What do you notice about King Charles III’s accent?

After the last few days, I’m sure you have observed that King Charles III’s accent is not identical to his mother’s.

But to most of us they both seem to be speaking RP, the “posh” British accent that contrasts with cockney and with the Beatles’ accent and that of other working-class northerners.

Geoff Lindsey will set you straight. He certainly set me straight. In one short video he illustrates all the details of Charles’s accent, complete with everything necessary to help us understand: repetition, slowing speech down, phonetic transcriptions, and explanations. Since you’ve heard Elizabeth’s accent all your life, it will be wise to invest six minutes of your time comparing and contrasting it with the new king’s speech.

Categories: Linguistics