Sunday, June 8, 2014

Happy Birthday, Your Maj

Although Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, was born on 21 April 1926, her birthday is celebrated tomorrow in Oz and that means a public holiday. Not many people care about the cause for the holiday, or even know why it is a holiday. Celebrating it on the actual date would clash with Easter and Anzac Day, plus celebration in June allows an Honours List to be issued at 6 monthly intervals, there being another on New Year's Day. So Happy Birthday, Your Majesty, even if it is JAH, just another holiday.

Here are some quotes by Royalty to mark the day:

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Prince Andrew:

Her friends say she is very funny. At a family dinner, she stood to go, and the footman very properly pulled her chair away. At that moment I asked her a question and she sat down again, except there was no chair. Everyone, including the Queen, laughed and laughed.

I'm in a privileged position and I'm going to do my utmost to use that privileged position on behalf of the U.K., its citizens, its businesses and people.

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Princess Anne:

When I appear in public people expect me to neigh, grind my teeth, paw the ground and swish my tail - none of which is easy.

You are a pest, by the very nature of that camera in your hand.

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Lady Diana, Princess of Wales:

I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that, I want to do that.

I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions, their insecurities, people's distress, and their hopes and dreams.

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King George V:

My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.

Today 23 years ago dear Grandmama died. I wonder what she would have thought of a Labour Government.

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Princess Margaret:

Princesses Margaret and Elizabeth in 1944

I have as much privacy as a goldfish in a bowl.

When my sister and I were growing up, she was made out to be the goody-goody one.

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Prince Phillip:

I don't think a prostitute is more moral than a wife, but they are doing the same thing.

We don't come to Canada for our health. We can think of other ways of enjoying ourselves.

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Queen Victoria:

The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone in checking this mad, wicked folly of 'Women's Rights'. It is a subject which makes the Queen so furious that she cannot contain herself.

I don't dislike babies, though I think very young ones rather disgusting.

I feel sure that no girl would go to the altar if she knew all.

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Prince William:

(This may not be a genuine photograph).

I've had lots of kids come up and ask for my autograph, I've had a grandmother stop me and ask me if I know a good place to buy underwear.

I have to say that I thought search-and-rescue duties over Snowdonia were physically and mentally demanding, but looking after a 3-week-old baby is up there!

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Queen Elizabeth 1:

I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.

I have the heart of a man, not a woman, and I am not afraid of anything.

I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married.

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Queen Elizabeth 2:

This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II taken and made available on April 20, 2014, by British photographer David Bailey has been released to mark her 88th birthday on Monday April 21, 2014. The photograph was taken at Buckingham Palace in March.  
“She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint,” Bailey said. “I’ve always liked strong women, and she is a very strong woman.”

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Our peace and prosperity can never be taken for granted and must constantly be tended, so that never again do we have cause to build monuments to our fallen youth.
Speech during the commemorations of D-Day, 06 June 2014

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.
On her 21st birthday (21 April 1947)

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By the way:

From the TV series House MD -

House: I assume 'minimal at best' is your stiff upper lip British way of saying no chance in hell. 
Chase: I'm Australian. 
House: You put the Queen on your money; you're British.

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