Factbox: Notable Quotes from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, who celebrates her platinum jubilee in June, has never given an interview during her 70-year reign, but her regular public speeches sometimes give a glimpse of his private thoughts. Read more

Here is a selection of excerpts from speeches, addresses and contributions to documentaries given by the Queen:

“It is inevitable that for many of you I will be a rather distant figure, a successor to the kings and queens of history.

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“I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice. But I can do other things. I can give you my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.”

– First Christmas TV show in 1957.

“When peace comes, remember that it will be up to us, the children of today, to make the world of tomorrow a better and happier place. My sister is by my side and we will both tell you good evening. Come on, Margaret. Good night, children. Good night and good luck to all.”

– War broadcast with his younger sister, Princess Margaret, October 13, 1940.

“We cheered on the King and Queen on the balcony and then we walked for miles through the streets. I remember lines of strangers linking their arms and walking through Whitehall, we all washed away a tide of happiness and happiness. relief.

“I think it was one of the most memorable nights of my life.”

– Speaking to the BBC in 1985 about attending the VE Day street celebrations in London in May 1945.

“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether long or short, will be devoted to your service and to the service of our great Imperial family to which we all belong.”

– Speech on the occasion of his 21st birthday, April 21, 1947, broadcast on Cape Town radio.

“The ceremonies you have seen today are ancient, and some of their origins are veiled in the mists of the past. But their spirit and meaning shines through the ages never, perhaps, more brilliantly than today. today.

“I am sincerely committed to your service, as so many of you are committed to mine. Throughout my life and with all my heart, I will strive to be worthy of your trust.”

– Speech on the day of his coronation, June 2, 1953.

“Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, brash and temperamental youngsters and disagreements.”

– Address to Heads of State on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, October 1989.

“1992 is not a year I will look back on with unmitigated pleasure. In the words of one of my friendliest correspondents, it turned out to be an ‘annus horribilis’.”

– Speech in the City of London, November 1992 after a fire at Windsor Castle and the breakdown of the marriages of three of his children.

“What I tell you now, as Queen and as Grandmother, I say from the bottom of my heart…No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never have never met, but felt they knew her, will remember her.

“For my part, I believe there are lessons to be learned from his life and the extraordinary and moving response to his death. I share your determination to cherish his memory.”

– Television address following the death of Princess Diana in a car accident in Paris, September 1997.

“He’s someone who doesn’t take compliments easily, but he’s just been my strength and my strength all these years, and me, and all his family, and this country and many more, him owe a greater debt than he will ever claim, or we will never know.”

– Tribute to her husband, Prince Philip, during a speech on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary in London, November 20, 1997.

“For I know that, despite the enormous constitutional difference between a hereditary monarchy and an elected government, in reality the chasm is not so wide…And each, in its own different way, exists only with the support and the consent of the people.

“That consent, or lack thereof, is expressed for you, Prime Minister, through the ballot box. It’s a harsh, even brutal system, but at least the message is clear to all. For us, a royal family, however, the message is often harder to read, obscured as it may be by deference, rhetoric, or conflicting currents of public opinion.

“But we have to read it.”

– Speech of November 20, 1997 at Banqueting House in London.

“Reflecting on these events makes me grateful for the blessings of home and family, and especially for 70 years of marriage. I don’t know if anyone had coined the term ‘platinum’ for a 70th wedding anniversary when I was born. We didn’t expect to stay this long.

“Even Prince Philip decided it was time to slow down a bit – having, as he put it economically, ‘done his part’.”

– Christmas broadcast in 2017.

“While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time we join all nations of the world in a common effort, using great advances in science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and that success will belong to each of us.

“We should be reassured that even though we have more to endure, better days will come: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

– Television address of April 5, 2020, after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Although it is a time of great happiness and good spirits for many, Christmas can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones. This year, in particular, I understand why.

But for me, in the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have taken great comfort in the warmth and affection of the many tributes paid to his life and work – from across the country , the Commonwealth and the world.

“His sense of service, his intellectual curiosity and his ability to make fun of any situation were all irrepressible. That mischievous, curious spark was as bright at the end as when I first saw him.”

– Christmas broadcast 2021

“As we celebrate this anniversary, it is my pleasure to renew to you the promise I made in 1947 that my life will always be devoted to your service.”

“And as I look forward to continuing to serve you with all my heart, I hope this Jubilee will bring together families and friends, neighbors and communities – after difficult times for so many of us – to enjoy the celebrations and reflect on the positive developments in our daily lives that have so happily coincided with my reign.”

– Message of February 6, 2022 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of his accession to the throne.

(Source: www.royal.gov.uk, Reuters archive)

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