The Queen's English vs. Informal English

Learnt something interesting today, in the realm of British English, there exists a distinction between the so-called “Queen’s English” and more informal, everyday language. This post will provide a brief overview of these two styles of communication.

Queen’s English

The “Queen’s English,” or “Received Pronunciation,” is a form of English associated with the upper classes and traditional British culture. It’s characterized by:

  • Proper and standard grammar
  • Formal vocabulary
  • Precise pronunciation


  • “Would you be so kind as to pass the salt?”
  • “It’s of the utmost importance that we arrive punctually.”
  • “She resides in the countryside during the summer months.”

Informal English

Contrastingly, informal English embraces a more casual and colloquial tone. This style is often used in daily conversations and is characterized by:

  • Relaxed grammar
  • Everyday vocabulary
  • Familiar expressions


  • “Can you pass the salt?”
  • “We really need to be on time.”
  • “She lives in the country during the summer.”

While the Queen’s English has long been considered the standard form, reflecting prestige and authority, informal English plays an equally important role in the rich tapestry of British communication. Both styles have their place and can be used effectively depending on the context and audience.