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Queen's small celebration

Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee… in miniature.

A new Lego model of Elizabeth II, complete with a mini version of the crown jewels, has been added to the Buckingham Palace scene at the toy company’s theme park.

The 1.5 cm tall crown is made from silver, and has been studded with 48 real diamonds.

It’s in the town of Windsor, which is home to one of the Queen’s real castles.

Vocabulary:

Diamond Jubilee - 60th anniversary celebration

miniature - smaller version of something

the crown jewels - the precious stones and ornaments used to decorate a monarch

theme park - park of entertainments based on one idea or set of characters

studded - decorated with small precious stones

Exercise:

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

Diamond Jubilee / Miniature/ the crown jewels/ theme park / studded

1. By contrast, Spain and Italy have __________ carriers with around a dozen planes, while China has only one ex-Soviet model, preferring to put its defence budget into missile technology.

2. The centre - which opened in 2006 - has a cinema, a hotel and a Venice-styled __________.

3. It is made of quetzal and other feathers mounted on a base of gold __________ with precious stones.

4. The Queen has taken part in a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on the final day of her __________ celebrations.

5. The two largest gems form part of __________ - one is set at the head of the Sovereign's Sceptre and the other into the Imperial State Crown.

Answers:

1. By contrast, Spain and Italy have miniature carriers with around a dozen planes, while China has only one ex-Soviet model, preferring to put its defence budget into missile technology.

Does anybody still need aircraft carriers?

http://bbc.in/Lzz3ZX

2. The centre - which opened in 2006 - has a cinema, a hotel and a Venice-styled theme park.

Blaze at Qatar shopping centre kills 19

http://bbc.in/Ly5ibY

3. It is made of quetzal and other feathers mounted on a base of gold studded with precious stones.

Mexico Aztec headdress could go home from Austria

http://bbc.in/Iih38Z

4. The Queen has taken part in a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on the final day of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Queen attends St Paul's service

http://bbc.in/McrUBQ

5. The two largest gems form part of the Crown Jewels - one is set at the head of the Sovereign's Sceptre and the other into the Imperial State Crown.

Jewellery from world's largest diamond to go on display

http://bbc.in/J9uWbd