Listen&Learn: Princess Diana

Jaksyn Peacock
Learn about the “People’s Princess”.

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • royal: belonging to the family of a king or queen
  • heir: the person who is next in line to be a king or queen
  • activism: work that is meant to cause social or political change
  • awareness: public knowledge of an issue
  • patient: a person who is receiving treatment for an illness or injury
  • paparazzi: people who follow famous people and take pictures of them
  • charity: an organization meant to raise money for people who need it

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

Princess Diana was a member of the British royal family. She was born in Norfolk, England in 1961. She became royalty at age 20 when she Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne. The royal wedding had over 2000 . Diana was known for her sense, but also for her activism. Throughout her life, Diana helped to raise awareness for people living with AIDS. Sometimes she even brought her sons with her when she went to visit patients. For this reason, she gained the ‘The People’s Princess’. Even after she and Charles in 1992, British media continued to pay attention to Diana. In 1997, she died in an accident after paparazzi tried to chase her car. Over 2 billion people around the world watched her funeral live on television, and her family created a charity in her memory.

Comprehension questions

1. Princess Diana's wedding had

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Princess Diana's wedding had over 2000 guests.

2. Princess Diana gained the nickname "The People's Princess" because

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Princess Diana gained the nickname "The People's Princess" because she was an activist and liked to help people.

3. In 1992, Princess Diana and Prince Charles

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In 1992, Princess Diana and Prince Charles separated.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. When Princess Diana was alive, she received lots of media attention. The public wanted to know everything about her life. Why do you think people are so interested in the lives of celebrities? How can this be harmful?

Transcript

Princess Diana was a member of the British royal family. She was born in Norfolk, England in 1961. She became royalty at age 20 when she married Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne. The royal wedding had over 2000 guests. Diana was known for her fashion sense, but also for her activism. Throughout her life, Diana helped to raise awareness for people living with AIDS. Sometimes she even brought her sons with her when she went to visit patients. For this reason, she gained the nickname “The People’s Princess”. Even after she and Charles separated in 1992, the British media continued to pay attention to Diana. In 1997, she died in an accident after paparazzi tried to chase her car. Over two billion people around the world watched her funeral live on television, and her family created a charity in her memory.

Written and recorded by Jaksyn Peacock for EnglishClub

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