9 quotes from Queen Elizabeth II on love, family, and the monarchy

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The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge. Phil Noble – WPA Pool/Getty Images
  • At 94 years old, Queen Elizabeth II, has outlasted many world leaders.
  • She has reigned for more than 68 years and is the longest-serving British monarch ever, breaking the record set by Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother, in 2015.
  • To celebrate her milestone birthday, we gathered nine of her most memorable quotes of advice and wisdom.
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“We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock.”

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“It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained.”

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“Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.”

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“Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.”

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“Grief is the price we pay for love.”

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“Family does not necessarily mean blood relatives, but often a description of a community, organisation or nation.”

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“In remembering the appalling suffering of war on both sides, we recognise how precious is the peace we have built in Europe since 1945.”

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“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.”

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“When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.”

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