By Emma Dooney
The Queen's English may be impeccable—and it looks like her French is pretty polished too.
- Queen Elizabeth can speak both English and French, having learned the latter as a child.
- Her Majesty's language skills are shared by several members of the Royal Family, including Prince William and Prince Philip.
- In other royal news, Prince William and Kate Middleton will celebrate two special occasions tomorrow after recent family sadness.
The Queen's native tongue is known to be flawless—and her French isn't too shabby either.
Her Majesty boasts the impressive title of Francophone, after learning to speak the language at an early age. She was most likely taught it by her childhood tutor and governess, Marion Crawford, and has gone on to use it in state speeches and private conversations alike.
Royal fans were impressed to hear her fluency during her address to the French senate in 2004, in which she showed off her strong pronunciation and natural delivery. Native speakers vouched for the Queen's strong command of their language, praising her rhythm and confidence.
Her Majesty is not the only member of the Royal Family who can change up their lingo. Prince William can also apparently converse in French, and even has a few words of Welsh and Spanish up his sleeve.
He is most proficient, however, in German, having likely absorbed his late grandfather's mastery of the language. Prince Philip spoke fluent German, a skill he picked up during his attendance at an elite primary school in Baden-Württemberg.
Not all members of the family are bilingual though. Prince Harry is not able to speak another language, despite having taken French lessons at school. He admitted he has 'forgotten' most of his linguistic education on a visit to a school three years ago, and hasn't had the opportunity to pick it back up since.
He does, however, appear to be interested in foreign languages and cultures. On his 2018 trip to New Zealand with Meghan Markle, the Duke of Sussex gave a speech in six different languages. The audience was impressed to hear him use Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Niuean, Cook Islands Maori, and Maori - none of which he had spoken before. "I apologize if my accent wasn’t any good,” he said once the speech had finished.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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