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  • 1. 1: , PEN G U I N REA 0 E R 5 L EVE L I Prince William is the son of Princess Diana. One day he's going to be the King of England. This is William's story - family, school, sports, girls. What do you want to know? It's all here! Penguin Readers are simplified texts designed in association with Longman , the world famous educational publisher. to provide a step-by- step approach to the joys of reading for pleasure. The series includes original stories. contemporary titles based on today's best-selling media hits. and easily accessible versions of the literary classics published by Penguin around the world . Each book has an introduction and extensive activity material. They are published at seven levels from Easystarts (200 words) to Advanced (3000 words). Series Editors: Andy Hopkins and Jo ce lyn Po tter 6 Advanced (3000 words) Contemporary 5 Upper Intermediate (2300 words) Classics 4 Intermediate (1700 words) Originals 3 Pre-lnterrnediate (1200 words) 2 Elementary (600 words) I Beginner (300 words) British English Easystarrs (200 words) American English Cover photograph © Rex Features/james Gray John Escott ISBN 0- 99 7-8 0574- 9 Published and distributed by Pearson Education Limited IIIIIII 9 780997805741
  • 2. A New Prince! It is the even ing of 2 1 Jun e 1982 - th e first day of su m mer. N ewspaper and tele vision reporters near the doors of St Mary s H ospital in Paddington , London , talk qui ckly into th eir telephones. 'It's a boy ... Yes! ... Princess Dian a has a little boy ... at 9.03 this evening ... England has a new prince! ... Yes, and moth er and child are well ... We're waiting to see Prince C harles ... ' At eleven o'clock that night, Prince C harles - the Prince of Wales - co mes o ut of the hospital. H e answers question s from th e reporters about his new SOI L 'H e has blue eyes,' Prince C harles says. ' He and his mother are very well. Th ey're co ming home tomorrow.' ' What's his name ?' the reporter s want to kn ow. Prince C harles sm iles. ' We don't know,' he says. 'We're thinking about it.' Charles likes the name Art hur, but Dia na does not. She wants W illiam . A week later, the repo rters have th eir answer: W illiam Arthur Philip Loui s. Hi s moth er's name for him is 'W ills'. Earl y Days Prin ce C harles wants Mabel And erson to be Prin ce Wi lliam's nanny. She was Pri nce C harles's nann y years before. Prin cess Diana says no. She do esn't want an o ld person .They g ive th e j ob to Barbara Barn es. Prin cess Dian a is a very loving mother. She likes having W illiam near her. and her bedroo m at Kensington
  • 3. Palace is nea r his room. Later, she often gets int o bed wit h Wi lliam and his brothe r at night. She says, 'Who loves you?' T hey answer, 'You! ' T he princess smiles. • It is 1983. Pr in ce C harles and Prin cess Di an a are go ing to visit Australia and New Zealand. But D iana wants to be w ith W illiam. W hat can she do? Then the Prime M ini ster o f Australia , Malcolm Praser, w r ites a letter to D iana . In it h e says, 'Please bring Prince Wi lliam w ith yo u.' Diana talks to C harles, and he says yes. T hey take William to Au stralia with th em. Th e yo ung pr inc e stays in Woomargama, a place in New So uth W1les, with Nanny l3arn es. Hi s moth er and fath er oft en visit him . • On 15 Sept ember 1984, a new brother arrives for W illiam . Two days later, h e go es to th e ho spital to see him. The new child's name is H arr y, and William loves playin g w ith him. School Days ~jlilliml/ ,11 rile age '!f uuo. A year later, on 24 Septem ber 1985, William starts school at Mrs M ynor's Scho ol in N otting Hill, in London . It is very near to Kensington Palace. A policeman goes to school with William every day. On the first mo rning W illiam runs ou t of th e car, but his mo th er sto ps him .Th e newspap er repo rters all want to take his photograph . Televisio n rep orters want his picture, too. W illiam goes to school two mornings a week, the n 3
  • 4. every morning, Now he knows numbers. and he can w rite his name. H e qu ickly makes a lot of friends. Bu t he is no t always a good boy at home. 'Go to bed , Wi lliam,' says Na nny Bar nes, ' N o,' says Will iam . 'Yo u can 't say that to me! I'm go ing to be king on e day.' • In Janu ar y, 1987 , Willi am has a new nanny - Ru th Wallace. Wil liams na me for he r is ' N an ny R o of' . At the same time, Will iam starts at Wetherby School. This is in Notting H ill, too. H ere he plays a lot of sports, and he gets a pr ize for sw im ming. Every year the scho ol has a Sports Day. W illiam and his friends wa tch Princess Diana and Prin ce C harles in the games for moth ers and fath er s. H e moves to Lud grove School in Berk shire in Septe mber 1990. H e lives there, and he goes home for scho ol holidays. W illiam is very happy at Ludgrove. Again, he plays a lot of games, and h e is good at football . At twe lve, he gets a prize for sho oting. Pr in ce C harles likes co unt ry spo rts an d o ften takes his you ng son w ith him . William watches h is fathe r shooting at Sandring ha m, one o f the Q ueen 's co untry I hom es. After that, Wi lliam wants to shoot, to o. At Ludgrove, W illiam is good at writing. H e gets th e scho ol pr ize for writing in 1992 . An Accident at School It is June 1991 , and W illiam is playi ng golf w ith his frie nd s at Lud grovc. Sudde nly, the re is an acci de nt . A 4 Princess Diana in 11 gamej(Jr mothers.
  • 5. fri end hits him on the head .T he schoo l sends Willi am to a hospital in R eading. Princess Diana is eating w ith a friend. She hears abo ut the accide nt and goes qui ckly to the hospital. Prince C harles also hears abo ut it and dri ves to R eadin g. The doctor s are not happy. They send W illiam to Great O rmond Street H ospital for C hildre n, in London . Diana goes w ith Will iam , and Prince C harles goes in his car. At Great O rmond Street, William has a sma ll but important ope ration on his head . H is mot her waits at th e hospital. Prince C harles can no t stay because he has impo rtant visitors. But the ope ration goes well. The doctor s say to Princess D iana,'William is OK .' Charles and Diana Divorce W illiam ofte n teleph on es his mot her from school. H e likes talking to her, and she wants to talk to him . Diana and C harles are not happy. Wi lliam kn ows thi s. H e knows about th eir problems, and he is unhappy abo ut the m . Th ey are not goo d for th e Qu een or for the co untry, and Wi lliam knows this, too. Prin ce C harles and Princess Diana do not live in the S;l111C hou se. C harles lives in his co untry home at Highgrove H ou se. W illiam visits him there. H e likes H ighg rovc, and he loves his father. Bu t it is a diffi cult time for him . W illiam likes watching television . ' Television is bad for you: his father says.'W hy do n't you read a book o r co me for a walk in th e cou nt ry" 6 J Villian: at the agc of nine.
  • 6. Pr incess Di ana lives at Ken sington Palace with th e boy s. Wi lliam loves to ru n to his mother's bedroom every mornin g. H e plays games w ith her an d they talk . • O ne day, W illiam says to H arry, 'I'm go ing to be a policem an .' ' Yo u can 't,' says H arry. 'You 're going to be kin g.' William do es not want to think ab out thi s. • Pri nce C ha rles and Pri ncess Diana divorce in Aug ust, 1996 . After that, hol idays w ith th eir moth er and father are ne ver the same for W illiam and Harry. Th eir mother takes th em to the Ca r ibbea n to sw im in th e sea. Or she takes them skiing in Ca nada or Ameri ca. Charles takes them skiing in Klosters, in Switzerland, or to G reece, or on a boat in th e M editerranean.They o ften go to Balm oral , th e Queen 's home in Scotland . After th e divorce, William and his brothe r have a new nanny at th eir fath er's home. H er nam e is Alexandra 'Tiggy' Legge-Bourke and she is young . Diana is not ver y happy about T igb'Y, but W illiam and Harry like her. ' P lease Stay Away!' f I IVilliam skiill.~ ill Kl<1SICTs. After l.udgrove, William goes to En gland 's famous sch ool for boys - Eton . It is a friendly schoo l. H e is very happ y th ere, and he has man y friends. So me times Willi am goes o ut of the school w ith two or three boys. They go into the town o f Windsor, to the sho ps or to a cafe. William likes go ing sho pping
  • 7. so metimes. But two policem en always go w ith the boys, and they are always near. So metimes ph o to graphers go after th em an d take ph o tograph s. W illiam does not like th is. And ne w spap er repo rte rs o fte n write stories about his unhappy m other and fath er. T h is m akes hiin very unhappy, to o. But he is start ing to look at girls! H e has pi ctures of gi rls at Eton - photographs o f beautiful g irls and yo u ng W0111cn from tele vision and film s. On e yea r at Klosters. Williarn m eets a g irl. She goes skiing wi th him , and th ey have a very hap py time. Eve ry yea r, at Eto n, there is an O pen D ay. The boys' fami lies can visit th e school on that im po rt ant day. Bur o ne year, Wi lliam does no t wan t his m other and fathe r at th e Open Day. It is a happy day for his friends and th eir fam ilies, and he do es not wa nt a lo t of photographers th ere.T he prince and pri ncess un derstand, an d th ey do not go. But Willi am does ask Tigb'Y. It is a happ y day fo r W illiam. H e eats w it h T igb'Y. T he n he and o ne of hi s fr iends wa lk and talk w ith th e mothers, fat he rs and siste rs of th e boys. And th ey m eet a lot o f beauti ful yo u ng gi rls I T he Car Accident Early in th e m orn ing of 3 1 Au gu st 1')')7 , Pri ncess D ian a co m es out o f the R itz H o tel in Paris w it h D odi Faved . A sho rt tim e later , they are dead, in a car acc ide nt. Princess Di an a is o nly thirty- six years o ld. Williarn and Ha rry are o n holi day at Balm o ral w ith th eir father. At 3 o' clock in the m orni ng, C ha rles and 10 J Villinn. Oil hisfirst day at ErOIl .
  • 8. the Queen hear about the accid ent. T he two you ng prin ces are slee ping . At 7.30. th eir fathe r talks to them abo ut th e accide nt. He th en tele pho nes Ti ggy. She co mes to Sco tland to be w ith th e boys. William and Harry go to ch urc h w ith their fathe r later th at morning. Newspaper and television reporters an d a small num ber o f people watch quietly. Five days later, C harles and his so ns go to London and t look at the thousands of flower s near Ken sing on Palace. T hey talk to some of the people th ere. Peop le in every co untry watch th e pictures of Willi am on television. Prince Wi lliam is not a boy now - he is a yo ung 1113n . • J illialll I"" b ,lI the thousands ,{flowers lIear V Kensington Palace. Di an a was a very good mothe r. ' Her boys' we re very im portant to her. An d she wanted to reach th em about people - not o n ly about qu eens, princes and pnncesses. Wi lliam went shopping w ith her and they went into cafes. T hey we nt to see people w ith no homes, and to see very ill people. Now Diana is dead , and Prince C harles is tr ying to do so me of the same thing with Wi lliam and his s brother. It is a difficu lt time for them all, but th ey are a stro ng and loving fami ly Prin cess Di an as family want to do things for Wi lliam and H arr y, too. N ew spaper rep o rters do not w rite about Will iarn o r H ar ry very o fte n now. or take ph ot ographs of them. There are not many pictures o f them o n television . Many peopl e say, 'T his is right. They are on ly you ng boys:
  • 9. 'WilliatTI,We Love You!' Wi lliam and H arry go to CJnJ dJ w ith the ir fat her for J skiing holi day. Hu ndreds of g irls wait for J lon g time in the hot sun in Vancou ver. Th ey VJ I lt to see Prince William and Prince H ar ry. T he b ig CJr stops.The doors open. T he re are th e two yo ung prin ces. 'WilliJm! WilliJm! ' the g irls SJY. ' We lo ve yo u !' And th ey gi ve him flow ers. T his is very diffi cult for William, but he smiles. H e tak es th e fl ower s and talk s to one or two of th e g irls. "Thank yo u : he SJYs. Some days later, Williarn visits J school in Van couver. Girls are waiting there to see him, too. and to give him flowers. 'I love him!' SJys one girl. 'I've got pictures of him at home in m y bedroom! ' • And now ' W illiarn likes Eton and hJS so me very good friends there. But he does not talk ab out them. H e is ' W ills' to them . H e lo ves Highg rove H o use, and he goes there at weekend s and in the school ho lidays. It is q uiet th ere. T her e are 110 reporter s, and nu photograph ers. H e and H ar ry play foo tba ll in the garde ns. T hey sw im at H igh g rove, too. Th er e are pi ctures of spo rts m en and Vo nH~ 11 in their bed rooms. T heir London ho m e is in St j am es's Palace now. William likes driving. H e likes skiing. H e likes shooting and J Il cou nt ry sports. H e loves go ing to Balmoral in Scotland . H e lik es readi ng bo oks and goi ng 14 ~Villia lll talks to 01/(' or tll'O of thegirls. to the cine ma. H e lik es anim als, and he hJS J dog. T he clog's name is Widgeon. • Wi lliam is J yo u ng man , but o ne thy h e is goi ng to be King of En gland . H e kn ow s this, but h e does no t th ink about it J Il the tim e. William is J pri nce, but he is his m othe r's son. H e hJ S h er blu e eyes and fri en dl y sm ile. She WJS th e ' Peo ple 's Princess' . WilliJm is the ' People 's Pri nce ' .
  • 10. Pearson Education Limited Edinburgh Gne. Harlo ....; Essex CM20 2JE. England and As~onH("d Companies mroughout the world. ACTIVITIES Before you read 1 What do you know about Prince William? ISBN 0997 805749 a Who is his father? Fir<t published b Who was his mother? I99R This cdnion published 2006 2 Find these words in your dictionary: accident church divorce dog flower golf hospital king nanny operation palace prime minister prince princess prize queen reporter ski sport 13579108642 shoot Copyright ('J John Escort 1998 TypCiCC by Digital Type. London Set in 12/Hpt Bembo a Which are words for: people? buildings? an animal? Printed ITl Chnu SWTC /Ol b Which do people do at weekends and in holidays? All rights '(lm/ltd; ne Aller you read 3 Answer these questions about Prince William. a Where does he go on his first visit away from Britain? b Why does he get prizes? c Why does he go to hospital? d Why can't he be a policeman? e Where does he live now? 4 Talk about Prince William. What do you think? a Is it difficull to be a prince? Why (not)? b What does he like doing? Do you like these things? c Why do girls want to see him? Writing 5 You are William, at Ludgrove School. Write a letter to your mother. Answer these questions: Are you happy? Have you got any friends? What do you like doing? 6 You are a newspaper reporter. Write about Prince William's visit to Canada. ,,01./ IJ! thil puhlulltjtm mdJ'M rrprodwud. SlomJ '" 01 rrl1ll'l"'/ J"(flrm. or rrammltlrd III ,my f.'"" 01 by <lily rnt',lnJ, rftd,unJ(, mtt:h.",il:aJ.pnot«opymg, rtl:ordlllg 01 Mhtm-iu, u~lh,'uf Iht prlOT ,mtlt1l p(fflljlJicn of Ih. Pwblishn!, Published by Pc;U"Wn Educanon Lrrmted in associauon with Pengum Books led. both ccrnparncs bo:mg subsidiaries of PeOlI'SOn Plc Photograph Acknowled gcmcm s: Camera I'rea/Perer Abbery/LNS: 2;AJphOl/DOlve Chancellor: 5:AII Acnon/Paul Smith: 7: All Acnon/Mark Cutbhert: 8; Nunn Syndrcarion Led: 11: PA Ncws/n.ebecca Naden; 12: Alpha/Srcve Daniels: 15
  • 11. Penguin Readers Answer Key Prince William Answers to Book Activities 1 a Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales b Princess Diana, the Princess of Wales 2 a king, nanny, primeminister, prince, princess and queen are all words for people. church, hospital and palace are all words for buildings. dog is a word for an animal. b People play golf, shoot, ski and play sport at weekends and in holidays. 3 a Australia b Because he is good at swimming and shooting. And he is good at writing too. c Because his friend hits him on the head playing golf. d Because he is going to be king. 4 a Open answer b William likes driving, skiing, shooting and all country sports. He likes reading books and going to the cinema. / Open answers. c Because he is handsome and famous. 5-6 Open answers © Pearson Education Limited 2002 Published and distributed by Pearson Education