Even royalty work hard
BY wangxingwei from 21st Century
Published 2017-05-17


When Prince Philip announced in early May that he is to retire this summer, many people may have wondered what exactly it is that the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will be retiring from.

While some may imagine the royal family spend their days inside Buckingham Palace drinking tea and eating cucumber sandwiches, it seems being a member of one of the world’s most famous families is harder than it appears.

Prince Philip himself carried out 110 royal engagements last year, according to the BBC. These kinds of events involve speaking at dinners or attending openings of new buildings, such as schools or hospitals.

The Queen also stays busy. According to The Independent, a normal day for her begins at 7:30 am. She briefly checks the national newspapers before going through the hundreds of letters she receives each day, replying to many of them personally. Her weeks are normally filled with meetings that take place all over the country.

The rest of the family do their duty, too.

“The Queen can’t be in two places at once, so she relies on the rest of the royal family to help fulfill engagements and connect with the public,” wrote Caroline Praderio of Business Insider.
“女王不能同时出现在两个地方,所以她需要依靠皇室家庭的其他成员来帮忙完成公务,并保持与公众的联系,”《商业内幕》的Caroline Praderio写道。

If there were a prize for busiest royal family member, the Queen’s only daughter, Princess Anne, would win it every year. According to the Daily Express, she carried out over 500 royal engagements in 2016 – more than Princes William and Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, combined.
如果有最忙碌王室成员奖的话,那么女王唯一的女儿,安妮公主每年都该获奖。据《每日快报》报道,她在2016年执行了超过500次王室公务 —— 比威廉王子、哈里王子还有凯特王妃三人加起来的次数还要多。

But Prince William may soon catch up to his hard-working aunt. At the moment, he works around 20 hours per week as a helicopter (直升飞机) pilot for an ambulance service, giving his salary to charity. However, he will quit this role in the summer to take over many of his grandfather’s duties.

“The increase in William’s engagements is to be expected. It should also be remembered that he is jugglinghis job as an air ambulance pilot, his charity work in which he is so active, and raising a family,” Richard Fitzwilliams, royal commentator, told the Daily Express.

Despite this, Prince William has a long way to go before he matches the status of Philip, who famously has “a reputation for being overly plain-speaking (直言不讳的),” as The New York Times put it.

But then it’s hard to picture the well-mannered (举止得体的) William saying, as his grandfather did when he opened a building in 1969, “I declare (宣布) this thing open, whatever it is.”

(Translator & Editor: Wang Xingwei AND Luo Sitian)
Royal  皇室的
Engagements  事宜
Relies on  依靠
Helicopter  直升飞机
Juggling  忙于应付
Plain-speaking  直言不讳的
Well-mannered  举止得体的
Declare  宣布