image

Breaking News English .com, British Queen Drops In On Wedding (26th March, 2012)

A newly wed couple got the surprise of their life at their wedding when Britain's Queen Elizabeth turned up as a guest. John and Frances Canning were married at Manchester's Town Hall on Friday. In the same building the Queen and her husband Prince Phillip were at a lunch as part of the celebrations for her Diamond Jubilee – sixty years as the British monarch. The Cannings found out that the Queen would be at the town hall at the same time as their wedding after they had booked the wedding venue. They decided to write to Buckingham Palace inviting the Queen to their wedding. They received a letter back from a palace official thanking them for the invite and informing them the Queen would be too busy.

John Canning said it was "just phenomenal" and "one of the most memorable moments of my life". Frances Canning said: "It was a bit scary but lovely.” She said the Queen “was beautiful - a really nice woman, and wished us all the best." She added: “Basically, it was a wedding gift for us." Mr Canning explained how events unfolded at the wedding, saying: “After we'd got married, we walked through our guests into the middle room where we were going to spend five minutes together. The gentleman from the Town Hall came up and said the Queen had agreed to meet us. Little did we know it had already been arranged a long time before.” The Queen also made time to pose for pictures with and congratulate the happy couple.

Classroom handouts, online activities and a listening for this article are at http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1203/120326-wedding_gift.html



Want to learn a language?


Learn from this text and thousands like it on LingQ.

  • A vast library of audio lessons, all with matching text
  • Revolutionary learning tools
  • A global, interactive learning community.

Language learning online @ LingQ

A newly wed couple got the surprise of their life at their wedding when Britain's Queen Elizabeth turned up as a guest. John and Frances Canning were married at Manchester's Town Hall on Friday. In the same building the Queen and her husband Prince Phillip were at a lunch as part of the celebrations for her Diamond Jubilee – sixty years as the British monarch. The Cannings found out that the Queen would be at the town hall at the same time as their wedding after they had booked the wedding venue. They decided to write to Buckingham Palace inviting the Queen to their wedding. They received a letter back from a palace official thanking them for the invite and informing them the Queen would be too busy.

John Canning said it was "just phenomenal" and "one of the most memorable moments of my life". Frances Canning said: "It was a bit scary but lovely.” She said the Queen “was beautiful - a really nice woman, and wished us all the best." She added: “Basically, it was a wedding gift for us." Mr Canning explained how events unfolded at the wedding, saying: “After we'd got married, we walked through our guests into the middle room where we were going to spend five minutes together. The gentleman from the Town Hall came up and said the Queen had agreed to meet us. Little did we know it had already been arranged a long time before.” The Queen also made time to pose for pictures with and congratulate the happy couple.

Classroom handouts, online activities and a listening for this article are at http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1203/120326-wedding_gift.html


×

We use cookies to help make LingQ better. By visiting the site, you agree to our cookie policy.