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- "Whatever would American tourists think?"
- Admonishing a group of London teenagers she saw throwing stones at a car.
- "Is it just me or are pensioners getting younger these days?"
- To a group of pensioners. (At age 90)
- "Is that wise, darling? Remember you have to reign all afternoon."
- To the Queen, who was contemplating having a second glass of wine at lunch.
- "Quite, quite good. Very, very, very, very, very good, indeed!"
- About something, maybe a movie or a glass of beer. I forget.
- "I hadn't realised I enjoyed that reputation. But as I do, perhaps you could make it a large one."
- To her host who blurted out "I hear you like gin" during an engagement at which she was supposed to be offered a cup of tea.
- "The chopper has changed my life as conclusively as it did Anne Boleyn's."
- To a pilot after having decided that helicopters were a useful convenience.
- "Oh, I understand that perfectly. That's how we feel in Scotland too, but the English won't allow it."
- On a 1947 tour of South Africa, in reply to an Afrikaner who said "I don't think much of royalty. I think South Africa ought to be a republic."
- Canadian veteran: Are you Scotch or English?
Elizabeth: I'm Canadian!
- "I wouldn't if I were you, Noel; they count them before they put them out."
- To Noel Coward, when he showed interest in the guardsmen at a gala function.
- "When one of you young queens has finished, can you bring this old queen a drink?"
- To her largely homosexual personal staff
- "Not very romantic."
- "Who are you supposed to be, dear? Are you Daddy or the Mad Hatter?"
- To her daughter, Princess Margaret Rose. The reply was "No, I'm Johnnie Walker."
- "I'll polish it off myself."
- On the fate of a gift of a nebuchadnezzar of champagne (20 bottles worth) even if her family didn't come for the holidays.
- "The princesses could not possibly leave without me; I wouldn't leave the King, and the King will never leave under any circumstances."
- After being asked to go to Canada for her safety during the Blitz
- "I am almost glad we have been bombed. Now I feel I can look the East End in the face."
- "The only other man who has ever done that to me was my husband."
- After U.S. President Jimmy Carter greeted her with a kiss on the lips.
Quotes about Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (unsourced)Edit
- If [Winston] Churchill is the man in Europe I must fear most, then surely she is the woman I have most to fear of in Europe.
- Adolf Hitler (attributed)
- [She should be] Hung, drawn and...quartered...hung in diamonds, drawn in a coach, and...quartered in the best house in the land.
- A British serviceman, in her autograph book, for her service caring for wounded soldiers