четверг, 28 апреля 2011 г.

106b. People of England: King George VI

George VI was King of the UK and its Dominions from December 11, 1936 until his death in 1952. Being the second son of King George V, he was not considered immediate heir to the throne. His elder brother, Edward VIII, was expected to continue dynasty, but abdicated the throne to marry Ms. Wallis Simpson, an American, twice divorced, of very obscure past and no royal descent. Despite the counsel from the family against this marriage, Edward made a resolute decision to pursue Wallis Simpson rather than the throne, leaving his brother, George, in charge of all the country's affairs.

King George VI showed incredible strength and charisma as he ruled the country throughout World War II. His speeches expressed enthusiasm and encouragement, and at the pinnacle of his reign few people could suspect that the King used to have severe speech impediment, and his stammer used to make people restless and discontented. At the age of 30 His Royal Highness (then still the Duke of York) began seeing Lionel Logue, an Australian-born speech therapist who helped him overcome his culprit and become eloquent. Lionel Logue's grandson, Mark Logue, and Peter Conradi wrote a book about the friendship between the Australian-born speech therapist and the Duke of York entitled The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy. The story was later developed into a historical drama movie The King's Speech that won 4 Academy Awards in 2011, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Colin Firth.

Watch the trailer of this movie and complete the assignments below.