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dateline: 23 July 2013

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Duchess Kate Gives Birth To Baby Boy

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • duchess: the wife of a duke
  • throne: the ceremonial head position of a royal family
  • heir: a member of the royal family who is in line for the throne
  • bet: a guess in which you hope to win money if you guess correctly
  • gender: sex; male or female

Duchess Kate Gives Birth To Baby Boy

Duchess Kate gave to a baby boy at St. Mary’s Hospital in London on Monday, July 22nd. According to reports from the palace, the 8lb 6oz baby and his mother are both doing well. The first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is third in line for the throne. The baby’s grandfather Prince Charles is first in line of succession, and his father Prince William is second. It could take up to for the first name of the heir to be announced. The British royal family usually chooses traditional names, such as George or . In the past few weeks, millions of people have placed bets on the royal baby’s gender and .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the gender and birth date of the royal baby?
  2. Who is next in line for the throne, and what relation does this person have to the baby?
  3. What did millions of people do before the baby was born?

Discussion Question:
Would you want to be born into a royal family? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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