For nearly 100 years the English Speaking Union (ESU) has been promoting international friendship and understanding through the use of the English language.
Initially based in London, it now has over 60 branches worldwide. As part of its work it runs many educational and cultural programmes.
The ESU is a charity established by Royal Charter with Her Majesty the Queen as Patron. The former President of the ESU, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh (1957‑2012) was succeeded by HRH Princess Anne.
One of the Chairmen of the English-Speaking Union was Sir Winston Churchill.
The ESU’s current Chairman is Lord Paul Boateng. 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,
the Patron of the English-Speaking
Sir Winston Churchill:
“I wish the English-Speaking Union
all success in its task of strengthening
further bonds that unite the English speaking
The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
“I believe the English-Speaking Union is
making a very important contribution to
global peace and understanding by helping
people across the world to communicate
in a common language.
HRH Princess Anne
President of the ESU since 2012