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.
— James Fenimore Cooper

Years ago, I thought up the name Queen. It's just a name. But it's regal, obviously, and -sounds splendid.
— Freddie Mercury

The queen, I say, is the mother bee; it is undoubtedly complimenting her to call her a queen and invest her with regal authority, yet she is a superb creature and looks every inch a queen.
— John Burroughs