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Quotations From ELIZABETH II

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  • 1.
    These wretched babies don't come until they are ready.
    Elizabeth II (b. 1926), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Quoted in Today (London, August 4, 1988). Said of the expected birth of her fifth grandchild and the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York. A girl, Beatrice, was born five days later.
  • 2.
    I said, "That was a very brave thing to do." He said, "Och, it was just the training." I have a feeling that, in the end, probably that is the answer to a great many things.
    Elizabeth II (b. 1926), British monarch. As quoted in Time magazine, p. 58 (November 30, 1992). On giving an award to a soldier.
  • 3.
    Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.
    Elizabeth II (b. 1926), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. quoted in Daily Mail (London, Oct. 19, 1989).

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  • 4.
    1992 is not a year I shall look back on with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an Annus Horribilis.
    Elizabeth II (b. 1926), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. speech, Nov. 24, 1992, Guildhall, London. quoted in Times (London, Nov. 25, 1992). The Queen's reference to John Dryden's long poem, Annus Mirabilis (1667), was lost on much of the nation, producing headlines such as "Queen's Bum Year" in the tabloid press. Dryden had described the events of 1666 a "year of marvels" which included the Great Fire of London; a few days before the Queen's speech, which commemmorated her 40 years on the throne, a fire had gutted some of the State Apartments in Windsor Castle. Other personal disasters included the separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales, and a fierce press campaign against the royal family.
  • 5.
    It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained.
    Elizabeth II (b. 1926), British monarch, Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. television documentary, BBC1, Feb. 6, 1992.
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