Prince William’s four-year stay at St. Andrews would draw the interest of the world’s media. To protect the Prince, an agreement was made banning camera crews and pres except on selected occasion meaning Will, as he was known, could live university life much like any other student.
But, a year into his studie Prince William was finding it hard to settle in his art history course, the same course as his friend Kate Middleton. It’s said that Kate’s persuasive2 character made William stay, and he switched to geography. Late in their first year, the friends moved into a house-share together, but not before William attended a student fashion show, where Kate was revealed in a new light.
Jules Knight3 (William’s Fellow Student): I think that was the moment when everyone realised how beautiful she was. There was this lovely, unassuming girl, who also had a sexy side as well, and she got up there and she flaunted4 her stuff and looked fantastic.
Geordie Greig (Editor): All her contemporaries at St. Andrews saw her as the most attractive girl there.
By now their friendship was growing closer, and they were getting to know one another,warts5 and all.
Kate spent her early years in the English county of Berkshire, 60 miles outside London. It was an ordinary childhood amongst genteel villages and rolling fields. Born six months before William, on January the 9th, 1982, Katherine Elizabeth Middleton is the eldest6 child of Carol and Michael Middleton.
Chris Robben (Editor): Kate comes from a very stable middle-class family: her parents run their own business. They both were in the airline business—initially her mom, a stewardess7 and father, a pilot. She’s got a younger sister, Pippa, and Jame a younger brother, so it was normal stuff. They’re really very much like a lot of ordinary, middle-class families. Not, certainly, someone you’d expect to be marrying into the royal family.
It was at his “passing-out parade” at Sandhurst in late 2006 that Kate made her most significant appearance in the presence of the senior royal accompanied by her parents. The occasion, however, did not pass without controversy8.
Piers9 Morgans (Broadcaster & Journalist): The cameras caught Kate’s mom chewing gum during the Sandhurst parade, and this was a social disaster. You just do not…one does not chew gum at the passing-out parade. Well, I felt quite sorry for her. You know, I don’t think she probably gave it a moment’s thought. She’s probably incredibly nervous. I mean, if you’re the mother of the potential future Queen of England, and you’re surrounded by the in-laws-to-be, it’d be terrifying. A little crafty10 bit of gum to calm your nerve and the next thing you know everyone’s going, “Oh, this is a disaster! I mean you can’t have a gum-chewing mother-in-law.” So that was the kind of thing I think you…you buy yourself into as a family. It’s not just about Kate, it’s about all her family. They’re all wedding into this.
So what is it that binds12 these two together?
Hannah Sandling (Friend of William & Kate): I think the key to their relationship is independence. They have their own friendship they have their own hobbie they don’t hang around each other’s necks and suffocate13 each other. They’ve been through so much together: they’ve been such good friend you know, through university, coming out of university, and I think, because of all of that, it’s made the bond between them super strong—totally indestructible.
Geordie Greig: They enjoy the same joke they enjoy the same sort of outdoorsy good fun, and she knows how to make him feel relaxed and that he doesn’t have to worry about her when they’re together in public.
Ollie Baines (William’s Fellow Student): She’s very calm and very collected, and together they are a very calm and collected couple. You might sort of think, “Isn’t it very serious that people who met, you know, mid-twenties are that close to one another?” But with those two, it really work because, they, you know, they’re totally meant for each other.
Scenes of Prince William, his brother, Prince Harry14, and Kate partying and clubbing, became familiar in ways unthinkable in previous royal generations. But with great strength of character, Kate has always been careful to manage both hers and William’s public image.
Chris Robben:Where Prince William has always been seen as the good boy against Prince Harry the bad boy…actually, a lot of the time when he was at university, you know, he’d sunk a fewpints15. The truth i she’d be the one who’d be pulling him back a little bit an saying, “You need to calm down a little bit, just in case you’re caught out.”
Geordie Greig: You’ve never seen her exit a nightclub apart from in the most elegant andsupremely16 poised way, even if it is 3 AM.
Chris Robben: They’ll be great ambassadors together on a public stage—young, good-looking, intelligent—but they’ll be great ambassadors for Great Britain, PLC.
Hilary Alexander (Fashion Director): The country’s struggling through a recession, you know, economic gloom everywhere you turn—everything’s doom17 and gloom—and to have this is just like a rainbow. I think it’s fabulous18!
1 flipped  [flipt] 
轻弹( flip的过去式和过去分词 ); 按(开关); 快速翻转; 急挥
The plane flipped and crashed. 飞机猛地翻转,撞毁了。
The carter flipped at the horse with his whip. 赶大车的人扬鞭朝着马轻轻地抽打。
2 persuasive [pəˈsweɪsɪv]     
His arguments in favour of a new school are very persuasive.他赞成办一座新学校的理由很有说服力。
The evidence was not really persuasive enough.证据并不是太有说服力。
3 knight   [naɪt]     
He was made an honourary knight.他被授予荣誉爵士称号。
A knight rode on his richly caparisoned steed.一个骑士骑在装饰华丽的马上。
4 flaunted [flɔ:ntid]    
v.炫耀,夸耀( flaunt的过去式和过去分词 );有什么能耐就施展出来
She flaunted the school rules by not wearing the proper uniform. 她不穿规定的校服,以示对校规的藐视。 来自互联网
Ember burning with reeds flaunted to the blue sky. 芦苇燃烧成灰烬,撒向蔚蓝的苍穹。 来自互联网
5 warts  [wɔ:ts]   
n.疣( wart的名词复数 );肉赘;树瘤;缺点
You agreed to marry me, warts and all! 是你同意和我结婚的,我又没掩饰缺陷。 来自辞典例句
Talk about trying to cure warts with spunk-water such a blame fool way as that! 用那样糊涂蛋的方法还谈什么仙水治疣子! 来自英汉文学 – 汤姆历险
6 eldest   [ˈeldɪst]    
The King’s eldest son is the heir to the throne.国王的长子是王位的继承人。
The castle and the land are entailed on the eldest son.城堡和土地限定由长子继承。
7 stewardess   [ˌstju:əˈdes]     
Please show your ticket to the stewardess when you board the plane.登机时请向空中小姐出示机票。
The stewardess hurried the passengers onto the plane.空中小姐催乘客赶快登机。
8 controversy   [ˈkɒntrəvɜ:si]    
That is a fact beyond controversy.那是一个无可争论的事实。
We ran the risk of becoming the butt of every controversy.我们要冒使自己在所有的纷争中都成为众矢之的的风险。
9 piers [piəz]     
n.水上平台( pier的名词复数 );(常设有娱乐场所的)突堤;柱子;墙墩
Most road bridges have piers rising out of the vally. 很多公路桥的桥墩是从河谷里建造起来的。 来自辞典例句
At these piers coasters and landing-craft would be able to discharge at all states of tide. 沿岸航行的海船和登陆艇,不论潮汐如何涨落,都能在这种码头上卸载。 来自辞典例句
10 crafty  [ˈkrɑ:fti]     
He admired the old man for his crafty plan.他敬佩老者的神机妙算。
He was an accomplished politician and a crafty autocrat.他是个有造诣的政治家,也是个狡黠的独裁者。
11 poised  [pɔɪzd]     
The hawk poised in mid-air ready to swoop. 老鹰在半空中盘旋,准备俯冲。
Tina was tense, her hand poised over the telephone. 蒂娜心情紧张,手悬在电话机上。
12 binds  [baindz]    
v.约束( bind的第三人称单数 );装订;捆绑;(用长布条)缠绕
Frost binds the soil. 霜使土壤凝结。 来自《简明英汉词典》
Stones and cement binds strongly. 石头和水泥凝固得很牢。 来自《简明英汉词典》
13 suffocate   [ˈsʌfəkeɪt]    
If you shut all the windows,I will suffocate.如果你把窗户全部关起来,我就会闷死。
The stale air made us suffocate.浑浊的空气使我们感到窒息。
14 harry  [ˈhæri] 
Today,people feel more hurried and harried.今天,人们感到更加忙碌和苦恼。
Obama harried business by Healthcare Reform plan.奥巴马用医改掠夺了商界。
15 pints  [paints]
n.品脱( pint的名词复数 );一品脱啤酒
I drew off three pints of beer from the barrel. 我从酒桶里抽出三品脱啤酒。 来自《简明英汉词典》
Two pints today, please. 今天请来两品脱。 来自《简明英汉词典》
16 supremely   [su:ˈpri:mli]  
They managed it all supremely well. 这件事他们干得极其出色。
I consider a supremely beautiful gesture. 我觉得这是非常优雅的姿态。
17 doom  [du:m]  
The report on our economic situation is full of doom and gloom.这份关于我们经济状况的报告充满了令人绝望和沮丧的调子。
The dictator met his doom after ten years of rule.独裁者统治了十年终于完蛋了。
18 fabulous  [ˈfæbjələs]     
We had a fabulous time at the party.我们在晚会上玩得很痛快。
This is a fabulous sum of money.这是一笔巨款。

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