Lisa's week: It’s a boy!
I’m sure the subject of today’s post won’t surprise you. You’ve got to know me a lot over the last couple of years (and yes, this week marks two years of Lisa’s Week) and I think you can guess what has caught my attention this week.
The new royal prince of course!
Now, if the gossip pages were to be believed, you might have been disappointed that the Duchess of Cambridge – that’s “Kate” to you and me – only gave birth to ONE baby and not the twins that had been predicted. And let’s face it, it was always a 50/50 as to whether it was going to be a boy or a girl even if the aforementioned gossip pages stated that it was going to definitely a boy (or a girl) according to each tiny little quote they found that either Prince William or Kate had made about babies over the last nine months. It’s royal tradition not to publicise the sex of the baby before he or she is born even if the parents have been informed – reports say that this time around, they didn’t know – and I rather like the surprise of finding out from the notice placed outside Buckingham Palace on a golden easel to announce the birth. However to be honest, I actually found out from the BBC but you know what I mean!
A short video released by Buckingham Palace shows the notice being brought outside and placed on the easel by footman Heather McDonald and senior footman Olivia Smith. It seems such a traditional thing to do and even the wording the announcement harks back to a long gone time.
“Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11.01am today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
Just how well they were both doing was clear to see when William, Kate and the new baby prince appeared outside the St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London at 5.51pm. Several people this week have commented at just how fresh and stylish she looked just 7 hours after giving birth, although I’m sure her hairdresser and stylist worked a miracle or two to give her the perfect look she needed for the world’s cameras and press!
The baby’s name has yet to be announced which is also a royal tradition although there doesn’t seem to be a firm reason for this. It seems likely that the delay is to give the young royals some time to make the announcement to their families before it’s made public knowledge but there is also the consideration that this is a name that will be recorded in history and therefore, it has to be well-considered and carefully chosen. The new prince was born on St George’s Day (you can read my post about St George from last year here) and he will surely be given a very traditional name. British bookmakers have stated that with odds of 2/1 Arthur is the favourite with James a close second at 4/1. Maybe the announcement will have already been made by the time this post goes live. Or they might keep us waiting a little longer – it was a full month before Queen Elizabeth announced Prince Charles’s name!
Let’s hope we don’t have to wait this long.
I’d love to have shared a photo of the happy family with you, but with all images being under copyright, I think it’s just easy if you head over to the internet and check them out yourself!
What is Lisa's week?
"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"
Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday
Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?
Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?
Episode 4: The sound of London
Episode 5: Not just a last resort
Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise
Episode 7: Title talk
Episode 8: The Union Jack
Episode 9: Why Thursday?
Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?
Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!
Episode 13: Up in the Highlands
Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends
Episode 15: Pie in the sky
Episode 16: Through the tunnel
Episode 17: Keep left!
Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise
Episode 19: How do you say that?
Episode 20: Back to School!
Episode 21: Sweet cravings
Episode 22: Can you change a fiver?
Episode 23: Grabbing some "me time"
Episode 24: Typical Mistakes (part 1)
Episode 25: Fancy a cuppa?
Episode 26: Quip tip of the week - Fell vs. fall etc.
Episode 27: Things that go bump in the night!
Episode 28: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpower, treason and plot
Episode 29: What's that badge you're wearing?
Episode 30: Bless you!
Episode 31: What are you thankful for?
Episode 32: Where's the larget Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria?
Episode 33: What's behind the door?
Episode 34: The joy of a Christmas cracker!
Episode 35: Does it all fit on the table?
Episode 36: Seeing in the New Year
Episode 37: How are your resolutions going?
Episode 38: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends - part 2
Episode 39: What will the Year of the Rooster mean for you?
Episode 40: Sweet Valentine
Episode 41: A Reminder
Episode 42: I'll have mine with sugar and lemon juice, please!
Episode 43: The joy of golden daffodils
Episode 44: To correct or not to correct, that is the question
Episode 45: The whole world's going green!
Episode 46: Idiom of the week - Raining cats and dogs
Episode 47: The joke's on you!
Episode 48: Left over from the Middle Ages!
Episode 49: More calendar food-based ponderings
Episode 50: We use German words too
Episode 51: Celebrating St George
Episode 52: The perfect start to the day
Episode 53: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 1)
Episode 54: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 2)
Episode 55: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 3)
Episode 56: Holiday season is coming!
Episode 57; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 1
Episode 58; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 2
Episode 59: Summer Solstice
Episode 60: Harry Potter turns 20
Episode 61: Quick Tip of the Week - live, life, live
Episode 62: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside
Episode 63: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Episode 64: Stick a stamp on it!
Episode 65: Idiom of the week - Water under the bridge
Episode 66: I say QWERTY, you say QWERTZ
Episode 67: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 1)
Episode 68: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 2)
Episode 69: Joking around in Scotland
Episode 70: The first day of school
Episode 71: Let's go down to the Wiesn!
Episode 72: Celebrating language
Episode 73: It's a Harry thing!
Episode 74: My favourite time of the year
Episode 75: TED-Ideas Worth Spreading
Episode 76: Grinning like a Cheshire cat
Episode 77: Enjoying the downtime
Episode 78: Talking Tenners
Episode 79: Do you need anything from the Hight Street?
Episode 80: Just another few minutes!
Episode 81: Counting the cards on my shelf.
Episode 82: What sign are you?
Episode 83: Great if you have a sweet tooth
Episode 84: It's an acquired taste!
Episode 85: New Year's Resolutions
Episode 86: Quick Tip of the week - go/come & take/bring
Episode 87: My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose
Episode 88: Once in a blue moon
Episode 89: Learning by Listening - part 1
Episode 90: Learning by Listening - part 2
Episode 91: This is the travel news!
Episode 92: The "Beast from the East" hits Western Europe!
Episode 93: The flu hits Lisa's Week
Episode 94: Spring forward and fall back
Episode 95: Holy Week
Episode 96: Quick Tip of the Week - prepositons of time
Episode 97: Perfect for dunking!
Episode 98: Part of the family