From wartime speeches to Christmas messages, here are some of Queen Elizabeth II’s most memorable speeches.
“Thousands of people in this country have had to leave their homes and be separated from their fathers and mothers. My sister, Margaret Rose, and I feel this experience with you because we know what it means to be away from those you love most”, said Queen Elizabeth in a wartime radio speech , on October 13, 1940.
“Every Christmas, at this time, my beloved father would send a message to his people in all corners of the world. Today I will do this for you, who are now my people. Above all, we must keep alive that spirit of adventure which is the best quality of youth. And by youth I don’t mean those who are young in age, but I mean those who are young at heart, no matter how old they are. That spirit still thrives in this old country and in all the young countries of the Commonwealth,” Elizabeth said during her first Christmas speech, delivered from Sandringham and broadcast on the radio, in December 1952.
Queen Elizabeth II’s speech on her coronation day
“I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and annals of over a thousand years, but also the power and grandeur of Commonwealth and empire, of societies old and new, of territories and races of diverse but united histories and origins, through God’s will, in spirit and purpose. So I am sure that my coronation is not the symbol of a long-gone power and splendor, but a declaration of our hopes for the future,” declared Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her coronation, June 2, 1953.
What did Elizabeth II say after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales?
“We all tried in our different ways to cope. It is not easy to express a sense of loss, given that the initial shock is often followed by many other feelings: disbelief, bewilderment, anger and concern for those left behind. We’ve all felt these emotions over the past few days. So what I tell you now, as Queen and grandmother, I tell you from the heart. First, I want to personally pay tribute to Diana. He was an exceptional man,” Queen Elizabeth said in her address to the British nation after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, according to The Guardian.
“Through good times and bad, she never lost her ability to smile and laugh, nor her ability to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. I admired and respected her for her energy and devotion, especially her devotion to her two boys. Those who knew Diana will never forget her. The millions who didn’t know her, but felt they knew her, will remember her,” added Elizabeth II about Diana.
Queen Elizabeth II’s speech at the beginning of the pandemic
“I am speaking to you in increasingly turbulent times that have brought suffering for some, financial hardship for many, and huge changes for everyone’s daily lives,” Queen Elizabeth II said at Windsor Castle in the speech at the beginning of the pandemic, April 5, 2020.
“We should be comforted by the thought that, although we still have a long way to go, better days will return. We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. we will meet again But for now, I send you all my thanks and warmest wishes”, concluded Elizabeth II.