Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The Queen in her own words

Sarah Rainey went through archives and found personal remarks of The Queen which The Daily Telegraph published on Her Majesty's Accession Day. Here are just a few examples:
On football:
When knighting FA Premier League chairman David Richards at Buckingham Palace in November 2006, the Queen reportedly said: “Football’s a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas? But it’s a wonderful game.”

On modern technology:
When international development secretary Clare Short’s pager went off at a Privy Council meeting in August 1998, the Queen is said to have shaken her head and whispered: “Oh dear, I hope it wasn't anyone important.” A similar thing happened to an embarrassed guest at a Jubilee garden party: “You’d better answer that,” she said.

On meeting people:
When an MP sympathised with her for having to meet so many people every day, the Queen replied: “It’s not as difficult as it might seem. You see, I don’t have to introduce myself; they all seem to know who I am.”

All, it would seem, except one shopper in a store in Sandringham village, who remarked: “You look awfully like the Queen.” “How very reassuring,” Her Majesty is said to have replied.

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