Store cupboard of quotes – answers to which monarch say…

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Which monarch said:

  1. “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.
  2. “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.
  3. “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.
  4. “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.
  5. “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.
  6. “I can make a lord but only God can make a gentleman.” James I of England/ James VI of Scotland.
  7. “I always admired virtue – but I could never imitate it.” Charles II who had thirteen mistresses or there about during his life time.
  8. “Bugger Bognor.” King George V is supposed to have said this whilst on his deathbed – but they were not his last words!
  9. 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.
  10. “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.

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