Talk:Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

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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."
About her honeymoon, spent at Glamis Castle suffering from whooping cough.
  • "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."
After Buckingham Palace was bombed. The East End of London had been badly damaged by bombing.
  • "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