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Old 04-16-2006, 02:25 PM
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which languages do they speak...

First of all, I would like to say hello to everybody because I'm
new here...I'm french, I'm 21

Anyway I would like to know which langages o Harry and William speak (appart from english of course)?
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Old 04-16-2006, 03:43 PM
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Harry and William both have background in Spanish, French, and Latin. Beatrice and Eugenie both have background in French, and probably at least Latin. William has been attempting to teach himself Swahilli for several years.
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Old 04-16-2006, 05:19 PM
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When did Harry take Spanish lessons? He definitely had Latin and French because Eton requires them. But I've never read anything about him having Spanish lessons.

Beatrice definitely had French because her school requires it. Eugenie probably took it though her school offers other languages. There's no reason to believe either Beatrice or Eugenie took Latin. Neither of their schools (St George's and Marlborough) require it.
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Old 04-16-2006, 10:19 PM
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Well i did read some where that PW and PH took Spanish in Eton. Also the Queen speaks French fluently.
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Old 04-17-2006, 08:36 AM
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I, too, had thought I read that Harry took Spanish but now can't seem to find it- so, it's probable that he didn't take Spanish.

I said 'probably' with Beatrice and Eugenie because it's a fairly common language- but since I don't recall reading about it, I just left it at 'probably'.
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Old 04-18-2006, 06:05 PM
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I remember reading that Williams passed his A Levels (or whatever you call it) for Spanish. But I hadn't heard that Harry took Spanish.
Wasn't William trying to learn a little Welsh too?
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Old 04-18-2006, 08:06 PM
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Beatrice would have taken latin as its part of the classes the take in the 2nd year and up there(st.george's, ascot).
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Old 04-18-2006, 08:19 PM
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According to this site William's passed three A levels.

http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/prin...r_alevels.html

These were History of Art, Geography and Biology.

He also passed 12 GSCE's including 'languages' but I couldn't find any list of which languages - I do remember reading that Latin was one.

As he didn't continue with any language into his last two years of schooling the question would need to be raised about how thoroughly he knows the 'languages' he did pass for the GCSEs.

Princess Beatrice passed French as one of her GCSEs.
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Old 04-21-2006, 06:09 PM
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According to this site William's passed three A levels...
Thanks for clarifying Chrissy. I'm not that familiar with the British grading system. I thought Spanish was one of the A Levels. But I did read that he took some Spanish. It's a shame they don't list the languages.
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Old 04-21-2006, 06:34 PM
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Thanks for clarifying Chrissy. I'm not that familiar with the British grading system. I thought Spanish was one of the A Levels. But I did read that he took some Spanish. It's a shame they don't list the languages.
I went looking a bit further and came up with the following site:

http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/prin...8_15_eton.html

According to this information his GSCEs were in

French, Latin, Biology, English, English Literature, Geography, History, Spanish, Maths and Additional French. The Prince also studied Divinity, Chemistry and Physics, along with courses in Art, Music and Design, as well as PE.

He received different grades with the first three getting the highest grade - an A with an *, the next few getting an A (which is where your confusion I suspects comes as he got an A in Spanish in his GSCEs but then didn't continue with the subject). He got B's in the last two.
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Old 04-24-2006, 07:43 PM
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Oh, it looks like he studied more French than anything. I don't know why I didn't remember the French. Hm. :o
Anyway, yeah, I must've read that he got an 'A' in Spanish and that's where the confusion came from.
He had an impressive curriculum.
Thanks again Chrissy.
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What languages do the British Royals know?

I couldn't find a thread to put this in so I started one.

I was wondering how many different languages the royal family can speak? And who can speak them?
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Old 08-18-2006, 12:56 PM
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I know The Queen speaks french
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Old 08-18-2006, 02:38 PM
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French is spoken by EIIR, Philip, Charles, William, Harry, Anne, Andrew, Beatrice, Eugenie, Edward, Richard, Edward Kent, Alexandra and Michael (almost, if not, all the born British royals have learned French either through tutors or at school, though their fluency in the language varies)

German is spoken by Philip and Marie-Christine (and possibly Birgitte, seeing as she's Danish) -- EIIR, despite rumors, does not speak it

Danish is spoken by Birgitte

Philip speaks what his cousin termed "kitchen Greek"

Charles speaks a smattering of Welsh (he was sent to Aberstwyth U in Wales to learn a little for a semester before his investiture). Charles speaks at least one sentence of Cornish (due to a tradition requiring Dukes of Cornwall to say some ritual sentence upon being presented with some ritual tribute).

Anyone who went to Eton learned Latin because it's mandatory.
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I Didnt even Know Cornish was a language
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Cornish is one of the old languages in the same family as Welsh and Gaelic; it's not commonly spoken at all these days, though.
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Prince Michael speaks Russian or Polish or both, doesn't he?
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I think he speaks Russian, because he has a lot of business contacts in Russia and travels there frequently.
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Old 08-19-2006, 02:18 AM
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Facts About The Queen.

The Queen speaks fluent French and often uses the language for Audiences and State Visits. Her Majesty does not require an interpreter.
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Old 08-19-2006, 02:21 AM
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I think he speaks Russian, because he has a lot of business contacts in Russia and travels there frequently.
Prince Michael learnt Russian in the 1960's when in the army. He became fluent enough to work as an army interpreter.
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