A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life.
A monarch, when good, is entitled to the consideration which we accord to a pirate who keeps Sunday School between crimes; when bad, he is entitled to none at all.
A monarchy is the most expensive of all forms of government, the regal state requiring a costly parade, and he who depends on his own power to rule, must strengthen that power by bribing the active and enterprising whom he cannot intimidate.
A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.
All the time I feel I must justify my existence.
Aspect are within us, and who seems most kingly is king.
Being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Call me Diana, not Princess Diana.
Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.
From his childhood onwards this boy will be surrounded by sycophants and flatterers. In due course, following the precedent which has already been set, he will be sent on a tour of the world and probably rumors of a morganatic marriage alliance will follow, and the end of it will be the country will be called upon to pay the bill.
Here lies our Sovereign Lord, the King whose word no man relies on: He never said a foolish thing nor ever did a wise one.
I am every day more convinced that we women, if we are to be good women, feminine and amiable and domestic, are not fitted to reign; at least it is they that drive themselves to the work which it entails.
I am your anointed Queen. I will never be by violence constrained to do anything. I thank God I am endued with such qualities that if I were turned out of the Realm in my petticoat I were able to live in any place in Christendom.
I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love. I now quit altogether public affairs, and I lay down my burden.
I have nothing against the Queen of England. Even in my heart I never resented her for not being Jackie Kennedy. She is, to my mind, a very gallant lady, victimized by whoever it is who designs the tops of her uniforms.
I'd like to be queen of people's hearts.
I'm glad we've been bombed. It makes me feel I can look the East End in the face.
If God calls you to be a missionary, don't stoop to be a king.
If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.
Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.