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date: 21 July 2024

Elizabeth II 1926– 
British monarch, Queen of the United Kingdom from 1952 

  1. I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great Imperial family to which we all belong.
    broadcast speech, as Princess Elizabeth, to the Commonwealth from Cape Town, 21 April 1947
  2. I think everybody really will concede that on this, of all days, I should begin my speech with the words ‘My husband and I’.
    speech at Guildhall, London, on her 25th wedding anniversary
    in Times 21 November 1972
  3. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an ‘annus horribilis’.
    speech at Guildhall, London, 24 November 1992
  4. I for one believe that there are lessons to be drawn from her life and from the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death.
    broadcast from Buckingham Palace on the evening before the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, 5 September 1997
    in Times 6 September 1997
  5. As Groucho Marx once said, ‘Anyone can get old—all you have to do is to live long enough.’
    speech at her official 80th birthday lunch, 15 June 2006
  6. If these things were so large, how come everyone missed them?
    asking why economists didn't see the credit crunch coming
    on a visit to the London School of Economics, in Sunday Times 9 November 2008