Grief is the price we pay for love.— Elizabeth II
The most mouth-watering Elizabeth II quotes that are little-known but priceless
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.
They are not royal. They just happen to have me as their aunt.
In remembering the appalling suffering of war on both sides, we recognise how precious is the peace we have built in Europe since 1945.
The lessons from the peace process are clear;
whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.
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.
I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins but all, by God's Will, united in spirit and in aim.
To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.
I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast.
What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass;
it is almost exactly 13 years since the overwhelming majority of people in Ireland and Northern Ireland voted in favour of the agreement signed on Good Friday 1998, paving the way for Northern Ireland to become the exciting and inspirational place that it is today.
First, I want to pay tribute to Diana myself.
She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. I admired and respected her - for her energy and commitment to others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys.
The British Constitution has always been puzzling and always will be.
I have been aware all the time that my peoples, spread far and wide throughout every continent and ocean in the world, were united to support me in the task to which I have now been dedicated with such solemnity.
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 have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.
I hope that tomorrow we can all, wherever we are, join in expressing our grief at Diana's loss, and gratitude for her all-too-short life. It is a chance to show to the whole world the British nation united in grief and respect.
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.
Madam President, speaking here in Dublin Castle it is impossible to ignore the weight of history, as it was yesterday when you and I laid wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance.
No one who knew Diana will ever forget her.
Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her.
It is easy enough to define what the Commonwealth is not. Indeed this is quite a popular pastime.
Therefore I am sure that this, my Coronation, is not the symbol of a power and a splendor that are gone but a declaration of our hopes for the future, and for the years I may, by God's Grace and Mercy, be given to reign and serve you as your Queen.