In a kind of way, The Royal Family have become teachers!
Teachers of accent: they teach the English nation that speaking a little more formally makes you sound more educated.
The voice of the queen addressing the nation every Christmas time, becomes the first long-lasting memorable, childhood influence, of how important accent is within the English and British culture.
It gives you an oratorical superiority which, we could say, leads to a slight social class divide. It symbolises a higher position in society.
It teaches people that your voice, and the way you speak, defines you as a person!
Your voice, and the way you speak, defines who you are!
In other words, you could be a man “dressed in rags”, with no money in your pockets. But, when you open your mouth, your voice and the way you speak, will carry you through ….. and give you your place in society!
People link accent to education – “If you speak in a certain way, you sound more educated”.
It happens subconsciously: the voice of the royal family becomes a sort of benchmark in English and British culture of how to speak “proper English”, pronouncing the words properly, with a good, nice sounding accent.
As I mentioned earlier, you could be a man “dressed in rags”, with no money in your pockets. But, when you open your mouth, your voice and the way you speak, will carry you through ….. and give you your place in society!
The Royal Family Accent – Received Pronunciation, Wikipedia:
The English Accent Tutor: YouTube Channel: