the King's/Queen's English

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the King's English

The standard form of English, as spoken by educated people in England. We're friends now, so quit being so formal and speaking the King's English. As a professor, you really should speak the King's English.
See also: English

(The) Queen's English

"Official" British English. He can't even speak The Queen's English! Despicable!
See also: English

the ˌKing’s/ˌQueen’s ˈEnglish

(old-fashioned or humorous) (in Britain) correct standard English: I can’t understand a word you’re saying. Can’t you speak the Queen’s English?
See also: English
References in classic literature ?
I can talk the Queen's English (God bless the Queen
It is, perhaps, easy to understand why people are impressed by the Queen's English but quite why the Yorkshire accent is considered to show more intelligence than the Brummie accent is beyond me.
Throop said: "They love the Queen's English - the British accent.
They consulted with palace officials whose initial reaction was that the card would be in the Queen's English.
com)-- The Queen's English PR along with Redd Carpet Group of Philadelphia, PA and Champagne Life Bar will host Hearts for Handbags SipNShop Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Obsessed with speaKing and writing the Queen's English, she would thinK nothing of posting bacK to a mortified young woman her Kindly sent letter ringed with red underlining.
John Shibley and Thomas Pink of LSSU curate the "List of Words Banished From the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness.
No, not the Queen's English, then neither was Sarah Palin's "refudiate" but the meaning was readily understood, and isn't that the essence of communication.
Admittedly the Queen's English Society does not at present have the prestige of the Academie Francais - or even the OED - but a growing membership will increase its influence.
London, June 5 ( ANI ): The Queen's English society has announced that it will cease to exist at the end of this month as no one cares about speaking proper English language anymore.
To mark the Queen's 60-year reign, the company released the Queen's English, a new language module for the app.
No doubt there was a bit more to it than the swearing, and it is right for the Metropolitan Police to say that it is wrong for people to swear at the police, which it is, generally, but it is also daft to think that in the kind of highly charged, confrontational or emotional situations they often find themselves in, people are going to follow the correct rules of etiquette or be using the Queen's English.
Which ex-cabinet minister comically imitated the Queen's English in an election interview with us, saying he could "talk posh if he wanted, it's easy?
But I don't need some posh actress hectoring me and mine about the incorrect use of the Queen's English.
Hard to take this guy seriously when he has such trouble speaking the Queen's English.