Queen Sofia misses out on second anniversary celebration

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Diamond Jubilee: Spain's Queen Sofia cancels visit


Queen Sofia of Spain has cancelled a visit to the UK to mark Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee because of disputes over the island of Gibraltar.

A Spanish government statement said it was "hardly appropriate" for Queen Sofia, 73, to attend a lunch on Friday.



Vocabulary:

a statement -

off (Gibraltar) -

hip (n) -

to spark -

a complaint -

a household -

to undergo surgery -

a duty -

lavish (adj) -

to starve -

to hold (an event) -

to claim -

unrest (n) -

to host -



Grammar point:

"The prince and the Countess of Wessex are to visit Gibraltar on 11-13 June as part of the celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's reign."

Be to + verb refers to a future action. It is quite common in news reports and official notices. It is used for official arrangements and formal instructions that are imposed on us by other people.
  • The PM (Prime Minister) is to make a statement later today.
  • Luggage is not to be left unattended otherwise it may be taken away and destroyed.
  • The police are to investigate claims of corruption.
  • Life jackets are to be worn at all times.

Comments

Lucía said…
hi!

how are you?

I read the article, I can understand all the article without looking word up in the dictionary.

I'll look up some word as:

to mark-
queen's reign-
to spark-
Lavish-
Swaziland-
two-thirds-
poverty-

I can know the mean of these words but I prefer look it up.

I can't undertand why they put gerund hunting in this sentence:

He is recovering from surgery last month after he fell and broke his hip while hunting elephants in Botswana.

thank you.

LucitiLaCatalana
Lucía said…
hi1

I think that I have found the mean
"He is recovering from surgery last month after he fell and broke his hip while hunting elephants in Botswana".

I can traslate "durante la cacería". I can remember that The verb in gerund is a name!!!.....
Graham said…
Hi Lucía!

I'm very well thanks. How are you?

I don't see Luciti much on facebook now. :D

Do you think Queen Sofia should have gone?


I read the article, I can understand all the article without looking words (in the dictionary).

I'll look up some words such as:

I can imagine the meaning of these words but I prefer to look them up.


You are right that the verb as the subject of a sentence takes the gerund form but here I think we simply omit "he was":

"He is recovering from surgery last month after he fell and broke his hip while (he was) hunting elephants in Botswana".


See you in a bit!
Graham said…
I made a typo. I should have said "looking words up" in my previous comment.
lucia said…
thank you.
lucia said…
I don't agree with our dear Queen Sofia (LOl). I think the Queen has to be more embarrassed by her husband´s behaviour than the disputes over the island of Gibraltar. If she wants a lesson about moral behaviour she had to give up.

Bye....
Graham said…
Hi Lucía!

I don't think Sofia had much choice - it was the government that decided for her. I'm sure she would love to have gone.

Sofia has nothing to be embarrassed about; it's her husband who should hang his head with shame. It'll be interesting to see the body language of the two at their next appearance. I wonder if the King will be his normal jovial self.



If she wants a lesson about moral behaviour she should give up.
lucía said…
I have read your comment.Although I agree with you a bit, I think that Juan Carlos's wife has to have some responsabilities about theirs marriage. She could get divorced.

On the other hand, I have looked up the verb to hold in a dictionary and I am surprised about the high among of meanings to this word.
bye,

Luciti
Graham said…
Hi Lucía!

Did you see the appearance of the King and Queen at the Armed Forces Day parade? It seems that they are not on speaking terms now.


Although I kind of agree with you, I think that Juan Carlos's wife should have some responsibility for their marriage.

I have looked up the verb to hold in a dictionary and I was surprised to see just how many meanings this word has.

See you!