Something as curious as the monarchy won't survive unless you take account of people's attitudes. After all, if people don't want it, they won't have it.

Father told me if I ever met a lady in a (very low-cut) dress like yours, I must look her straight in the eyes.

[It's] a kind of vast municipal fire station a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved friend.

That's called a microphone. It's a big sausage that picks up everything you say - and you're starting early.

I learned the way a monkey learns-by watching its parents.

I sometimes wonder if two thirds of the globe is covered in red carpet.

Be neither too remote nor too familiar.

Do you seriously expect me to be the first Prince of Wales in history not to have a mistress?

If English is spoken in heaven. God undoubtedly employs Cranmer as his speechwriter. The angels of the lesser ministries probably use the language of the New English Bible and the Alternative Service Book for internal memos.

Travesty of the truth.