Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

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Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II (born April 21 1926) is Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. Head of the Commonwealth. Supreme Governor of the Church of England; Daughter of George VI of the United Kingdom and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.


  • Grief is the price we pay for love.
    • In a letter read at the memorial for British victims of the 9/11 attacks held in New York.
  • They all need to be reassured that there is so much to be gained by reaching out to others; that diversity is indeed a strength and not a threat.
  • I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and to the service of our great Imperial Family to which we all belong.
    • As Princess Elizabeth, during her twenty-first birthday speech
  • 1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an 'Annus Horribilis'.
  • I do hope you can see me today.
    • Opening a speech to the U.S Congress on May 16, 1991, the day after giving a speech where the podium was too high for her to see over. This comment generated gales of laughter and a standing ovation. [1]
  • Oh, dear, I hope it wasn't anyone important.
  • I have a feeling that, in the end, probably, training is the answer to a great many things. You can do a lot if you're properly trained.
    • Spoken in voice-over interview for the BBC's 1992 documentary Elizabeth R.
  • We are a moderate, pragmatic people, more comfortable with practice than theory.
    • Speech in reply to Addresses from both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall, in the year of Her Golden Jubilee, 30 April 2002.


  • My Golden Jubilee!
    • Said in response to Tony Blair who mentioned "the Golden Jubilee".
  • I'm so glad we've got the yacht with us this time. The last time we came here we had to stay in a guest house.
  • Actually, Captain, I think it's me they've come to see.
    • When an escort commander blocked the crowd's view of the State Carriage.
  • Bloody 'ell ma'am, what's 'e doin' in 'ere?
  • For goodness sake, get a bloody move on!
    • To the policemen who came to arrest Fagan (who adjusted their ties on seeing her before making the arrest)
  • "What's that?" "It's a cow's vagina, ma'am" "Ask a silly question!"
  • How very assuring!
    • In reply to a shopkeeper who said "You look awfully like the Queen."
  • None of my Governments seem to know what to do about them.
    • About economic recessions
  • Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas?

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