Queen Elizabeth II’s inspiring and touching words of wisdom

The nation is in mourning. While some find consolation in sharing their memories of Her Majesty The Queen with their friends and families, others have chosen to express their grief through the laying of flowers and the signing of the book of condolences. Others again may find it comforting to revisit some of The Queen’s most inspiring and touching words of wisdom and advice. 

The Independent has handpicked some of Queen Elizabeth II’s most inspiring,  touching and, on occasion, humorous quotes to share with those who mourn her. Please take a moment to read this lovely article or see our favourites below.

On her fashion sense, The Queen said: “I can never wear beige, because nobody will know who I am.”

On taking breaks, The Queen said: “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.”

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

On grief, The Queen said: “Grief is the price we pay for love.”

On forging ahead in the face of adversity, The Queen said: “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.”

On women, The Queen said: “It is difficult to realise that it was less than 50 years ago that women in Britain were first given the vote, but Parliament was first asked to grant this 100 years ago…Yet, in spite of these disabilities, it has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the harsh progress of mankind.”

On hatred, The Queen said: “It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult.”

We hope the above quotes bring you solace at this sad time.

RIP Your Majesty.