With less than a week to go before the big wedding, London is getting ready to show its best face to the world.
British Union Jack flags are pictured on London's Regent Street on April 20, 2011, in preparation for the royal wedding between Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton at Westminister Abbey on April 29, 2011. AFP
London polishes up for royal wedding
LONDON The fountains have been cleaned, the lawns trimmed and giant Union Jack flags are flying in the wind – it's one week from the royal wedding, and London is putting on its best face for William and Kate.
Hundreds of thousands of well-wishers are expected for the wedding of Prince William and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton on April 29, not to mention the hundreds of VIPs invited to attend the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
To make the capital look as good as the bride, teams of contractors have given it a spring clean, and huge media stands have been erected to ensure the visiting hordes of journalists get the best possible view.
Dozens of red, white and blue British flags have been installed opposite Buckingham Palace, with more expected to be hung along the Mall, the road leading to the palace down which the newlyweds will drive in their carriage after the wedding.
Members of the Scots Guards and The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment march together during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace on April 20, 2011, in London. AFP
Speakers have been set up among the chestnut trees to relay the marriage ceremony live to the crowds, and in nearby St James's Park, the grass has been trimmed and the flowerbeds packed with new blooms.
On Whitehall, which is also on the procession route, the war memorials have been cleaned with pressurised water jets, and stall owners selling wedding memorabilia are doing a roaring trade.
"My Kate and William tea-towels are almost sold out. I've sold hundreds of them," said Richard Hudson, as he struggled to keep up with demand from tourists for spoons, mugs and plates sporting the couple's picture. AFP
A city store window display in Sydney shows a collection of fine bone china plates and mugs on April 18, 2011 commemorating the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton. AFP
polish up – to make changes to something in order to clean it up or improve it ขัดเกลา, ฟื้นฟู
fountain – a structure from which water is sent up into the air by a pump, used to decorate parks and gardens/yards น้ำพุเทียม, น้ำพุ, น้ำพุประดิษฐ์
lawn – an area of grass, especially near to a house or in a park, which is cut regularly to keep it short สนามหญ้า
trim – to make something neater, smaller, better, etc, by cutting parts from it ตัด
Union Jack – the name for the national flag of the United Kingdom ธงชาติของอังกฤษ
invite – to ask somebody to come to a social event; to ask somebody formally to go somewhere or do something เชิญ
ceremony – a formal public event งานพิธี
bride – the woman at a wedding who is getting married เจ้าสาว
contractor – a person or company whose job is to do work for another person, organisation, company, etc. ผู้รับเหมา
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
stands – raised areas, often part of a sports stadium, where people sit or stand to watch a match or event ที่นั่งชมการแสดง
erect – to put the parts of something together so that it stands upright ตั้งขึ้น
ensure – to make certain that something happens or is done ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
hordes – large numbers of people กลุ่มใหญ่,ฝูงชน
journalist – a person who writes news stories or articles for a newspaper or magazine or broadcasts them on radio or television ผู้สื่อข่าว
opposite – across from or facing someone or something ที่อยู่ตรงกันข้าม
carriage – a road vehicle, usually with four wheels, that is pulled by one or more horses and was used in the past to carry people รถม้า
relay – to pass something on (information, money, etc.) from one person or place to another ส่งผ่าน
live – happening now, i.e., not recorded earlier ถ่ายทอดสด
bloom – a flower (usually one on a plant that people admire for its flowers) ดอกไม้
procession – a line of people or vehicles moving in a slow and formal way as part of an event ขบวน(ราช) รถในพิธี
pressurised – able to force a substance out from a container when the container is opened
jet – a strong narrow stream of gas, liquid, steam or flame that comes very quickly out of a small opening. The opening is also called a jet ก๊าซหรือของเหลวที่พ่นออกมาอย่างรวดเร็ว
stall – a large table or a small building that is open at the front, used for selling things (or for giving people information) รถ หรือแผงขายของ
memorabilia – objects that you collect because they belonged to someone famous or are connected with something that interests you ที่ระลึก
roaring trade – a very good business, i.e., selling products very quickly
struggle – to try hard to do something that you find very difficult พยายาม
demand – the amount of a product or service that people want ความต้องการ
mug – a tall cup for drinking from, usually with straight sides and a handle เหยือก
sport – to have or wear something in a proud way สวมใส่
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