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Viernes, 21 de abril de 2006 - 15:43 GMT
La reina de Inglaterra cumple 80 años
La reina Isabel II de Gran Bretaña.
La reina Isabel II cumple 80 años el 21 de abril y lo celebrará oficialmente el 17 de junio.

Queen Elizabeth II started celebrations of her 80th birthday on Wednesday with a lunch for ninety-nine people exactly her age. The guests, who were all born on April 21, 1926, were invited to the Queen's London home, Buckingham Palace, after being chosen in a ballot. This report from Stephen Evans:

The hundred citizens, including the Queen, who are nearly octogenarians - her and her guests' eightieth birthdays don't actually fall till Friday - will gather for drinks in the picture gallery at Buckingham Palace followed by a lunch there together. On Friday, the Queen will have a less formal family dinner and a walk-about in front of crowds at Windsor Castle near London.

The celebrations are prompting reflection on Britain's system of constitutional monarchy where real power is wielded by elected politicians but a monarch who inherits the role is formally head of state.

Scandal and publicity have altered the role in recent years, shining an unforgiving light on what was for centuries a mystical, remote position. Despite the changes, there is no obvious appetite in Britain for any other form of government.

Stephen Evans, BBC

octogenarians
octogenarios

fall
En este caso, 'fall' significa que la fecha de su cumpleaños no 'cae' hasta el viernes

are prompting reflection
ha impulsado a reflexionar

wielded
ejercer (dónde se ejerce verdadero poder)

inherits
hereda

scandal
escándalo

altered
cambiado

shining an unforgiving light on
exponiendo sin transigencias

mystical
místico y espiritualmente simbólico

appetite
deseo



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