Queen Elizabeth II was one of the most famous people on earth.
Here are some of her most memorable quotes.
– “Salad Day” –
“Do you mean forever?”
— What then-Princess Elizabeth reportedly asked her nanny when she was told the family was moving to Buckingham Palace after her father became king in 1936.
“I declare before you that I will dedicate my whole life to your service, long or short.”
— 21-year-old radio broadcast from Cape Town dedicates himself to Commonwealth service.
“Throughout my life, I will strive to be worthy of your trust with all my heart.”
— The new Queen Elizabeth II speaks on a radio broadcast to mark her coronation in 1953.
“At the age of 21, I pledged my life to serve others, and sought God’s help to fulfill that pledge. I was confident in my decision, but I have no regrets.
— In a speech marking the 25th anniversary of her accession to the throne in 1977, she reaffirmed her lifelong commitment to this work.
“The time for words has now passed to the time for action.”
— Encourage world leaders to leave a legacy for future generations at the 2021 United Nations Climate Summit.
– Royal Invasion –
“what are you doing here?”
— Queen’s reported reaction to finding Michael Fagan in her bedroom on July 9, 1982, according to the intruders themselves.
“I remember being afraid of recognition.”
— In a 1985 BBC interview, she recalls how she, her sister Margaret, and a group of friends celebrated the end of World War II with a crowd on the streets of central London.
– Troubled Times –
“1992 is not the year I look back on with pure joy.
— According to the Queen’s Christmas message, that year the three children’s marriages collapsed and Windsor Castle burned down.
“Anyone who knew Diana will never forget her. Millions of people who never met her but felt they knew her will remember her.” A moving response to her death.”
— Faced with public criticism for her slow response after the death of Princess Diana in a car crash in Paris in 1997, the Queen addresses the nation in a rare live television broadcast.
“Nothing can take away the anguish and pain of this moment. Grief is the price we pay for love.”
— A message from the Queen read at a service in New York after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“We may still have to endure, but we must console ourselves that better days will return. We will be with our friends again. I will be with my family again and we will meet again.”
— April 2020, at the height of the UK’s coronavirus lockdown, rallying the country in a rare televised address.
– Longevity and Dedication –
“He’s not someone who takes compliments easily, but simply, he’s my strength and has stayed with me all these years.
— Her husband Prince Philip the Queen in her 1997 golden wedding speech.
“Gratitude, respect, pride, these words sum up my feelings for the people of this country and Commonwealth, and what this Golden Jubilee means to me.”
— In 2002, on his 50th anniversary as monarch.
“Never before have I aspired. Inevitably, a long life can pass many milestones, and I am no exception.”
— On becoming Britain’s longest-reigning monarch on 9 September 2015.
“None of us can live forever.”
— The Queen acknowledged mortality while urging world leaders to stop global warming in her speech at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in October 2021.
– Quick-witted –
“Aren’t you dressy? What do you think this is?”
— Her reaction when celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz suggested she remove her tiara at a 2007 photo shoot.
“Well, I’m still alive.”
— Her response when asked how it was when she met Northern Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Martin McGuinness in 2016. was a senior officer.
“Can I look like I’m having fun?”
— Joking with G7 leaders in Cornwall, southwest England, in 2021.
– Cameo Appearance –
“Good evening, Mr. Bond.”
— The Queen greets Daniel Craig as James Bond in a spoofed sketch of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.
“Boom? Really please!”
— Responding to a lighthearted challenge from the Obamas in 2016 when their grandson, Prince Harry, launched the Invictus Games for wounded, disabled, sick and veterans.
“I’ll leave mine here.”
— In celebration of the 2022 Platinum Jubilee, you’re grabbing a marmalade sandwich from your handbag while having tea with Paddington Bear.