Most Britons do not like the sound of their own voices – and would like to sound like the Queen if given the chance to change the way they talk, a survey has shown.
And after the Queen’s, the accent most would like to have is Irish followed by Scottish.
Overall the Queen’s English is the most popular accent in Great Britain.
The poll of more than 2,000 Britons by voice-to-content company SpinVox revealed that 73% of people did not like the way their voices sounded.
SpinVox linguistic expert Tony Robinson said: “It seems Britain is being gripped by an epidemic of accent envy and accent self loathing.
“After decades where dialect diversity has been celebrated, the majority of Britons now aspire to received pronunciation – and to share the sound of their voice not only with The Queen but with celebrities like Liz Hurley and Hugh Grant.”