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Old 01-10-2007, 09:55 PM
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The Queen Mum had a backbone of steel, but she also had a great funny bone!!!
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Some quotes from George V, who much like his wife, was very witty.


"After I am dead the boy will ruin himself in 12 months." (about Edward the VIII)

"I pray to God that my eldest son Edward will never marry and have children, and that nothing will come between Bertie and Lilibet and the throne." (about George VI and Queen Elizabeth II)

"You dress like a cad. You act like a cad. You are a cad." (to his son, Prince Edward)

"I may be uninspiring, but I'll be damned if I'm alien." (Said in response to H. G. Wells's criticism of his "alien [i.e. German-descended] and uninspiring court")

"Always go to the bathroom when you have a chance.
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Qu’ils mangent de la brioche! ("Let them eat bread rolls!") - Marie Antoinette (*1755 +1793), Queen of France.

Marie Antoinette is reported to have said this famous sentence, when told the people had no bread.
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Old 01-13-2007, 09:53 PM
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Qu’ils mangent de la brioche! ("Let them eat bread rolls!") - Marie Antoinette (*1755 +1793), Queen of France.

Marie Antoinette is reported to have said this famous sentence, when told the people had no bread.
I thought it was "Let them eat cake"? Maybe I am wrong though.
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I thought it was "Let them eat cake"? Maybe I am wrong though.
I believe Elsa M's post is accurate.
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Old 01-14-2007, 12:35 AM
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I believe Elsa M's post is accurate.
Great, thanks for that I read this on wikipedia:

"If they have no bread, then let them eat cake!" ("S’ils n’ont plus de pain, qu'ils mangent de la brioche.") There is no evidence that this phrase was ever uttered by Marie Antoinette.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_A...tion_and_reign
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Old 01-14-2007, 04:18 AM
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"Was there ever such thing as great Shakespeare? Only one must not say so! But what think you — what — was there not sad stuff?"- George III

I'm sure every student slogging through Shakespeare would agree!

George III to Archbishop of Canterbury: "I believe your Grace has a large family- better than a dozen?"
"No, sir, only eleven."
"Well, is not that better than a dozen?"

That's pretty ironic coming from a man who ended up with 15 children!

George III also had a habit of mentioning to people if they had got fat since the last time he saw them...Talk about foot in the mouth!
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Old 01-14-2007, 11:32 AM
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I thought it was "Let them eat cake"? Maybe I am wrong though.
We're not sure who said "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche". Jean-Jacques Rousseau attributed these words to "a great princess", in book 6 of his Confessions (which was written 2 or 3 years before Marie-Antoinette arrived in France, in 1770). A recent biographer has claimed that this famous sentence was actually spoken by Marie-Therese (wife of Louis XIV), one hundred years before Marie Antoinette...

Anyway, the word "cake" is a mistranslation of the French "brioche".
If Marie Antoinette ever said this sentence, she didn't mean "gateau", but a flour-and-water paste that the baker would scrape, at the end of the day, from his pans, to set them outside the door, for the beggars. Whoever said this sentence would be simply meaning: if they cannot afford the bourgeois bread, they can avail themselves of the peasants' "poor bread"; something like bread rolls...

Some scholars have stated also another explanation: that, at the time, the law obliged the baker to sell a fancier loaf for the price of the cheap one, whenever the cheap ones were all gone. So, the idea was that the bread shortage could be alleviated, if the law was enforced against profiteering bakers...


The truth is that we will probably never know who said this famous phrase... but anyway I'll say : let the myth stay like that...
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Old 01-15-2007, 03:31 AM
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We're not sure who said "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche". Jean-Jacques Rousseau attributed these words to "a great princess", in book 6 of his Confessions (which was written 2 or 3 years before Marie-Antoinette arrived in France, in 1770). A recent biographer has claimed that this famous sentence was actually spoken by Marie-Therese (wife of Louis XIV), one hundred years before Marie Antoinette...

Anyway, the word "cake" is a mistranslation of the French "brioche".
If Marie Antoinette ever said this sentence, she didn't mean "gateau", but a flour-and-water paste that the baker would scrape, at the end of the day, from his pans, to set them outside the door, for the beggars. Whoever said this sentence would be simply meaning: if they cannot afford the bourgeois bread, they can avail themselves of the peasants' "poor bread"; something like bread rolls...

Some scholars have stated also another explanation: that, at the time, the law obliged the baker to sell a fancier loaf for the price of the cheap one, whenever the cheap ones were all gone. So, the idea was that the bread shortage could be alleviated, if the law was enforced against profiteering bakers...


The truth is that we will probably never know who said this famous phrase... but anyway I'll say : let the myth stay like that...
thanks for that insight! yes, keeping it a myth works for me!
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"My children are not royal; they just happen to have the Queen for their aunt"
(Princess Margaret)
isn't this quote also credited to Princess Anne, but hers was "My children are not royal. Their grandmother just happened to be the Queen." (or something like that)?
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-The last words of Queen Marie-Thérèse of Spain, Louis XIV's wife : "I only had one day of happiness since I am Queen." (Nobody knows which day it was...)

-And her husband's reaction when he was told of her death: "That is the first sorrow she gives me!"

-On his deathbed, Louis XIV's farewell to his second and secret wife, the Marquise de Maintenon: "Considering how old you are, I'm happy to think you'll soon join me!!" (How gentle!!! )

-Queen Marie-Amélie, wife of Louis-Philippe, King of the French: "The one who said 'Happy like a king' had never worn any Crown!"
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Old 01-15-2007, 07:24 AM
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isn't this quote also credited to Princess Anne, but hers was "My children are not royal. Their grandmother just happened to be the Queen." (or something like that)?
Yes something like that. I might be wrong but i also think the quote is also credited to the Queen. She said "They are not royal, they just happen to have me as their Aunt" (About Princess Margaret's kids)

I have heard this quote being credited to the Queen, Margaret and Anne. haha
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-On his deathbed, Louis XIV's farewell to his second and secret wife, the Marquise de Maintenon: "Considering how old you are, I'm happy to think you'll soon join me!!" (How gentle!!! )
Oh such sweet & gentle words.
Thats something I want to here. "Your getting up there in age so I'll be seeing you really soon!"
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-On his deathbed, Louis XIV's farewell to his second and secret wife, the Marquise de Maintenon: "Considering how old you are, I'm happy to think you'll soon join me!!" (How gentle!!! )
Well, he may have been a king, but he definitely wasn't Prince Charming.
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Speaking of royal husbands who have said less than romantic things...

George II to Queen Caroline as she lay dying after she told him that after she dies he should marry again- "No, never, I shall have mistresses!"

Wow...thanks...

Caroline took it in her stride though and replied: "Oh, that needn't stop you!"

William IV after he was told he was now King (and his wife Adelaide was now Queen): "I'm going back to bed, I've never slept with a Queen before!"

Those royals are a strange bunch.
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If these haven't already been posted - George V:
"My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me."
And in response to H.G. Well's description of 'an alien and uninspiring court':
"I may be uninspiring, but I'll be damned if I'm an alien!"
(These are attributed at least...)
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There's the story about Hardie Amies visiting Buckingham Palace for lunch who was given the advice, "Do whatever the Queen does". So, the Queen and Hardie Amies were sitting together having lunch and a footman comes with a tray of breadsticks. The Queen takes five and Hardie Amies copies the Queen and takes five. At the end of the meal, the Queen has nibbled away half of one of the breadsticks, when the footman opens the door and four corgis come in. The Queen gives the remaining four breadsticks to the four corgis, turns to Hardie Amies and says, "Now Mr Amies, what are you going to do with yours?".

There's also the one about the Queen attending a service at Westminster Abbey when her handbag flew open and a comb, compact, lipstick, hankie etc all toppled out onto the floor. Various Bishops went for the cosmetic items but the Dean of Windsor saw HM's spectacles had whisked across the floor under a small table. So he retrieved the glasses and gave them to the Queen who said, "Oh, Bishops do have some uses then". When the Dean of Windsor told the Queen he wanted to retire she said, "It's alright for you, I can't".

I love the one about the Queen's holiday to Greece. Everyone heard that the Queen was on this Greek Island and so they all hired small boats to follow Britannia. The Queen, Lady Pamela Hicks and a bodyguard were on the beach when this small craft stopped and shouted, "Have you seen the Queen?!". The Queen jumped up and yelled, "She went that way! She went that way!". The craft sped off and the Queen could enjoy her sunbathing.
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Oh such sweet & gentle words.
Thats something I want to here. "Your getting up there in age so I'll be seeing you really soon!"
Your sentence is in fact closer to the French one than mine! Translating is not easy...
("ma consolation est qu'à l'âge que vous avez, vous me rejoindrez bientôt!"

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Everyone heard that the Queen was on this Greek Island and so they all hired small boats to follow Britannia. The Queen, Lady Pamela Hicks and a bodyguard were on the beach when this small craft stopped and shouted, "Have you seen the Queen?!". The Queen jumped up and yelled, "She went that way! She went that way!". The craft sped off and the Queen could enjoy her sunbathing.
Her Majesty has a good sense of humour!!!!
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Como é para o bem de todos e felicidade geral da Nação, estou pronto; diga ao povo que fico! («Since it's for the good of everyone and the general happiness of the Nation, I am ready; tell the people that I'll stay») - Emperor D. Pedro I of Brazil (*1798 +1834) (later also King D. Pedro IV of Portugal), at the opening of the General Assembly, of May 3rd 1823.
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in this page there are some of Queen Elizabeth I's famous quotes.. they are really good, all of them.. take a look.. http://www.luminarium.org/renlit/elizaquotes.htm
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