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Our language experts have created a fun little treat for you to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee weekend – a limited edition version that allows you to text like Her Majesty.
We used our artificial intelligence software to analyse Queen Elizabeth II’s speeches to enable you to add a regal touch when you type. The English (Queen’s) language model is available to SwiftKey X and SwiftKey Tablet X users, as well as users of the new SwiftKey 3 Beta.
Our language research uncovered the most distinctive words and phrases used by the Monarch since ascending to the throne in 1952.
You can join us in celebrating the Jubilee by using the new Queen’s language setting for SwiftKey to type the most regal sentence you can think of – what do you believe the Monarch would write? On Twitter, use the hashtag #QueenTweet to tell @SwiftKey what the app predicts for you. Or, join the conversation on our Facebook page.
Here are our top three tips for how to sound like The Queen when you type:
“Recently there’s been a lot of focus on the King’s Speech, so we thought it was only fair to devote attention to Queen Elizabeth II, who has after all now reigned for 45 years longer than her father,” SwiftKey’s Head of Language, Dr. Caroline Gasperin explained.
“The research we conducted meant combing through the words the Queen has used in her speeches and building a personalised language model. Our software learns how individuals type over time, which means it can accurately predict what they’re likely to say next. Interestingly, the most common 20 phrases used by The Queen do not match the phrases most used by the general public. To celebrate the Jubilee weekend, our new Queen’s English language model can help you adopt her distinctive tone.”
The top 10 most used word sequences across Her Majesty’s digitised archives reveal her favourite topics are her husband Prince Philip, her Government and her subjects.
The Queen’s language also reveals that she has an optimistic frame of mind with “confident”, “delighted”, “glad” and “pleased” uttered 125 times more than her famous “annus horribilis”, expressed just once in her 1992 address following the Windsor Castle fire and revelations about her sons’ private lives.
You, our users, have saved 60 billion keystrokes in total since we launched – and it seems Her Majesty could also benefit, saving 46 per cent of her keystrokes if she’d used the standard English setting on our app when she wrote her speeches.
Happy typing this Jubilee weekend from all at SwiftKey!
PS Rest assured, creating this language model did not detract from the time spent developing the other products and services we produce.
Update Our CTO Dr Ben Medlock has been invited onto the BBC World Service to talk about our Queen’s English language model – you can listen to it here.
Here’s how to find the Queen’s English language model: