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Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth II: Best Life Lessons From The Monarch

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, quotes, life lessons

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Getty

In the last nine decades, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has not only given us some incredible style inspiration, but she has also provided some impressive career aspirations and set an example on how to manage a crisis with decorum. From handling the Prince Andrew Epstein scandal, to managing the stepping down of her grandson Prince Harry, and offering a message of hope to a nation during a pandemic, the 94-year-old monarch has also given us some incredible words of wisdom.

While the coronavirus lockdown means the monarch, who has ruled for 68 years, won’t be able to celebrate her birthday with the public, we can still honor Queen Elizabeth by looking back at some of her best quotes, and the life lessons they taught us:

On staying strong

“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 love

“Grief is the price we pay for love.”

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Queen Elizabeth II on her wedding day

On wisdom

“Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.”

On handling stress

“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 self-improvement

“It’s all to do with training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained.”

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HM Queen Elizabeth II sits with Caroline Rush on her right and Anna Wintour on her left at London Fashion Week Richard Quinn Fall 2018 show, London. Getty

On community

“Family does not necessarily mean blood relatives, but often a description of a community, organization, or a nation.”

On having a united front

“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.”

On sticking together

“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.”

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