Top 218 Royal Quotes

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“’Grand Royal’ started because we were on the Lollapalooza tour, and we wanted to send this message to people that the mosh pit is corny. Stop doing that. MTV has ruined it, and it’s dangerous, and girls are getting hurt.”

― Ad-Rock

“I love the Royal Family and every aspect of Britain and what we have achieved in history.”

― Adam Peaty

“The Romans had chosen Pergamon to be the capital of their new province. But by 88 B.C., most of western Asia was allied with King Mithradates, who had taken over the royal palace in Pergamon for his own headquarters.”

― Adrienne Mayor

“The royal family’s existence is a constant reminder of the hollowness of John Major’s rhetoric, and idiotic statements by its leading members a constant boost to the republican cause. They’re fine opening hospitals. It’s when they open their mouths they get into trouble.”

― Alastair Campbell

“There are many reasons for the decline in royal esteem. One is that so many of the royals are thick.”

― Alastair Campbell

“The colonies had little occasion to feel or to resent direct royal prerogative.”

― Albert Bushnell Hart

“There were many great moments in WWE, but the most special was to win the ‘Royal Rumble’ of 40 wrestlers.”

― Alberto Del Rio

“There’s nothing so kingly as kindness, and nothing so royal as truth.”

― Alice Cary

“In ‘A Royal Affair’ I had to learn to act like a queen and learned Danish. It’s so much different to act in another language. It’s the nuances in the words.”

― Alicia Vikander

“’Britain’s Royal Families’ became my first published book, in 1989, from The Bodley Head, and the rest of the story is – dare I say it? – history!”

― Alison Weir

“For a time during the 1980s the Royal Family were not just the most influential family in Britain but probably in Europe and Prince Charles specifically was very much like a defacto Cabinet member and what he said actually had impact on public policy.”

― Andrew Morton

“He’s a TV producer, a theatrical impresario, and he wants to be treated as Mr. Windsor but when the going gets rough he wants to be treated like a member of the Royal Family.”

― Andrew Morton

“I would argue that television and particularly the BBC were instrumental in puffing up the Royal Family to a level where they were inflated out of all, all proportion to their relevance on the national scene.”

― Andrew Morton

“I’m obsessed with Kate Middleton. Obsessed. I loved the Royal Wedding. I was so cynical going into it, and pseudo-political about the whole thing, but as soon as I saw her, I was utterly charmed. I’m just completely enchanted by Kate and William.”

― Anne Hathaway

“The Royal family have always been great philanthropists.”

― Arpad Busson

“I did a lot of theatre when I started out. It was the Lyceum, the Citz, the Tron and the Traverse. I came to London and did the Royal Court, the National, ‘King Lear’ at the Manchester Royal Exchange. I did little bits of comedy, like ‘Rab C Nesbitt,’ but I wasn’t predominantly about comedy.”

― Ashley Jensen

“After Newport, I worked in television for a while, and then I went to The Royal College Of Art and did a master’s degree. I really did study quite a lot!”

― Asif Kapadia

“Matt Damon’s anti-fracking diatribe was funded by the royal family of the United Arab Emirates.”

― Ben Shapiro

“I’m not a royal family watcher.”

― Bill Nighy

“It is an honour to fight at the Royal Albert Hall.”

― Billy Joe Saunders

“I wanted to be a cartoonist, but there was no cartoon academy. So I enrolled in the Royal Danish Art Academy School of Architecture. But then I really got smitten by architecture.”

― Bjarke Ingels

“The events leading to the discovery of tunnelling supercurrents took place while I was working as a research student at the Royal Society Mond Laboratory, Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Brian Pippard.”

― Brian Josephson

“I went to London and performed in Eric Clapton’s concert at the Royal Albert Hall. I’ll work with him any time he asks me.”

― Carole King

“The Royal Rumble is very difficult because, obviously, there are 30 people, and there are many superstars in it.”

― Cesaro

“I worry that there are financial ties between the Trumps and the Saudi royal family.”

― Chris Murphy

“I’m ashamed to say the first play I saw at the Royal Court was mine.”

― Christopher Hampton

“One of the few things in dance to match the Royal Ballet’s curtain calls is the Royal Ballet’s dancing.”

― Clive Barnes

“Growing up, my mates and I would have rather been Sid Vicious or members of the Royal Family.”

― Colin Firth

“I’m a royal pain in the behind.”

― Cristina Saralegui

“The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.”

― Dale Carnegie

“I don’t know anything about being a royal child. But I have played Shakespearian kings.”

― Dan Amboyer

“The Royal Academy of Dance is an institution that trains to a very high standard.”

― Darcey Bussell

“I joined the Royal Ballet School when I was 13. Before then, I’d done ballet twice a week after school. The rest of my class had started aged 11, so I’d missed two years and was really far behind.”

― Darcey Bussell

“I once received a cape that was made from the little purple bags that Crown Royal Whisky comes in.”

― Dave Grohl

“The opening solo on ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ is still the most dramatic radio moment of the year.”

― David Hepworth

“Nobody strikes a medal for the Royal Military Canal campaign any more, but a pint in the back bar of the ancient Mermaid Inn, perched in front of one of the biggest and oldest inglenooks you’re ever likely to see, is its own reward.”

― David Hewson

“One of the most important secret societies of the 20th century is called the Round Table. It is based in Britain with branches across the world. It is the Round Table that ultimately orchestrates the network of the Bilderberg Group, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and the Royal Institute of International Affairs.”

― David Icke

“A lot of TV has moved away from family viewing. But with ‘The Royal Bodyguard,’ we have tried to make a show when no one will be worried about sitting there with their kids or their grandma.”

― David Jason

“There were certain young actors I had trained with at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art who had always got the big parts and I was always the spear-carrier. Suddenly the roles were reversed and I couldn’t understand why, and nor could they.”

― David Warner

“He caressed my backside. I had heard that he was famous for his ‘admiration’ of the ladies, but I didn’t expect him to be handling my booty. As handsome as Prince Philip is, I wasn’t sure if he was making a pass or just exercising some royal rights to squeeze the foreigners.”

― Debbie Reynolds

“I do take class because I still dance, and yes, I do slip into class with the Royal Ballet from time to time.”

― Deborah Bull

“Dancing is a tough career, but I’m glad I spent it at the Royal Ballet.”

― Deborah Bull

“When I graduated from high school, I had artistic and academic scholarships, and I was trying to figure out what to do. I decided to audition for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Juilliard and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia.”

― Deborah Kara Unger

“When I graduated from high school, I had artistic and academic scholarships, and I was trying to figure out what to do. I decided to audition for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Julliard, and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia.”

― Deborah Kara Unger

“I don’t want to write poems about the royal wedding. I would have to be moved by the event.”

― Derek Walcott

“Do you know, I have no idea how I got ‘The Avengers’? I’d left the Royal Shakespeare Company, and I was one of a long list of girls, and got it on my audition.”

― Diana Rigg

“I’m the fifth of six kids, and we’re quite an eclectic family. People call us the ‘Royal Tenenbaums,’ because we’re that kind of wonky.”

― Diana Silvers

“I blew amps like they were made of tissue paper. Once I blew out the sound system at Royal Albert Hall in London.”

― Dick Dale

“To win the Royal Rumble, you don’t want to go over the top rope, obviously. But game-play-wise, hopefully you draw a later number.”

― Drew McIntyre

“When Pope Francis touched down on French soil for the first time in his papacy with a visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg last November, Ms. Royal was the senior French official there to greet him.”

― Elaine Sciolino

“I heard Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, and that was it. I didn’t ever want to be anything else. I just started banging away and semi-studied classical music at the Royal Academy of Music but sort of half-heartedly.”

― Elton John

“It was a civilian ship, and the Lusitania could outrun any submarine. So this population of people was very confident that Cunard and the Royal Navy would be looking after them. Why weren’t they under convoy? That’s the real question.”

― Erik Larson

“There is no royal road to geometry.”

― Euclid

“The first thing I said if I sat on the Iron Throne would probably be, ‘Ouch!’ It’s actually painful because it’s made of swords. But my first Royal Edict would be, ‘Somebody get rid of this damn chair!’”

― Eugene Simon

“Historically, royal families have represented an institution. The institution is built on heritage, and is timeless in that sense.”

― Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark

“Iraq… has also had contacts with al-Qaida. Their ties may be limited by divergent ideologies, but the two sides’ mutual antipathy toward the United States and the Saudi royal family suggests that tactical cooperation between them is possible.”

― George Tenet

“I’d like to work at the Royal Court Theatre, please.”

― Georgina Campbell

“Lady Diana Spencer looked to relatively unknown designers – David and Elizabeth Emanuel, recently graduated from the Royal College of Art – when she wed Prince Charles in 1981.”

― Hamish Bowles

“I have a Bachelor in medicine, a Bachelor in surgery, and I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.”

― Hasnat Khan

“The royal family are protected from public accountability by law.”

― Heather Brooke

“Out in the lonely woods the jasmine burns Its fragrant lamps, and turns Into a royal court with green festoons The banks of dark lagoons.”

― Henry Timrod

“My dad had a small suitcase stuffed with photos, mementoes from wherever he’d traveled as a Royal Navy gunner. Not that he gunned very much, as it turned out. I’d haul it out and go through it time and time again.”

― Honeysuckle Weeks

“I don’t think you can have any actual idea of what the Royal Family are really like from how they are portrayed in the papers.”

― Hugh Skinner

“The first year of marriage is not always easy, especially within the Royal Family.”

― Ingrid Seward

“The Middletons and the Windsors might seem at first glance to be worlds apart. Kate certainly shows no sign of adopting the horsey, doggy lifestyle beloved of her grandmother-in-law. But the Queen admires how well Kate has embraced royal life, combining it cheerfully with duty and motherhood.”

― Ingrid Seward

“For a sailor used to travelling light and looking after himself, many aspects of life as a royal came as an unpleasant shock to Prince Philip.”

― Ingrid Seward

“Indeed, the Royal Family still retain the German custom – introduced by Prince Albert – of opening their presents on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas morning.”

― Ingrid Seward

“National armies fight nations, royal armies fight their like, the first obey a mob, always demented and the second a king, generally sane.”

― J. F. C. Fuller

“There are heads of royal families who control hereditary fortunes that defy comprehension.”

― J. Paul Getty

“I grew up on stages. Not standing outside the ‘Royal Court Theatre’ wistfully, but with enthusiastic people from the community.”

― Jack Lowden

“Economists, like royal children, are not punished for their errors.”

― James Buchan

“’Rapa Nui’ is about the conflict in the 1600s on Easter Island. It’s about the clash of the royal clan and the working class.”

― Jason Scott Lee

“I wanted to work in the arts. My dream come true would be to be an architectural historian and work with the royal palaces and all the fabulous art collections. But I’m not committed enough.”

― Jaye Davidson

“In 2003, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and a year later, a national ethics committee in France, said that face transplantation would be going too far. The risk of complication would far outweigh the benefits.”

― Jeanne Marie Laskas

“Teaching is the royal road to learning.”

― Jessamyn West

“I’m an honorary Royal Marine and Green Beret.”

― Jimmy Savile

“Rob Gronkowski cost me the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, and I haven’t forgot that.”

― Jinder Mahal

“We can’t begin to feed ourselves with a local-centric system if we lock up land in royal manor models.”

― Joel Salatin

“Three Royal Air Force aeroplanes have come over to us so far with their arms and equipment.”

― John Amery

“It was the king’s army, the king’s people, the king’s taxes; and he who questioned the propriety of the royal prerogative of taking from his people without return or accounting, was reckoned, and felt himself to be, a criminal, guilty of the highest crime of disloyalty.”

― John Buchanan Robinson

“Winning the Royal Rumble is as big an accomplishment as anything.”

― John Cena

“My old friend Vlado Prelog has asked me to offer, from both of us, our thanks to the Royal Academy of Sciences and to the Nobel Foundation for the honour conferred on us.”

― John Cornforth

“In 1995, I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.”

― John E. Walker

“Being born into the Royal Family is like being born into a mental asylum. Marrying into it is not something to be taken lightly.”

― John Lydon

“I don’t have a saviour or a royal family.”

― John Malkovich

“There is no royal road to anything, one thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.”

― Josiah Gilbert Holland

“Today is indeed an historic occasion when as a first chair-in-office woman I hand over to another woman chair in office, your Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, in the presence of a woman head of the Commonwealth, Her Royal Highness, Her Majesty the Queen of England.”

― Kamla Persad-Bissessar

“My ancestors are Rajputs from Jaipur, a lineage of the royal family.”

― Kangana Ranaut

“I actually hated dancing. My mum used to have to bribe me to go by buying me things. A year before I stopped going, I was going to go for an audition with the Royal Ballet. It turned out I was a year too young. Because I was tall, they thought I was older. But before I had the chance to go back, I quit.”

― Katarina Johnson-Thompson

“I love the Royal Family. The Queen, she’s fabulous.”

― Kate Moss

“I wasn’t the best in my class at the Royal Academy. There was a really good soprano and baritone who were technically better and are doing really well in opera now. But I was definitely the best mezzo-soprano in my class, because I was the only one of those!”

― Katherine Jenkins

“Rasputin’s daughter understands the revolution. She would have been an outsider, a spectator in the royal family and to the revolution.”

― Kathryn Harrison

“In terms of the Japanese royal family, they were considered the direct descendants of a god. They are regarded as all-powerful and possessors of unimaginable wealth, and yet they are, more often than not, literally prisoners of tradition.”

― Kathryn Lasky

“I was studying at the Royal Academy of Arts, and I was playing the role of Dr. Ivan Chebutikin in Chekov’s ‘Three Sisters.’ I was about 50 years too young for the part.”

― Kenneth Branagh

“When you study, as I did, every theatrical beginning in this country, none of them have been greeted well. The Royal Shakespeare Company was a disaster, Peter Hall was a disaster, Richard Eyre was a disaster, Trevor Nunn was always a disaster.”

― Kevin Spacey

“I’m a pro! No, what I mean is I have performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. I have been all over the place. I have studied theatre for seven years.”

― Kunal Nayyar

“I am so, so, so grateful that I am going to be a part of the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble.”

― Lana

“The names are bigger, the show is worldwide, but I get a royal pass into life in the broadcasting business.”

― Larry King

“I first played the Royal Albert Hall when I was 14. I was a violinist with the Birmingham Schools Concert Orchestra, and we travelled down from the Midlands for the last night of the School Proms. We played some pieces from the Harry Potter films, and the violin parts were really hard.”

― Laura Mvula

“You couldn’t get less royal than me.”

― Lena Headey

“In 1990, I was in ‘The Three Sisters’ at the Royal Court and won the Clarence Derwent award for my supporting role as Natasha – the prize was £100. I could have paid the gas bill, but I ended up buying a porcelain and silver Bavarian coffee set in an antiques shop in Penzance.”

― Lesley Manville

“Traditionally, royal females who have not had the luck to become queens regnant have been granted very limited roles. They have been expected to look pretty, be discreet, do charitable good deeds, and – if married to princes or kings – be quietly supportive and, above all, fertile.”

― Linda Colley

“Many Americans remain very interested in royal goings-on in general, and not just because of their soap-opera appeal. To a greater degree than any other polity, Britain functions as Americans’ defining ‘other.’”

― Linda Colley

“Since the Second World War, as female expectations and opportunities have risen, becoming a royal woman – and remaining a royal woman – has seemed less and less an attractive proposition.”

― Linda Colley

“On climate change, we have only a handful of years to make massive changes, according to the scientists. The politicians have to act, and only the people can make them, because Royal Dutch Shell’s not going to do it.”

― Lydia Millet

“I only really discovered modelling in August 2014 when I went to the Royal Queensland Show in Brisbane and watched a fashion parade. At that moment, I decided it looked like an awesome thing to do. Before then, my spare time was competing at Special Olympics, dancing, and acting.”

― Madeline Stuart

“Before we made films about gangsters, everything was about the royal families. They contain so much drama.”

― Mads Mikkelsen

“The reason that I like ‘Game of Thrones’ is because it’s based on all these royal families. And it’s cutthroat – just like hip-hop. It’s all about positioning and figuring out who’s going to last.”

― Mannie Fresh

“The greatest shoemaker in England for many, many decades; he used to be the royal shoe-maker for the Queen Mother. This is where I learnt my trade.”

― Manolo Blahnik

“There is something about Prince William and Prince Harry that brings real modernity to the British royal family. They are also very open, human, and kind, and this is what I have tried to capture in the pictures I have taken of them as well as in my pictures of Prince William and Catherine.”

― Mario Testino

“I’m an officer in her Majesty’s Royal New Zealand Navy. I’m a public relations officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy. Sounds good, doesn’t it?”

― Mark Hadlow

“I’ve never done stand-up; I came via small-scale touring theatre, through the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, then I got employed on that as an actor who had a humorous sensibility.”

― Mark Williams

“It’s so fantastic that Prince William has championed African wildlife. He’s putting his back into it – and one thing the royal family is brilliant at is getting people to cough up.”

― Martin Clunes

“I pretend I’m one of the royal family when I’m in a hotel and that the hotel belongs to me – it is a palace.”

― Martin Short

“On a royal birthday every house must fly a flag, or the owner would be dragged to a police station and be fined twenty-five rubles.”

― Mary Antin

“The implication that depressed people are fundamentally irresponsible is a deeply damaging and counterproductive one. Winston Churchill was a depressive. He didn’t just fly planes; he was in charge of the Royal Air Force.”

― Matt Haig

“I’m glad to know that I can host the ‘Today’ show for 16 years and not be a trending topic. And all the sudden I’m on ‘Royal Pains,’ and I’m a trending topic. There’s something a little strange about that.”

― Matt Lauer

“I find Instagram interesting to the extent that new royal families are born and die there, such as The Kardashians of L.A.”

― Maurizio Cattelan

“There was no doubt that in the early and mid-eighties that many of us in broadsheet newspapers felt that we still had a responsibility to try to protect the Royal Family or if you like protect the Monarchy from the assaults of the media.”

― Max Hastings

“I love performing in front of a live audience and just stepping out in front of ruddy Royal Albert Hall is just something, I can’t describe it.”

― Mel Giedroyc

“The defeat of the Americans in Canada and the advantages gained by the British arms in the Jerseys, and indeed for some months in every other quarter, gave to the royal cause an air of triumph.”

― Mercy Otis Warren

“A Royal Commission is a broody hen sitting on a china egg.”

― Michael Foot

“If a prince marries a foreign princess, one to the manner born, he is being snobbish and old-fashioned. If he chooses a Diana or a Fergie, glamorous outsiders, they may never adapt to the restrictions of being Royal, with calamitous results.”

― Michael Portillo

“I saw a production of ‘Titus Andronicus’ at the Royal Shakespeare Company with Brian Cox back in 1987. That sort of rocked my world. It was a remarkable production in its simplicity and its realism and passion.”

― Michael Stuhlbarg

“I had a dialect coach from the Royal Shakespeare Company who was from Sheffield.”

― Michelle Visage

“I remember playing the Royal Albert Hall, and a guy would say, ‘Ten minutes to stage time,’ and I’d get so nervous.”

― Mike Joyce

“I was always involved in the arts from a young age. I started studying classical piano at age four as a student of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.”

― Monica Raymund

“I think you have lots of actors who would much rather do a wonderful part at the Royal Shakespeare Company, but then you have to take a two-line part in a TV thing to pay the bills.”

― Morfydd Clark

“I’m not an anarchist, but I believe that people don’t want the royal family – the so-called royal family.”

― Morrissey

“The Royal family to me are not England, and they are not the flag.”

― Morrissey

“I hated the royal wedding.”

― Morrissey

“I knew a women’s Royal Rumble would happen eventually, but nobody was sure. We speculated about it in the locker room; we were all so excited.”

― Naomi

“The Royal Rumble is rich with history and one of the most popular events in WWE history.”

― Natalya Neidhart

“I have absolutely no interest in the tabloids or reporting of the royal family.”

― Naveen Andrews

“I can only perceive the royal family as an entity historically. I think I know more about the royal family from the Plantagenets in the 14th Century than the modern family.”

― Naveen Andrews

“The Red Arrows are the acrobatic division of the Royal Air Force in England.”

― Neville

“If you look at most of the Royal Houses in Europe, the inbreeding was pretty outstanding.”

― Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

“A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend.”

― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“I couldn’t be a royal. It’s like living in a supersonic goldfish bowl.”

― Ozzy Osbourne

“I still read the British papers, but I’ve never been a Royalist, ever. It’s funny, there always seems to be much more of a fascination with the Royal Family over here then there does in England.”

― Paul Bettany

“The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and CSIS have provided extraordinary co-operation, as I mentioned earlier.”

― Paul Cellucci

“I don’t like the royal family, I don’t like the establishment, I don’t like the civil service.”

― Paul Weller

“What I would love is a crossover between ‘Royal Pains’ and ‘Burn Notice,’ that we could be involved in some sort of gun play intrigue. I would really love that because we have no guns. We have nowhere near enough explosions and guns on the set.”

― Paulo Costanzo

“Growing up, it was very clear that I was a member of a royal family with a potential function later on. The question was: when and how and if?”

― Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece

“The British film industry has always tried to sell itself as something rather sophisticated. It’s almost as if it thinks it is by royal command. It has always tried to claim the high ground, not only over Hollywood but over the whole of humanity!”

― Peter Capaldi

“Authorised royal biographers are so straitjacketed, deferential, fawning, and unadventurous that they can only be after a knighthood. Or they’re completely scurrilous and insolent, like Andrew Morton or Paul Burrell.”

― Peter Morgan

“Zimbabwe is an unusual case study in African colonialism in that it was invaded by a private company under Royal Charter.”

― Petina Gappah

“I loved Gwyneth Paltrow in ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ and Reese Witherspoon in ‘Election.’ I love quirky films and characters like that.”

― Phoebe Tonkin

“I am, of course, directly descended from Brian Boru, the last king of Ireland, a fact certified by my mother and therefore beyond dispute. But as everybody else with a drop of Irish blood in his carcass is also a guaranteed descendant of the old billy goat, I am not overly arrogant because of this royal strain.”

― Preston Sturges

“When the question arose whether I, as a member of the royal family, should take part in active combat in the Falklands, there was no question in her mind, and it only took her two days to sort the issue.”

― Prince Andrew

“The Royal Family have always had an interest in a number of different areas of society. We are a part of society.”

― Prince Andrew

“I never liked the idea of the ‘Royal Family’ film. I always thought it was a rotten idea.”

― Princess Anne

“My children are not royal; they just happen to have the Queen for their aunt.”

― Princess Margaret

“’We Will Rock You’ is one of my favorite shows. I first saw it when I was a student at the Royal Academy and loved it.”

― Rachel Tucker

“Apparently, in the olden days, nawabs would get bored with their cooks very quickly and throw them out. All of them set up shop in a place called Bawarchi Tola. That’s how royal food came to the streets. I started hanging around there. That’s when I realised food is a lot more than just cooking on Sundays.”

― Ranveer Brar

“I don’t think I have enough German blood in me to get into the royal family.”

― Richard Ashcroft

“I don’t think I have had a big break, although joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1986 opened up new horizons.”

― Richard McCabe

“I went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art because it was the only drama school the social worker had ever heard of. Luckily, I got in at the first attempt.”

― Richard McCabe

“What drives me is exploration with a purpose, more the classic Royal Geographical Society genre.”

― Robert Ballard

“Louise Brown’s birth marked the end of the beginning of human IVF, acclaimed at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. This event was snubbed by some clinicians now styled as ‘pioneers’, who shouted that the test-tube claim was a fake! They did not matter.”

― Robert Edwards

“Port Royal, Jamaica, was built for pirates. The town had a well-protected harbor, corrupt politicians and townsfolk, and a set of ethics that seemed passed down from Sodom and Gomorrah.”

― Robert Kurson

“What royal families are very good at doing is surviving and reinventing themselves. That’s true whether it’s a constitutional monarchy in Britain or an authoritarian monarchy.”

― Robert Lacey

“Well, I have a CBE and I accepted it with glee because it’s not bestowed on you by the royal family, it’s not bestowed on you by the government, you have to be nominated by the public.”

― Rod Stewart

“I have a CBE, and I accepted it with glee because it’s not bestowed on you by the royal family; it’s not bestowed on you by the government; you have to be nominated by the public.”

― Rod Stewart

“My older brother is a distinguished theoretical physicist, a fellow of the Royal Society.”

― Roger Penrose

“As I walked up the imposing steps of the Royal Academy, I came fact to face with Alwen Hughes. She looked just as stunning as she had done in my first year at art school.”

― Rolf Harris

“There’s no way Daniel Bryan can beat me in a Royal Rumble match. It’s ridiculous. He’s nowhere near as heavy as me; he doesn’t have a fraction of the strength I have. There are a lot of ways that Daniel Bryan can possibly beat me.”

― Roman Reigns

“This is the deal: You win the Royal Rumble match, you go to main event WrestleMania. That’s the process.”

― Roman Reigns

“I’ve always gravitated towards opera, and the Royal Opera House is quite possibly the greatest opera house on earth.”

― Rufus Wainwright

“I have been a scientist for more than 40 years, having studied at Cambridge and Harvard. I researched and taught at Cambridge University, was a research fellow of the Royal Society, and have more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals. I am strongly pro-science.”

― Rupert Sheldrake

“Royal titles ceased to be recognised by the Indian government in 1971. The title of Nawab and Maharaja are not recognised by the Indian government anymore.”

― Saif Ali Khan

“There are no galley-slaves in the royal vessel of divine love – every man works his oar voluntarily!”

― Saint Francis de Sales

“I don’t go to royal parties or play polo on horseback. No, I don’t hang out with the posh crowd, if that makes sense.”

― Sam Claflin

“In your career, to walk away champion of the Greatest Royal Rumble would be something people will take with them for a lifetime.”

― Samoa Joe

“I’ve played the Royal Albert Hall to 8,500 people, and there wasn’t a nerve in my body.”

― Sandi Toksvig

“If inheritance tax were to be introduced for the monarch, it would mean slowly slicing away the royal assets.”

― Sarah Bradford

“I wanted to work; it’s not right for a princess of the royal house to be commercial, so Andrew and I decided to make the divorce official so I could go off and get a job.”

― Sarah Ferguson

“Michael Emerson is just a prince. There’s something about him. He’s so sweet. I don’t know how to describe it. There’s something about him that’s a bit royal.”

― Sarah Shahi

“Neil Armstrong was no Christopher Columbus. In most respects, he was better. Unlike the famous fifteenth century seafarer, Armstrong knew where he landed. He also spent his time in public service, not in jail, and his passing was marked by world-wide encomiums. He ended his days as a celebrated explorer rather than a royal inconvenience.”

― Seth Shostak

“Any big televised event that starts at the crack of dawn is worth getting up for. I’ve done it all my life: big boxing matches, royal weddings, even TV-A.M.’s inaugural episode was enjoyed in pyjamas in my house.”

― Sharon Horgan

“Salome’s of royal blood. She knows whatever she asks she’s going to get.”

― Sheryl Lee

“I combined theatre and films with live TV, such as ‘The Royal Variety Show,’ performing sketches opposite Bob Hope and Maurice Chevalier.”

― Shirley Eaton

“I saw an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Fanny and Alexander’ at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. The story is just legendary for us Danes, and it was really well done.”

― Sidse Babett Knudsen

“When I heard the royal family wanted to have me perform in celebration of Prince William’s marriage, I knew I had to give them a little something. ‘Wet’ is the perfect anthem for Prince William or any playa to get the club smokin’.”

― Snoop Dogg

“I had classical training at London’s Royal Ballet School, and my first job was with the Semperoper Dresden ballet company in Germany.”

― Sonoya Mizuno

“When I got into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, a doctor told me to give up the course as I’d be totally deaf within a couple of years. But I refused to give in.”

― Stephanie Beacham

“From the 1920s into the 1940s, Britain’s standard of living was supported by oil from Iran. British cars, trucks, and buses ran on cheap Iranian oil. Factories throughout Britain were fueled by oil from Iran. The Royal Navy, which projected British power all over the world, powered its ships with Iranian oil.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“King Frederick I of Prussia conceived the Amber Chamber in 1701 as a magnificent gift to the Russian royal family that would seal the alliance between the two powers.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“I did a lot of musicals when I was young and finally went to drama school to try and get away from doing musicals… and of course the first thing that happened when I got out is I got offered a musical. And then when I got to the Royal Shakespeare Company, which was my next job, I ended up doing a bloody musical!”

― Stephen Moyer

“Outside Buckingham Palace, the Royal Standard flies only when the reigning monarch is in residence. Sadly, there’s no similar flag outside The Woods Jupiter, which Tiger opened in the summer of 2015, spending a reported $8 million to make an upscale sports bar-and-restaurant in his image.”

― Steve Rushin

“It goes – for me – WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, Summerslam. The big three.”

― Stone Cold Steve Austin

“We say that a group united and developed in the royal way, by forces of nature, is a race; a group united and developed by way of might, by human forces, is a state. This, then, is the difference between a race or nationality and a state.”

― Sun Yat-sen

“After the 1960 royal coup, I spent time in India – including three years in prison.”

― Sushil Koirala

“I loved being at the Royal Ballet. Those choreographers, MacMillan and Ashton, they knew how to translate complicated life into choreography.”

― Sylvie Guillem

“I praise the Lord, the Sovereign of the royal realm, Who has extended his sway over the tract of the world.”

― Taliesin

“Indian classical music was born when time barely existed. It developed further within the structures of royal courts and a system of patronage where the ruler or the feudal master determined all.”

― Tariq Ali

“Certainly I would not risk a single life to restore the Kuwaiti royal family to the throne.”

― Terry Sanford

“I’ll buy an old jacket and attach gold buttons and a couple royal patches. Or I’ll find an old busted sweatshirt, tear out the zipper, and replace it with a $700 zipper. I make things my own.”

― Theophilus London

“I’ve worked in a few sort of ‘institutional’ theaters – the Royal Shakespeare, the National Theater in England – and they’re hopelessly top-heavy with bureaucracy.”

― Tim Curry

“It’s not legally possible to put an image of a member of the royal family on the Tube!”

― Tim Pigott-Smith

“Towards the end of the Lord Chamberlain’s era, when his hold was being loosened, private prosecutions began to happen. A member of staff at the Royal Court ordered to stop the play, and the police were brought in.”

― Timothy West

“No one has put in harder training to become a royal bride than the glossy-haired Kate Middleton.”

― Tina Brown

“Unlike the Kennedy dynasty, who always knew how to pay off people who might make trouble, the Windsors can’t bring themselves to part with any royal trinkets.”

― Tina Brown

“The British Isles are awash with the choice of beautiful historic churches, abbeys, and cathedrals where one king or another has tied the knot and bestowed a royal precedent.”

― Tina Brown

“Alongside my ‘no email’ policy, I resolve to make better use of the wonderful Royal Mail, and send letters and postcards to people. There is a huge pleasure in writing a letter, putting it in an envelope and sticking the stamp on it. And huge pleasure in receiving real letters, too.”

― Tom Hodgkinson

“’The Secret Agent,’ Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel about an anarchist plot to blow up the Royal Observatory at Greenwich – in fact, a scheme by a secret police agent to stir up a government backlash – has acquired a kind of cult status as the classic novel for the post-9/11 age.”

― Tom Reiss

“When you come to my show, it’s like a no-holds-barred, underground Royal Rumble.”

― Travis Scott

“Peter Hall was just organizing the Royal Shakespeare Company. It was going to be an ensemble, it was going to be in repertory, it was going to have a home in London as well as in the Midlands, and all of those things were happening at that time.”

― Trevor Nunn

“The thing that I had saved up for myself and wanted most to bring off was a fully fledged professional production of Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Stratford.”

― Trevor Nunn

“Royal Canadian Air Farce, and I was in three sketches there. And they wrote some really great stuff for me.”

― Trish Stratus

“I became completely obsessed with the Royal family, or at least the psychology behind them.”

― Vanessa Kirby

“Before filming ‘The Crown,’ I couldn’t care less about the royal family. But now… I’m obsessed.”

― Vanessa Kirby

“My uncles and my father were all in the Royal Navy. One of my uncles, as a matter of fact, was drowned in the Sea of Singapore, having been fighting for the Royal Navy behind enemy lines, Japanese lines, in the hinterland of Singapore.”

― Vanessa Redgrave

“Anger at the wealth gap is no longer about dukes in horse-drawn carriages; it’s about vast, tax-dodging corporations. This will not be assuaged by seeing the royal family claiming to live like we do. If anything, that will make us angrier.”

― Victoria Coren Mitchell

“I love trying out different cuisines. In Delhi, I love Megu at the Leela, and TK’s at the Hyatt. I also enjoy Khan Chacha’s rolls. In Mumbai, it’s Royal China and Shiro. And in Bangalore, I like the food at Bricklane.”

― Virat Kohli

“I like all the families in the U.K. But what I like about the idea of the royal family is… they seem like they’re well educated and there’s something admirable about them. And the Queen… she reminds me of my grandma.”


“The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.”

― William Blackstone

“The 5,000 or so acres of Royal Parks are one of the things that make London special.”

― Zac Goldsmith
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