Royalty


  • There is no-one in the world who is the social superior of the Queen of England – and that is her superb value to this country.


    Nobility, Royalty, Superiority

  • It’s a naïve domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think that you will be amused by its presumption.


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  • I’m only a beer teetotaller not a champagne teetotaller.


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  • A good general rule is to state that the bouquet is better than the taste and vice versa.


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  • Do you think it is wise darling? You know you’ve got to rule this afternoon.
    [to Queen Elizabeth after she accepted a second glass of wine at lunch]


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  • He speaks to me as if I were a public meeting.
    [on William Gladstone]


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  • My Lord you snore so loud you will wake the king.
    [to Lord Lauderdale while preaching to Charles II court]


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  • The eminence cerise, the bolster behind the throne.
    [on the Queen Mother]


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  • Here lies our sovereign Lord the King,
    Whose promise none relies on
    He never said a foolish thing
    Nor ever did a wise one.



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  • The divine right of kings to govern wrong.


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  • My children are not royal, they just happen to have the Queen as their aunt.


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  • It means I am growing old when ladies declare war on me.
    [when England declared war 2 weeks after Queen Anne’s succession]


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  • Positively no money refunded after the curtain has risen.
    [on a playbill to The Duke of Clarence on a refusal to pay her allowance]


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  • I left England when I was four because I found out I could never be King.


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  • I’m sorry your Queen has to pay taxes She’s not a wealthy woman.


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  • You should bloody well know.
    [to Brigadier Hinde who replied ‘I don’t think so’ when asked ‘have we met before?’]


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  • I hate all Boets and Bainters.


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  • She will have to walk behind the angels -and she won’t like that.
    [on if Queen Victoria would be happy in heaven]


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  • I have no objection whatsoever to the notion of the Eternal Father, but every objection to the concept of an eternal mother.
    [on Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee]


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  • I never deny; I never contradict; I sometimes forget.
    [on dealing with Queen Victoria]


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  • Everyone likes flattery, but when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.


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