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 95-year-old monarch has also given us some incredible words of wisdom.
Due to the recent passing of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, the Queen will have a scaled-down birthday celebration as her official mourning period continues until Friday.
In honor of Queen Elizabeth, we look 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.”
“Grief is the price we pay for love.”
“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.”
“It’s all to do with training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained.”
“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.”