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Quotes of the Day for 2 June 2003 – Elizabeth II
Fifty years ago today, a distinguished crowd of over eight thousand pressed into London's Westminster Abbey to watch Dr Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury, place the Imperial State Crown on the head of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor. Although she had taken the throne some fifteen months earlier on the death of her father, the grand event introduced her to the world as "Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith." Long Live the Queen!
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I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else - I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.
The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.
I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.
It is easy enough to define what the Commonwealth is not. Indeed this is quite a popular pastime.
We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.
Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.
All from Elizabeth II
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