Queen Elizabeth II has been the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom since 1952. In that time, she has amassed a wealth of wisdom and wit, which she has shared with her subjects in speeches and interviews over the years. Sadly, on September 8, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96.
As the longest reigning British Monarch in history, Queen Elizabeth II has truly been a servant to her people. Over the course of her reign, she has witnessed world-changing events such as the end of World War II and the election of the first U.S. black president. We will take a look at some of the most memorable quotes by Queen Elizabeth II and celebrate her amazing life as a kind-hearted queen.
Enjoy these memorable quotes by Queen Elizabeth II…
1) “You’ve all seen pictures of the earth taken from space. Unlike all the other planets in the solar system, earth shimmers green and blue in the sunlight and looks a very pleasant place to live.”
2) “I have to be seen to be believed.”
3) “The Bible tells how a star appeared in the sky, its light guiding the shepherds and wise men to the scene of Jesus’s birth. Let the light of Christmas – the spirit of selflessness, love and above all hope – guide us in the times ahead.”
4) “Children teach us all a lesson – just as the Christmas story does – that in the birth of a child, there is a new dawn with endless potential.”
5) “When it comes to how to mark seventy years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee. While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.”
6) “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.”
7) “Grief is the price we pay for love.”
8) “It has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the harsh progress of mankind.”
9) “I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.”
“I can give you my heart and my devotion…”
10) “I cannot lead you into battle, I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else, I can give you my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.”
11) “If I am asked what I think about family life after 25 years of marriage, I can answer with equal simplicity and conviction, I am for it.”
12) “In remembering the appalling suffering of war on both sides, we recognize how precious is the peace we have built in Europe since 1945.”
13) “It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult.”
14) “I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”
15) “When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.”
16) “Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.”
17) “My husband has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years, and I owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim.”
18) “None of us can slow the passage of time; and while we often focus on all that has changed in the intervening years, much remains unchanged, including the Gospel of Christ and his teachings.”
19) “Often a child’s helplessness and vulnerability bring out the best in us.”
Quotes by Queen Elizabeth II about her husband, Prince Philip.
20) “Prince Philip is, I believe, well-known for declining compliments of any kind. But throughout he has been a constant strength and guide.”
21) “Religion and culture are much in the news these days, usually as sources of difference and conflict, rather than for bringing people together. But the irony is that every religion has something to say about tolerance and respecting others.”
22) “Right around the world, people gather to compete under standard rules and, in most cases, in a spirit of friendly rivalry. Competitors know that, to succeed, they must respect their opponents; very often, they like each other too.”
23) “Since last Sunday’s dreadful news we have seen, throughout Britain and around the world, an overwhelming expression of sadness at Diana’s death. We have all been trying in our different ways to cope. It is not easy to express a sense of loss, since the initial shock is often succeeded by a mixture of other feelings: disbelief, incomprehension, anger – and concern for those who remain. We have all felt those emotions in these last few days. So what I say to you now, as your Queen and as a grandmother, I say from my heart. First, I want to pay tribute to Diana myself. She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. I admired and respected her – for her energy and commitment to others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys.”
24) “The wartime generation-my generation-is resilient.”
25) “To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.”
26) “All too often, I fear, Prince Philip has had to listen to me speaking. Frequently we have discussed my intended speech beforehand and, as you will imagine, his views have been expressed in a forthright manner.”
27) “We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock.”
28) “When peace comes, remember it will be for us, the children of today, to make the world of tomorrow a better and happier place.”
29) “While we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”
The Queen on why she wears bright outfits to royal appearances.
30) “If I wore beige, nobody would know who I am.”
31) “It’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.”
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