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dateline: 23 May 2018

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Royal Wedding Described as “Diverse” and “Inclusive”

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • diverse: having a wide variety (e.g., of people)
  • inclusive: taking care not to exclude people or groups
  • lavish: overly rich and decorative
  • gospel choir: Christian music in the style of American blues and jazz
  • feminist: one who believes strongly that women are equal to men
  • wedding party: the people who stand up with the bride and groom at a wedding

Royal Wedding Described as “Diverse” and “Inclusive”

American actress Meghan Markle last weekend when she became the first biracial woman to marry into the British royal family. Unlike past royal weddings that have been for being overly lavish and traditional, the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle has been described as both “diverse” and “inclusive.” The bride, mother Doria Regland is a black American, invited a young black cellist, an African American , and a gospel choir to be part of the service. Markle, a divorced woman who is three years older than Prince Harry, also chose to walk down part of the of St. George’s Chapel alone, symbolizing her strong feminist beliefs. Children of the royal family as well as children of Markle’s Canadian friends were included in the wedding party.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What words have been used to describe the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?
  2. Why would Meghan Markle not be considered a “traditional” woman to marry into the British royal family?
  3. Why does the report mention the aisle of the chapel?

Discussion Question

Millions of people around the world, including about 30 million Americans, tuned in to watch the royal wedding. Why do you think so many people are obsessed with royalty in these modern times?

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Written 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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