Уроки английского. Playing the Queen

  • 5 июня 2012
Двойник королевы Елизаветы II Правообладатель иллюстрации BBC World Service
Image caption Двойники королевы Елизаветы II могут запросто вызвать ажиотаж у публики

В разделе Learning English мы публикуем видео- и аудиоуроки английского языка, истории о культуре и традициях англоязычных стран.

В рубрике "Туманный Альбион" - истории о жизни современной Британии и развитии английского языка.

В дни празднований Бриллиантового юбилея правления королевы Елизаветы II ее двойников можно встретить в самых разных местах по всему миру. Подробнее - в этом аудиоматериале.

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These people are unique in their 'royal duties', but they don't work for the Queen; they impersonate her. This month the Queen's lookalikes are out in force.

Margaret Southcoat has been working as a professional impersonator of the Queen for 13 years. As Britain prepares to celebrate 60 years of the Queen's reign, she says her diary has never been busier. The actress has a full schedule of events where she will be fooling people into believing she is the real thing.

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Elizabeth Richard is another professional lookalike whose uncanny resemblance to the Queen has led to her portraying the monarch at many press events. Her attention to detail includes wearing clothing that closely mimics that of Her Majesty, including elegant dresses, jewellery and hats.

Earlier this month, another counterfeit Queen sparked a frenzy at a shopping centre in Shanghai. Crowds flocked to try and get a glimpse of the substitute sovereign, but after a double-take they soon realised she was a fake. But the knock-off version still provided an amusing photo opportunity for everyone.

With so many enthusiastic fans of the Royal Family around the world, these dead ringers are able to keep the fascination with the Royal Family very much alive. So if you saw someone who looked like the Queen, would you be able to tell the difference?

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NOTES (в контексте)

  • are out in force - появляются в большом количестве
  • lookalike - двойник
  • uncanny resemblance - поразительное сходство
  • sparked a frenzy - вызвал ажиотаж
  • a double-take - повторного осмотра или изучения
  • a fake - зд. ненастоящая (другие значения слова fake - подделка / фальшивка)
  • dead ringers - двойники (абсолютные или точные копии); синонимичное выражение - 'похожи как две капли воды'

<br> Другие материалы рубрики "Туманный Альбион"

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