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Quotes from Queen Elizabeth II that will live on in history.

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London During her 70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II's speeches showed her family, faith, and sense of duty. Her comments reveal her personal and British public life. Here are a few.

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She was on a visit to South Africa with her parents and sister Margaret when she turned 21. In one of her first public speeches, she said that she wanted to spend her life serving the Commonwealth.

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Her 21st birthday was April 21, 1947.

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"This is a joyous day for me, but it also brings serious thoughts and ideas about life's challenges and opportunities," young Elizabeth said. Still a princess, she made a serious royal pledge: "I swear before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be committed to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong."

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The queen succeeded her father, King George VI, on Feb. 6, 1952, but she was crowned in 1953 at age 27.Philip, her husband, wanted the event to be shown on TV for the first time, and millions of people in the UK and around the world watched from Westminster Abbey.

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June 2, 1953, her coronation

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Elizabeth conducted an evening broadcast to the nation, reflecting on the day's events. "Although my experience is short and my work is fresh, I have my parents and grandparents to follow," she remarked. As the day ends, I'll remember not just the seriousness and beauty of the ceremony but also your loyalty and affection. I thank you all sincerely.

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In 1992, the queen gave a speech in London to honour the 40th anniversary of her accession to the throne, in which she famously called the year an "annus horribilis".

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24-Nov-1992: 'Annus Horribilis'

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"1992 isn't a year I'll look back on with pure joy," she said. A sympathetic correspondent called it an "Annus Horribilis." I doubt I'm alone. Her statement came after a fire at Windsor Castle, a royal palace, and a year that saw the breakdown of three of her children's marriages, including Prince Charles and Diana's.

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