Queen Elizabeth II, the British Commonwealth’s longest-serving monarch, turned 90 last week. Elizabeth has served as a figurehead for a plethora of the world’s people now for over 60 years, a symbol of solidarity in war, a symbol of tradition and the torch-bearer of an 800 year legacy. Though the Queen no longer has any real power, she remains a symbol of pride to many of the British, (though a symbol of frivolity to some others). Additionally, she’s a wise hat aficionado!
Here’s a few quotes from the monarch’s decades of international spotlight:
“The upward course of a nation’s history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.”
“Like all best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.”
“The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.”
“Grief is the price we pay for love.”
“I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”
“I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else – I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.”
“I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.”
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Check back soon for more! Cheers! -MC