Just before Kate Middleton gave birth to her great-grandson, Queen Elizabeth had joked,
When asked why they were late, Kate Middleton replied, “William had to do his hair.”
After the birth of his first grandson, Prince Charles was asked if he was happy to be a grandfather. Here’s what he answered: This is how Prince William characterized his wife’s culinary talent:
“Kate’s cooking is the reason I’m so skinny.”
Prince Charles once had to congratulate a beauty queen of England, and here’s how he started his speech:
“Father told me that if I ever met a lady in a dress like yours, I must look her straight in the eyes.”
At the 2012 London Marathon, Prince Harry promised that William and Kate would run the next one.
When in 2013 he was asked where his brother and his wife were, he said,
And this is what Prince Philip thinks of the rules of etiquette: “When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.”
When asked what he learned from growing up, Prince William said, Before one of his trips to the USA, Prince Harry said,
“Every time I get to meet kids and they have been told a real-life prince is coming, the disappointment on their faces when they see me without a crown or a cape…”
Visiting an Australian university, Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, were introduced to Mr. and Dr. Robinson. He noticed the wife was a Ph.D., and her title was much more important than his, to which Prince Philip replied, “Ah, yes, we have that trouble in our family too.”
We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you.
I’d like to be queen of people’s hearts.
Call me Diana, not Princess Diana.
A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.
I have nothing against the Queen of England. Even in my heart I never resented her for not being Jackie Kennedy. She is, to my mind, a very gallant lady, victimized by whoever it is who designs the tops of her uniforms.
A monarchy is the most expensive of all forms of government, the regal state requiring a costly parade, and he who depends on his own power to rule, must strengthen that power by bribing the active and enterprising whom he cannot intimidate.
Royalty is a government in which the attention of the nation is concentrated on one person doing interesting actions.
Picture the prince, such as most of them are today: a man ignorant of the law, well-nigh an enemy to his people’s advantage, while intent on his personal convenience, a dedicated voluptuary, a hater of learning, freedom and truth, without a thought for the interests of his country, and measuring everything in terms of his own profit and desires.
The Sovereign has, under a constitutional monarchy such as ours, three rights — the right to be consulted, the right to encourage, the right to warn. And a king of great sense and sagacity would want no others.
Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.
Princes give me sufficiently if they take nothing from me, and do me much good if they do me no hurt; it is all I require of them.
I am every day more convinced that we women, if we are to be good women, feminine and amiable and domestic, are not fitted to reign; at least it is they that drive themselves to the work which it entails.
The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other.
A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life.
There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad.
Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation.
Being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
A monarch, when good, is entitled to the consideration which we accord to a pirate who keeps Sunday School between crimes; when bad, he is entitled to none at all.
The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that being stupid, affectionate, gregarious, and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones.
Majesty and love do not consort well together, nor do they dwell in the same place.
Aspect is within us, and who seems most kingly is king.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.
As I learned from growing up, you don’t mess with your grandmother.” — Prince William
“[Kate’s cooking] is the reason I’m so skinny.” — Prince William
“Older brothers are supposedly the cool ones. I’m a younger brother, but I’m much cooler than my older brother.” — Prince Harry
“When a man open a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.” — Prince Philip
“[We’re late because] William had to do his hair!” — Kate Middleton
“I’m always open for people saying I’m wrong because most of the time I am.” — Prince William
“I learned the way a monkey learns, but watching its parents.” — Prince Charles
“It’s fantastic to have another addition to the family…I only hope my brother knows how expensive my babysitting charges are.” — Prince Harry
“[My son George] has been known to be particularly vocal at 3 a.m. I swear I heard him doing the haka this morning.” — Prince William
“I’m worried because the American kids, especially next to Disney World, are going to be thinking, ‘You ain’t no prince’…So I am going to pack a crown and a cape this time and some funny pointy-toed shoes.” — Prince Harry
‘It turned out to be a quilt which is sent to women’s institutes, and they each stitch part of it and send it back, which is why it’s called a boomerang.’ (June 2002)
‘Margaret was quite a flirt, and maybe there was a time when she was lonely. I think she and the Earl of Snowdon were very suited.
‘He loved all the royal stuff at the beginning, but I think he got bored with it. Princess Margaret said to me, “Tony wants me to cook and I can’t. I’ve not been brought up to do it.
‘I think he wanted to be alone with her, but she’d never been alone. She’d always had a dresser and butlers. She’d never even eaten a meal alone.