Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

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Elizabeth II in 2007

Elizabeth II (born 1926) is the current queen of the United Kingdom. She is the oldest monarch to sit on the English throne. Her reign has seen a number of social and political changes which Elizabeth II often realises and adapts to.

Sourced quotes

  • "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."[1]
Simple: I say to you that my whole life, whether it will be long or short, shall be dedicated to your service and the service of our great Imperial family to which we are all a part of.
About the quote: Princess Elizabeth speaking to the Commonwealth at Cape Town in 1947.
  • "I think everybody really will concede that on this, of all days, I should begin my speech with the words ‘My husband and I’."[2]
Simple: I think everyone will accept that on this, of all days, I should begin my speech with the words ‘My husband and I’.
About the quote: Speaking at the Guildhall on her 25th wedding anniversary.
  • "In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an ‘annus horribilis’."[3] Cscr-featured.svg   
Simple: In the words of one of my more understanding friends, it has turned out to be a horrible year.
About the quote: Speaking about the year 1992, stained by family breakups and a fire at Windsor Castle.
  • "I for one believe that there are lessons to be drawn from her life and from the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death."[4]
Simple: I for one believe that there are lessons to be learnt from her life and from the outstanding and moving response to her death.
About the quote: Speaking to the country about the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
  • "I sometimes sense the world is changing almost too fast for its inhabitants, at least for us older ones."[5]
Simple: I sometimes feel the world is changing almost too fast for its people, at least for us older people.
About the quote: On a tour of Pakistan, October 8, 1997.
  • "Please don't be too effusive."[5]
Simple: Please do not be too emotional.
About the quote: To the Prime Minister, about the speech he was going to give celebrating Elizabeth's 50th wedding anniversary.
  • "Think what we would have missed if we had never...used a mobile phone or surfed the Net—or, to be honest, listened to other people talking about surfing the Net."[5]
Simple: Think what we would have missed if we had never...used a mobile phone or searched the internet—or, to be honest, listened to other people talking about searching the internet.
About the quote: Looking back on developments in technology over the past 50 years.
  • "I thank you also from the bottom of my heart for the love you gave her during her life and the honour you now give her in death."[5]
Simple: I thank you deeply for the love you gave her during her life and the honour you now give her now she has died.
About the quote: Address to the nation following the death of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, April 8, 2002.

Notes

  1. "Camilla eases Charles' fears that he will never be King". Times Online (February 12, 2005). Retrieved on November 21
  2. "My husband and I". Phrases.org (November 1972). Retrieved on November 21
  3. "Press releases and speeches". Official website of the British monarchy (November 24, 1992). Retrieved on November 21
  4. "Queen Broadcasts Live to Nation". BBC (September 9, 1997). Retrieved on November 21
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Elizabeth II" The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Ed. Elizabeth Knowles. Oxford University Press, 2004. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Accessed on 21 November 2008

References

  • "Elizabeth II" The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Ed. Elizabeth Knowles. Oxford University Press, 2004. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Accessed on 21 November 2008

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