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Thank you for visiting the new QES website.  Do please take your time to have a good look around and see how the society may assist you and how you may take part in our activities.


Why not become a member of the society?

Just click here to find a membership form.



Please contact the president Dr Bernard Lamb on 020 8876 0505.


General enquiries

Please contact the president as above or
the secretary by
clicking here.

The Queen's English Society has a new secretary.  Ruth Hazeldine can be contacted by clicking here.


The Queen's English Society is neither a museum nor a preservation society.  These are but two of the myths promulgated by our detractors.  The 'anti' brigade are a strange group of people, often quite well educated themselves but appearing to be against others who strive to achieve.  They seemingly have no knowledge of why the QES exists or of what we seek to do.  They appear to think that we believe that anyone can simply freeze the language at a given time and leave it in that state indefinitely.


The myths will be dispelled by taking a quick look at the facts.  The society's constitution may also be viewed within this website.  The QES is by nature a prescriptive organisation because to adopt a wholly descriptive approach would render our existence meaningless.  Put very simply we refuse as a nation to adopt the word 'sidewalk' where there is already a perfectly good word - pavement – nicely settled in our language.