedding anniversary on Monday with her husband Prince Philip. She was 21 when (2) __________________ on November 20, 1947. She is the (3) ___________________ to celebrate a platinum anniversary. She is the UK's longest reigning monarch. The couple (4) ___________________ at Windsor Castle. They marked the occasion with several (5) ___________________. Britain's post office issued a set of commemorative (6) ___________________.

The royal couple (7) ___________________ during World War II. Prince Philip was the son of a Greek prince. He gave (8) ___________________ get married. He (9) ___________________ mother-in-law that he had, "fallen in love completely". He said: "My job first, second and last, (10) ___________________ the Queen down." He has always been there for the Queen. She called him her "rock". A (11) ___________________ that humor helped their marriage because they could (12) ___________________ together.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

QueenElizabethcelebratedher70thweddinganniversaryonMondaywi
thherhusbandPrincePhilip.Shewas21whenshegotmarriedonNovem
ber20,1947.SheisthefirstBritishmonarchtocelebrateaplatinumanni
versary.SheistheUK'slongestreigningmonarch.Thecouplespentthed
ayatWindsorCastle.Theymarkedtheoccasionwithseveralofficialportr
aits.Britain'spostofficeissuedasetofcommemorativepostagestamps.
TheroyalcouplemetasteenagersduringWorldWarII.PrincePhilipwast
hesonofaGreekprince.Hegaveuphistitletogetmarried.Hetoldhisfutur
emother-in-lawthathehad,"falleninlovecompletely".Hesaid:"Myjo
bfirst,secondandlast,isnevertolettheQueendown."Hehasalwaysbee
ntherefortheQueen.Shecalledhimher"rock".Ajournalistexplainedth
athumorhelpedtheirmarriagebecausetheycouldshareajoketogether.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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