Queen Elizabeth II: The most memorable quotes

AFP news agency presents the most memorable quotes.

“You mean with everything?” – this is what the then Princess Elizabeth asked her nanny several times when she was told that her family was moving to Buckingham Palace after her father became king in 1936.

“I declare to all of you that my whole life, whether long or short, will be devoted to your service” – so Elizabeth, at the age of 21, declared to the Commonwealth of Nations during a radio broadcast from Cape Town.

“All my life and with all my heart I will try to be worthy of your trust” – from Queen Elizabeth II’s new radio broadcast to commemorate her coronation in 1953.

“When I was 21 years old, I pledged my life to the service of our people and asked God for help to fulfill this promise. Although I made that vow in the days of my green youth, when I was green in making decisions, I do not regret and do not take back a single word of this” – this is what the Queen said in 1977, commemorating the 25th anniversary of her reign.

“A time for words has become a time for action” – a call to world leaders to secure the world for future generations at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in 2021.

“What are you doing here?” is what the Queen reportedly said to burglar Michael Fagan when she found him in her bedroom at Buckingham Palace in 1982.

“I remember we were terrified that we might be recognized” – the Queen recalled in 1985 how she and her younger sister Margaret and a group of friends celebrated the end of the Second World War in a crowd in central London.

“1992 is not a year I will remember fondly. In the words of one (…) correspondent, it was an “annus horribilis” (terrible year). – from the Queen’s Christmas greeting the year her three children’s marriages failed and a huge fire broke out at Windsor Castle.

“No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her but felt they knew her will remember her. I, for one, think there are lessons to be learned from her life and from the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death.” – after receiving criticism for the too slow reaction to the death of Princess Diana in 1997, the queen addressed the public in a particularly unusual way – live broadcast on television.

“Nothing that can be said can take away the agony and pain of these moments. Grief is the price we pay for love” – the Queen’s condolences for the events of September 11, 2001.

“We should take solace in the fact that while we may still suffer, better days will return.” We will be with friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again” – said the queen during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in April 2020.

“He doesn’t take compliments lightly, but he’s been my strength and support all these years, and I owe him more than he’ll ever ask for, or anything we can imagine.”” – the Queen speaking of her husband Prince Philip in 1997, marking their golden wedding anniversary.

“Gratitude, respect and pride – these words sum up how I feel about this country and the people of the Commonwealth and what I need this golden jubilee” – the Queen in 2002, commemorating her 50th anniversary on the throne.

“It’s not something I ever aspired to. Inevitably, you go through many stages in a long life, and mine is no exception.” – Elizabeth II on becoming the longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom in 2015.

“None of us will live forever” – that’s what the queen said while urging world leaders to prevent climate change in 2021.

“Less fancy? What do you think it is?’ – the queen’s response to Annie Leibovitz during a photo shoot in 2007 when a celebrity photographer suggested she take off her tiara.

“What, I’m still alive” – Elizabeth II’s response to Martin McGuinness, the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, when he asked how she was doing, during a meeting in 2016. Mr McGuinness was formerly a powerful member of the Irish Republican Army, which killed her cousin in 1979.

“Should we look like we’re enjoying ourselves?” – the Queen joked with G-7 leaders in Cornwall, south-west England, in 2021.

“Good evening Mr. Bond” – the Queen meets Daniel Craig at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012.

“I keep mine here” said Elizabeth II, taking a marmalade sandwich from her handbag as she drank tea with Paddington the teddy bear in celebration of the platinum jubilee of her reign in 2022.

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