Queen Elizabeth's most memorable quotes
As the constitutional monarch of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms, Queen Elizabeth II was expected to remain above party politics and choose her words carefully. When she did speak, however, the world listened. As the world continues to mourn her death at the age of 96, we take a look back at some of Queen Elizabeth’s most significant quotes—from bon mots captured in casual conversations to rousing speeches delivered on the global stage.
Quotes from the young Princess Elizabeth
“I’ve got a baby sister, Margaret Rose, and I’m going to call her Bud… She’s not a real Rose yet, is she? She’s only a bud.” – Four-year-old Princess Elizabeth to Lady Cynthia Asquith on the birth of Princess Margaret Rose in 1930.
The vivacious Princess Margaret and her more reserved elder sister, the future Queen Elizabeth II, had very different personalities, but they remained close until Margaret’s death in 2002.
“I mostly go once or twice around the park before I go to sleep, you know… It exercises my horses.” – Six-year-old Princess Elizabeth to her governess Marion Crawford in 1932.
The future Queen loved horses and dogs from an early age. In her memoir, The Little Princesses, Princess Elizabeth’s Scottish governess recalled how when she first met the future Queen, she was playing with her toy horses.