FOR THE Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend, The Week presents a selection of memorable quotes by the Queen, about the Queen, and by her 'gaffe-prone' husband Prince Philip during her 60-year reign.
THE QUEEN "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." The Queen speaking to her future subjects on her 21st birthday, April 1947
"1992 is not a year I shall look back on with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an 'annus horribilis'". From Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas message in 1992
"No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her. I, for one, believe there are lessons to be drawn from her life and from the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death. I share in your determination to cherish her memory." From a statement broadcast after Diana's death in September 1997.
"Have you been playing a long time?" The Queen speaking to guitar legend Eric Clapton at a Buckingham Palace reception in March 2005.
"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." From the Queen's Christmas message in 2008.
"Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements." The Queen in 1989, quoted by the Daily Mail
ABOUT THE QUEEN "The death of deference is one of the great modern myths. The hallmark of the reign of Elizabeth II is a Britain locked in a time warp. That is her triumph and our shame." Mary Riddell in The Guardian 2006
"In a small room with close members of the family, then she is just a normal grandmother. Very relaxed." Prince Harry, in an interview with ABC News' Katie Couric 2012
"You can take it from me, the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance." Prince Philip in 1997
"Damn fool question!" Prince Philip to journalist Caroline Wyatt, who asked if the Queen was enjoying a Paris trip, 2006
PRINCE PHILIP "If you travel as much as we do, you appreciate the improvements in aircraft design of less noise and more comfort – provided you don't travel in something called economy class, which sounds ghastly." To the Aircraft Research Association in 2002.
"If it doesn't fart or eat hay then she isn't interested" Speaking about his daughter, Princess Anne, in 2010
"People think there's a rigid class system here, but dukes have been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans." Prince Philip in 2000
"I never see any home cooking – all I get is fancy stuff." In 1987
"Dontopedalogy is the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it, which I've practised for many years." To the General Dental Council in 1960. ·