30 April 2011

Vocabulary In the News: One million throng London for royal wedding

One million well-wishers thronged the streets of London yesterday for the royal wedding turning the streets into a blanket of red, white and blue. They all turned out hoping to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds who exchanged their vows at Westminster Abbey.

A jubilant crowd waiting at the palace gates were treated to a public kiss on the lips, a break with royal protocol which states that royals are not allowed to kiss publically.
To the relief of the royal family, everything went off without a hitch.

a well-wisher – someone who shares your feelings or opinions and hopes that you will be successful

to throng – to gather in large, numerous crowds
a throng – a large crowd of people
a blanket – a thick layer of something, for example snow, fog or clouds that completely covers an area

to turn out – to go somewhere to be present at an event or take part in an activity
Synonym: to show up
to catch a glimpse – to see something or someone for a moment only

to exchange vows – a set of promises that people make to each other, for example during a wedding ceremony

jubilant (adj.) – extremely happy because something good has happened

to be treated to something – to have something special done for or given to you
to treat oneself/someone to something – to do something or to give something special to yourself or someone

a treat – something special you do or buy for yourself or someone else
to go off without a hitch – to happen successfully without any problems
Synonym: with flying colours (UK)/colors (US)

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