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His intellect is of no more use than a pistol packed in the bottom of a trunk in the robber infested Apennines.
Prince Albert (1819-61), Consort of Queen Victoria, on Edward, Prince of Wales (1841-1910)
I am unwell. Bring me a glass of brandy.
George, Prince of Wales (1762-1830), in 1795 on having kissed for the first time his bride-to-be, Princess Caroline of Brunswick (1768-1821)
I cannot find it in me to fear a man who took ten years a-learning of his alphabet.
Elizabeth I (1533-1603) on Philip II of Spain (1527-98)
In private life he would have been called an honest blockhead.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) on George I (1660-1727)
King William blew his nose twice and wiped the royal perspiration from a face which is probably the largest uncivilised spot in England.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-94), American writer, on William IV (1765-1837)
Most gracious Queen, we thee implore To go away and sin no more, But if that effort be too great, To go away at any rate.
Anon, epigram on Caroline of Brunswick (1768-1821), wife of George IV
My dear firstborn is the greatest ass, and the greatest liar and the greatest canaille and the greatest beast in the whole world and I most heartily wish he were out of it.
Queen Caroline (1683-1737) on her son Frederick, Prince of Wales (1707-51)
No danger. For no man in England would take away my life to make you king.
Charles II (1630-85) to his brother the Duke of York (1633-1701) on being warned by him of the danger of walking about unprotected
Now at least I know where he is.
Queen Alexandra (1844-1925) to Lord Esher shortly after her husband Edward VII (1841-1910) had died
Nowadays a parlour maid as ignorant as Queen Victoria was when she came to the throne would be classed as mentally defective.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) on Queen Victoria (1819-1901)
Queen Anne was one of the smallest people ever set in a great place.
Walter Bagehot (1826-77), British constitutional historian, on Queen Anne (1665-1714)
Queen Victoria was a like a great paper-weight that for half a century sat upon men's minds, and when she was removed their ideas began to blow all over the place haphazardly.
H.G. Wells (1866-1946) on Queen Victoria (1819-1901)
She was happy as the dey was long.
Chief Justice Lord Norbury on Queen Caroline's affair with the Muslim Dey of Algiers in 1820
Strip your Louis Quatorze of his king gear, and there is left nothing but a poor forked radish with a head fantastically carved.
Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian and essayist, on Louis XIV (1638-1715)
The church's wet nurse, Goody Anne.
Horace Walpole (1717-97), British letter writer and memoirist, on Queen Anne (1665-1714)
The most notorious whore in all the world.
Peter Wentworth, English MR on Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-87)
The plain truth is, that he was a most intolerable ruffian, a disgrace to human nature, and a blot of blood and grease upon the History of England.
Charles Dickens (1812-70) on Henry VIII (1491-1547)
The wisest fool in Christendom.
Henri IV (1553-1610), first Bourbon King of France, on James I (1566-1625) of England
Throughout the greater part of his life, George III was a kind of consecrated obstruction.
Walter Bagehot (1826-77), English historian, on George III (1738-1820)
Very sorry can't come. Lie follows by post.
Telegram from Charles Beresford to the Prince of Wales (1894-1972), later Edward VIII, following a dinner invitation at short notice
What is there in the delivering over of a purgid blockhead and an unprincipled prostitute into the hands of the hangman that it should arrest for a moment attention.
Robert Burns (1759-96) on the execution of Louis XVI (1754-93) and Marie Antoinette (1755-93)
Who is this Pope I hear so much about? I cannot discover what is his merit. Why will my subjects not write in prose?
George II (1683-1760), on Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British poet
Yes. I do think the bloom of her ugliness is going off.
Colonel Disbrowe, chamberlain to Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, on the slight improvement in her looks as she grew older
You have sent me a Flanders mare.
Henry VIII on seeing Anne of Cleves (1515-57) for the first time

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