Which monarch said:
- “The word must is not to be used with princes.” Elizabeth I said this to Robert Cecil when she refused to go to bed in January 1603 shortly before her death.
- “The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.” Queen Victoria who apparently never said she wasn’t amused.
- “A subject and a sovereign are clean different things.” Charles I believed that laws did not apply to sovereigns and subjects in the same way. He believed in the Divine Right of kings.
- “Hops are a wicked and pernicious weed.” Henry VIII may have said it at a time when there was talk of banning hops – not that they ever were.
- “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.” Part of Edward VIII’s radio broadcast made on 11th December 1936.
- “I can make a lord but only God can make a gentleman.” James I of England/ James VI of Scotland.
- “I always admired virtue – but I could never imitate it.” Charles II who had thirteen mistresses or there about during his life time.
- “Bugger Bognor.” King George V is supposed to have said this whilst on his deathbed – but they were not his last words!
- “I don’t mind praying to the Eternal Father, but I must be the only man in the country afflicted with an eternal mother.” Edward VII whose relationship with his long-lived mother Queen Victoria was notably difficult.
- “Mad is he? The I hope he will bite some of my other generals.” George III – but I’m not revealing the general just yet.
These were good to read! Happy Easter!
Glad you enjoyed them. Happy Easter to you as well.