Talk:Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

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What is a "CBE"?

It means a Commander of the British Empire. It's an honour granted by the Queen which is higher than Officer of the British Empire and Member of the British Empire but is lower than the title of Knight (Sir) or Dame.


"My husband and i"
Famous line said in many of her speeches".

It has been suggested this is a "famous line" from "many of her speeches." Since I'm from the US, I haven't heard many of her speeches; is this really a notable line? -- Essjay 08:27, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Yes, "My husband and I" is a classic Liz quote, although not a particularly insightful one. It is, however, the stock phrase used by every imitator of her (along with mimicking the trademark plummy-but-nasal voice.) In the Guildhall speech referred to in 'Annus Horribilis' she actually says " Prince Philip and me...", but that's because she and Phil together are the object of the sentence.
In fact the view out there seems to be that she avoids using it because she knows it's seen as her catchphrase. -- Rupert Clayton 29 June 2005 14:05 (UTC)


  • Actually, Captain, I think it's me they've come to see.
    • When an escort commander blocked the crowd's view of the State Carriage
  • Atrocities such as these simply reinforce our sense of community, our humanity, and our trust in the rule of law.
    • After the London bombings
  • "Bloody 'ell ma'am, what's 'e doin' in 'ere?"
    • Imitation of the chambermaid who found Michael Fagan in the state bedroom
  • Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas?
  • For goodness sake, get a bloody move on!
    • To the policemen who came to arrest Fagan (who adjusted their ties on seeing her before making the arrest)
  • Grief is the price we pay for love.
    • In a letter read at the memorial for British victims of the 9/11 attacks held in New York
  • How very assuring!
    • In reply to a shopkeeper who said "You look awfully like the Queen"
  • I cannot lead you into battle, I do not give you laws or administer justice, but I can do something else, I can give you my heart.
  • I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and to the service of our great Imperial Family to which we all belong.
    • As Princess Elizabeth, during her twenty-first birthday speech
  • I do hope you can see me today.
    • Opening a speech to the U.S Congress on May 16, 1991, the day after giving a speech where the podium was too high for her to see over
  • I have a feeling that, in the end, probably, training is the answer to a great many things. You can do a lot if you're properly trained.
    • Spoken in voice-over interview for the BBC's 1992 documentary Elizabeth R
  • I'm so glad we've got the yacht with us this time. The last time we came here we had to stay in a guest house.
  • My Golden Jubilee!
    • Said in response to Tony Blair who mentioned "the Golden Jubilee"
  • None of my Governments seem to know what to do about them.
    • About economic recessions
  • They all need to be reassured that there is so much to be gained by reaching out to others; that diversity is indeed a strength and not a threat.
    • A plea for increased tolerance and understanding in her Christmas Day Broadcast, 2004
  • "What's that?" "It's a cow's vagina, ma'am" "Ask a silly question!"


Why is this page protected? I wanted to edit the description box below the picure because its wrong The C of E 06:05, 15 May 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Annus Horribilis[edit]

It might be mentioned that this is a reference to 'Annus Mirabilis', 1759, a rather big year in British history. I also apologise if I have done something wrong on this discussion page. I'm new to this Wiki thing and I should very much like someone to correct any error I might make. Thank you. 01:15, 11 February 2012 (UTC)[reply]

Isn't this meant to be balanced?[edit]

I've been reading a few of the wikiquote pages about various members of the Royal Family, and it seems that Christopher Hitchens always has a quote 'about' the various people or there is generally a negative quote. That's fair enough, but surely you can see the one-sidedness of using only Hitchens articles or negative views. Perhaps it would be more fitting to add praise as well as criticism. Maybe I am rather cynical, but it does seem to me that the impartiality of this has dissipated. Sorry about not being logged in, but I've forgotten my stupid username :/

Royal Website[edit]

Are the quotes from the royal website considered to be advertising? I highly doubt it since a quote is good as long as the source is reliable, and I think we can assume that the Royal Website is reliable. However, if not, than those quotes need to be taken down since advertising excerpts lack notability according to Wikiquote policy. Just A Regular New Yorker (talk) 23:46, 11 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]