Her Majesty in ten quotes

25th November 1982. The Queen chats with children in the crowd waiting to greet her in a Wakefield pedestrain precinct.
25th November 1982. The Queen chats with children in the crowd waiting to greet her in a Wakefield pedestrain precinct.

As the Queen becomes the country’s longest reigning monarch today, we look back at her Her Majesty in quotes.

Can you guess who said them?

QUOTES

1. “[Princess Elizabeth] is a character. She has an air of authority and reflectiveness astonishing in an infant.”

2. “At the end the service got rather boring as it was all prayers.”

3. “I declare... that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.”

4. “The Queen carries a magnet when having clothes fitted… to comb the room for any stray pins and needles so the dogs don’t hurt their paws.”

5. “The Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance.”

6. “My Lord Mayor, when I was 21, I pledged my life to the service of our people and I asked for God’s help to make good that vow. Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green in judgement, I do not regret nor retract one word of it.”

7. “There are lessons to be drawn from her life and from the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death.”

8. “With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things we would wish had been done differently, or not at all.”

9. “She’ll want to hand over knowing she’s done everything she possibly could.”

10. “The true measure of all our actions is how long the good in them last… everything we do, we do for the young.”

ANSWERS

1. Winston Churchill describing 2 year-old Elizabeth in 1929

2. The Queen, aged 11, in an essay following her father’s Coronation

3. The Queen, in her speech on her 21st birthday, 1947

4. A Royal dressmaker, in Brian Hoey’s Pets by Royal Appointment

5. Prince Philip, 1997

6. The Queen, at Corporation of London lunch at the Guildhall to celebrate the Silver Jubilee, 1977

7. The Queen on Diana, Princess of Wales, from a live broadcast, 5th September 1997

8. The Queen, at the state banquet in Dublin Castle, 18th May 2011

9. The Duke of Cambridge speaking about the Queen, 2011

10. The Queen, on 70th Anniversary of D-Day, June 2014