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Queen Elizabeth I (Character)
from Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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The Golden Age (2007)
Queen Elizabeth I: Are you here to tell me I must murder a Queen?
Sir Walter Raleigh: I would never presume to tell my Queen what to do. Only you know where your duty lies.
Queen Elizabeth I: Was it my father's duty to murder my mother? She was a Queen, for a time. Oh, I would be loath to die such so bloody a death.
Sir Walter Raleigh: Since when were you so afraid?
Queen Elizabeth I: I'm always afraid.
Sir Walter Raleigh: Kill a Queen and all Queens are mortal. We mortals have many weaknesses: we feel too much, hurt too much, all too soon we die, but we do have the chance of love.
Queen Elizabeth I: Do we? I have given England my life. Must she also have my soul?

Queen Elizabeth I: Go back to your rathole! Tell Philip I fear neither him, nor his priests, nor his armies. Tell him if he wants to shake his little fist at us, we're ready to give him such a bite he'll wish he'd kept his hands in his pockets!
Don Guerau De Spes: You see a leaf fall, and you think you know which way the wind blows. Well, there is a wind coming, Madame, that will sweep away your pride.
[turns to leave with his ministers]
Queen Elizabeth I: I, too, can command the wind, sir! I have a hurricane in me that will strip Spain bare if you dare to try me!

Queen Elizabeth I: Please, just give me hope.
Dr. John Dee: The forces that shape our world are greater than all of us, Majesty. How can I promise that they'll conspire in your favor even though you are the Queen? But this much I know. When the storm breaks, each man acts in accordance with his own nature. Some are dumb with terror. Some flee. Some hide. And some spread their wings like eagles and soar on the wind.
Queen Elizabeth I: You are a wise man, Dr. Dee.
Dr. John Dee: And you, Madame, are a very great lady.

[from trailer]
Queen Elizabeth I: By God, England will not fall while I am Queen.

[from trailer]
Queen Elizabeth I: Spain intends to place Mary Stuart on our country's throne, and I am to be assassinated. Does this sound familiar?

Queen Elizabeth I: How many Catholics are there in England, sir?
Cabinet Minister #1: [snorting] Immense numbers, Majesty.
Cabinet Minister #2: Half the nation cling to the old superstitions.
Queen Elizabeth I: What would you have me do? Hang half the people in England, or just imprison them?
Cabinet Minister #2: We must act, Majesty! Our inaction is perceived as weakness!
Queen Elizabeth I: If my people break the law, they shall be punished. Until that day, they shall be protected.
Cabinet Minister #1: Majesty, we have proven reason to fear every Catholic in the...
Queen Elizabeth I: [cutting in] Fear creates fear. I am not ignorant of the dangers, sir. But I will not punish my people for their beliefs. Only for their deeds. I am assured that the people of England love their Queen. My constant endeavor is to earn that love.

Sir Francis Walsingham: Forgive me, Your Majesty, I have failed you.
Queen Elizabeth I: How have you failed me? What am I to forgive you for?
Sir Francis Walsingham: Phillip of Spain is a God-fearing man who cannot declare war without a just cause. I intercepted every letter Mary Stuart secretly dispatched, but failed to see Spain knew I was reading them. They waited for her to write the words that in my eyes would confirm her treason.
Sir Francis Walsingham: [ashamed] Forgive me. I am trapped in my own web.
Queen Elizabeth I: And I ordered Mary's execution. I murdered God's anointed Queen. And now God's most dutiful son makes Holy War to punish me.

Queen Elizabeth I: [during a briefing with Walsingham and Bess] We shall have to look out a husband for you soon, Bess.
Elizabeth Throckmorton: Not too soon, my lady.
Sir Francis Walsingham: There are husbands to be had.
Queen Elizabeth I: [to Bess] Don't you want to be married?
Elizabeth Throckmorton: I'll want the marriage if I want the man.

Sir Christopher Hatton: Be warned by the atrocities in France! God-fearing Christians murdered by Papist cut-throats inflamed by hatred of the truth!
Lord Howard: We know the Catholics take their orders from Spain. The Spanish speak openly of Mary Stuart as Queen of England in waiting.
Queen Elizabeth I: [sharply] Mary Stuart is a Queen cast out by her own ungrateful nation.
Sir Christopher Hatton: With respect, Majesty: a Catholic Queen. Your loyal Protestant supporters don't understand why Mary Stuart lives under our protection at our expense. Very considerable expense.
Queen Elizabeth I: Mary Stuart is my cousin. She is our guest. And she is under our control.
Lord Howard: But while she lives, Majesty, she is a beacon that draws our enemies' eyes and hopes.
Queen Elizabeth I: [speculating] While she lives?
Sir Christopher Hatton: She is the poison at the heart of England. The poison must be cut out.
Queen Elizabeth I: You'd have me make a martyr of her. What is her crime?

Queen Elizabeth I: We all know that if I fall you all come tumbling down with me.

Queen Elizabeth I: May we have wisdom not to fear shadows in the night, and courage when the day of danger truly dawns.

Queen Elizabeth I: [to her army, lined up in front of her at Tilbury] My loving people. We see the sails of the enemy approaching. We hear the Spanish guns over the water. Soon now, we will meet them face-to-face. I am resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all. While we stand together no invader shall pass. Let them come with the armies of Hell; they will not pass! And when this day of battle is ended, we meet again in heaven or on the field of victory.

Sir Francis Walsingham: Mary Stuart must die!
Queen Elizabeth I: MUST? Mary Stuart must die? Where is written? Who says so? Have I ordered it?
Sir Francis Walsingham: Majesty, this is no time for mercy.
Queen Elizabeth I: [shouting] Don't preach at me, old man!

[after an expedition in the New World, Raleigh has founded a colony]
Sir Walter Raleigh: We have named it Virginia, after our Virgin Queen.
Queen Elizabeth I: "Virginia"? And when I am married, will you rename it to "Conjugia"?

Queen Elizabeth I: In some other world, in some other time, could you have loved me?
Sir Walter Raleigh: I know only one world and in this world, I have loved you.

Queen Elizabeth I: There's something you could do for me - something I have not known for a very long time. But it's not to be spoken of afterwards. It must be forgotten. But just for now, a kiss?
[Raleigh kisses Elizabeth]
Queen Elizabeth I: I die.

Sir Walter Raleigh: [Raleigh's horse runs ahead] Forgive me, Majesty, my horse doesn't seem to know his place yet.
Queen Elizabeth I: Have you ever known your place, Mr. Raleigh?

Sir Walter Raleigh: I think it must be hard for so great a Queen to know the simple pleasure of being liked for herself.
Queen Elizabeth I: Now you grow dull.

Queen Elizabeth I: I will not be a toy of the fates! Have I not faced an assassin's bullet and lived?

Sir Walter Raleigh: [throws his coat in the road] A puddle in the way, Majesty.
Queen Elizabeth I: A puddle.
[keeps walking]
Queen Elizabeth I: Puddle.
[laughs]

Sir Christopher Hatton: [the Archduke Charles of Austria's portrait is presented as a possible suitor] An Austrian alliance would keep France quiet.
Sir Francis Walsingham: And put Philip on a leash.
Queen Elizabeth I: I've become almost enthusiastic. Send for him.

Queen Elizabeth I: How much longer do you think I can play this game, Francis?
Sir Francis Walsingham: Virginity is an asset that holds its value well.

Queen Elizabeth I: [in German] You play the game very well, my young friend. But don't you sometimes feel an overwhelming desire to say what you're really thinking?
Archduke Charles: I daren't even think what I'm really thinking.

Queen Elizabeth I: I have a secret, my dear. I pretend there's a pane of glass between me and them. They can see me, but they cannot touch me. You should try it.

Queen Elizabeth I: Do we discover the New World or does the New World discover us?
Sir Walter Raleigh: You speak like a true explorer.

Queen Elizabeth I: I suspect him of being a professional charmer. Am I right?
Elizabeth Throckmorton: He is certainly charming, my lady.
Queen Elizabeth I: Well, there are duller professions. You like him, don't you?
Elizabeth Throckmorton: He's a man that lives in a world far beyond the court. It's refreshing.
Queen Elizabeth I: Well, we shall let him come again.

Queen Elizabeth I: More lines on my face. Where do they come from?
Elizabeth Throckmorton: Smile lines, my lady.
Queen Elizabeth I: Smile lines? When do I ever smile?

Queen Elizabeth I: [speaking about Walter Raleigh] He interests me, talk to him.
Elizabeth Throckmorton: Him, Your Majesty?
Queen Elizabeth I: [smiling] Him.

Queen Elizabeth I: [smiling] The volta, I require all my ladies to learn it.

Queen Elizabeth I: [to Raleigh] I like your immensities. Your ocean is an image of Eternity, I think. Such great spaces make us small. Do we discover the New World, Mr. Raleigh, or does it discover us?

Queen Elizabeth I: I've heard it's customary to have a husband before producing an heir.

Don Guerau De Spes: Excuse me, Your Majesty. The air has become stale. I am sensitive to the smell of an open sewer.
[He stares at Raleigh and leaves]
Queen Elizabeth I: [to Raleigh] I cannot accept the fruits of piracy, Mr. Raleigh.
Sir Walter Raleigh: Philip of Spain is no friend of England, Majesty. The more gold I take from him, the safer you will be.
Queen Elizabeth I: Queen Elizabeth I: Well well - a political pirate.

Sir Walter Raleigh: You like your ladies to jump at your command?
Queen Elizabeth I: Do you think that way? To tell you the truth, I'm very very tired of always being in control.
Sir Walter Raleigh: Nonsense!
Queen Elizabeth I: What?
Sir Walter Raleigh: You eat and drink control.
Queen Elizabeth I: Is that so?

Queen Elizabeth I: Male desire confers no distinction.

Queen Elizabeth I: My bitches wear my collars!

Queen Elizabeth I: [Pointing at Sir Walter] This man has seduced a ward of the Queen
[Pointing at Bess]
Queen Elizabeth I: and she has married without royal consent. These offences are punishable by law. Arrest him! GO!
[Walsingham bows at the Queen, looks at Raleigh, and starts to leave with him]

Queen Elizabeth I: I like you, Mr. Raleigh.
Sir Walter Raleigh: [as she walks away] And I like you.
Queen Elizabeth I: [turning back] You know, of course, that when I like a man, I reward him.
Sir Walter Raleigh: I have heard that.
Queen Elizabeth I: And what have you to say about it?
Sir Walter Raleigh: Reward my mission, majesty, not me.
Queen Elizabeth I: Is the mission not the man?
Sir Walter Raleigh: Then you leave me free to like you in return.

Sir Walter Raleigh: How am I to win the Queen's favor?
Elizabeth Throckmorton: Why should I tell you that?
Sir Walter Raleigh: I've little enough to offer, but whatever I have to give, ask and it's yours.
Elizabeth Throckmorton: Say what you mean to say as plainly as possible. All men flatter the Queen in hope of advancement. Pay her the compliment of truth.

Elizabeth Throckmorton: The puddle man is outside, Majesty.

Sir Walter Raleigh: It is something, after all, to take a blank on the map and build there a shining city.
Elizabeth Throckmorton: Which you will, no doubt, name after yourself.
Sir Walter Raleigh: No doubt.


Elizabeth (1998)
[Offering Elizabeth his coat before putting her in the tower]
Arundel: Madam, you are cold.
Elizabeth: I do not need your pity.
Arundel: Accept it, then, for my sake.
Elizabeth: Thank you. I shall not forget this kindness.

Queen Mary: Why will you not confess your crimes against me?
Elizabeth: Because, Your Majesty, I have committed none.
Queen Mary: You speak with such sincerity. I see you are still a consummate actress. My husband is gone. They have poisoned my child. They say it is a tumor.
[Moans in pain]
Elizabeth: Madam, you are not well.
Queen Mary: They say this cancer will make you queen, but they are wrong. Look there, it is your death warrant. All I need do is sign it.
Elizabeth: Mary, if you sign that paper you will be murdering your own sister.

Queen Mary: When I look at you I see nothing of the king, only that whore, your mother. My father never did anything so well as to cut off her head.
Elizabeth: Your Majesty forgets he was also my father.

Sir Francis Walsingham: All Norfolk need do is sign this paper and treason will have been committed.
Elizabeth: Then let him sign it, and let it all be done.

Elizabeth: I have rid England of her enemies. What do I do now? Am I to be made of stone? Must I be touched by nothing?

Elizabeth: Aye, but marry who, Your Grace? Would you give me some suggestion? For some say France and others Spain, and some cannot abide foreigners at all. So I am not sure how best to please you unless I married one of each.
[laughter]
Noble: Now Your Majesty does make fun of the sanctity of marriage.
Elizabeth: I do not think *you* should lecture me on that, my lord, since you yourself have been *twice divorced*... and are now upon your third wife!
[laughter]

Elizabeth: This is the Lord's doing. And it is marvelous in our eyes.

Elizabeth: When I am queen, I promise... to act as my conscience dictates.
Queen Mary: Well do not think to be queen at all!

Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley: Forgive me, Madam, but you are only a woman...
Elizabeth: [cuts him off firmly] I may be a woman, Sir William, but if I choose I have the heart of a man! I am my father's daughter. I am not afraid of anything.

Elizabeth: Kat... I have become a virgin.

Elizabeth: Tonight I think I die.

[last lines]
Elizabeth: Observe, Lord Burghley, I am married... to England.

Lord Robert: Marry me.
Elizabeth: On a night such as this, could any woman say no?
Lord Robert: On a night such as this, could a queen say no?
Elizabeth: Does not a queen sit under the same stars as any other woman?

Elizabeth: [referring to Dudley] He shall be kept alive to always remind me of how close I came to danger.

Elizabeth: There will be no more talk of marriage.

Elizabeth: Just tell me why.
Lord Robert: Why? Madam, is it not plain enough to you? 'Tis no easy thing to be loved by the queen. It would corrupt the soul of any man.

[on the Virgin Mary]
Elizabeth: She had such power over men's hearts. They died for her.
Sir Francis Walsingham: They have found nothing to replace her.

Elizabeth: I do not like wars. They have uncertain outcomes.

Elizabeth: Invite the Duke of Anjou. We shall see him in flesh.
[She runs after Lord Robert, who is not happy with the news]
Monsieur de Foix: The Duke will not take kindly to a rival for his suit.
Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley: He is a traitor and his father before him. Lord Robert's head will end up on a spike, not on the pillow of a Queen.

Lord Robert: When you are Queen...
Elizabeth: I am not...
[whispering]
Elizabeth: I am not Queen yet!
Lord Robert: You will be. Elizabeth, Queen of England. A court to worship you, a country to obey you, poems written celebrating your beauty, music composed in your honor, and they will mean nothing to you. I will mean nothing to you.
Elizabeth: [laughs gaily] How could you ever be nothing to me? Robert, you know you are everything to me.

Duc d'Anjou: [as he stands before Elizabeth and entourage in a dress, speaking in a heavy French accent] What? Huh? What? Wha-do, what? You stare, Madame.
[snorts]
Duc d'Anjou: What is it, do you see... somesthings... strange perhaps? Heh-heh... Hmm?
Elizabeth: You are wearing a dress, Your Grace.
Duc d'Anjou: Oh, yes, I am wearing a dress! Yes, yes, I'm wearing a dress! Wha- I wear a dress like this, my mother, and you... Hm-hm. But I only dress like this-a, when I'm alone, in private, with my friends... Hmm?
Elizabeth: Your Grace.
[approaches and offers her hand for him to kiss, which he reluctantly does]
Elizabeth: Although my affection for you is undiminished, I have, after an agonizing struggle, determined to sacrifice my own happiness for the welfare of my people.
Duc d'Anjou: [sarcastically, fully expecting her rejection] Oh! My God, ha-ha...

Lord Robert: Monsignor Alvaro! Monsignor Alvaro! Monsignor Alvaro, tell me. As well as ambassador, are you not also a bishop?
De la Quadra: I am, my lord.
Lord Robert: [referring to himself and Elizabeth] Then you can marry us!
De la Quadra: Marry *you*?
Elizabeth: [laughing] Perhaps he does not know enough English to perform the ceremony!

[Elizabeth presents her ideas of religious reform to Parliament; the bishops are outraged and begin to argue]
First Bishop: Madam, by this act... by this act, you force us to relinquish our allegiance to the Holy Father.
Elizabeth: How can I force you, Your Grace? I am a woman.
[Bishops laugh]
Elizabeth: I have no desire to make windows into men's souls. I simply ask, can any man, in truth, serve two masters, and be faithful to both?
[Bishops start to argue again]
Bishop #2: Madam, this-this is heresy!
Elizabeth: No, Your Grace, this is... common sense.
[Bishops murmur in semi-agreement]
Elizabeth: Which is a most English virtue.
[Bishops laugh]

Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley: Now, I really must...
Elizabeth: The word "must" is not used to princes!

Lord Robert: For God's sake, you are still my Elizabeth.
Elizabeth: I am not your Elizabeth. I am no man's Elizabeth. And if you think to rule, you are mistaken.
Elizabeth: [to all]
Elizabeth: I will have one mistress here... and no master.


"Black-Adder II: Chains (#1.6)" (1986)
Blackadder: Get out, get out libidinous swine! And take that horse-slut painted strumpet with you. May you both rot in the filth of your own fornication!
Queen Elizabeth I: And what did you say to him?
Blackadder: Say, Madam? I said nothing. I simply pulled up my tights and jumped out of the privy window.
Queen Elizabeth I: Oh Edmund, you're so naughty!
Blackadder: Well, I try, Madam. And then, ten minutes later when I've got my breath back, I try again.

Blackadder: Well, as you know, Madam, I have had experience of this dreadful situation. Only last year my aunt came to me to beg for help in the ransom of my Uncle Osric.
Lord Melchett: Well, then you know something of the dreadful pain involved.
Blackadder: Indeed I do. And can suggest no better answer than the one I gave to her.
Queen Elizabeth I: Which was?
Blackadder: "Get stuffed."

Queen Elizabeth I: [Speaking of Edmund:] Well then he's vanished. Simply vanished.
Lord Percy Percy: Like an old oak table.
Queen Elizabeth I: Vanished, Lord Percy, not varnished.

Queen Elizabeth I: Lord Percy...
Lord Percy Percy: Yes?
Queen Elizabeth I: It's up to you. Either you can shut up, or you can have your head cut off.
Lord Percy Percy: [thinks for a few seconds] I'll shut up.

Queen Elizabeth I: Oh I don't know, I've looked everywhere.
Lord Percy Percy: [concentrating intensely] Perhaps... they're not... hiding... at all! Perhaps they've been kidnapped!
Queen Elizabeth I: Nonsense! As Edmund said, "Only real idiots get kidnapped."

Blackadder: We told him that if the queen was having a party, that Nursie always goes as a cow. From that moment, he was doomed. All we had to do was escape, return, and kill the cow.
Queen Elizabeth I: How could you be sure it was not Nursie?
Blackadder: Because, lady, Ludwig was a master of disguise. Whereas Nursie is a sad, insane old woman with an udder fixation. All we had to do was kill the one that looked like the cow.

Queen Elizabeth: And me, did you miss me Edmund?
Blackadder: Madam, life without you is like a broken pencil.
Queen Elizabeth: Explain...
Blackadder: Pointless.

[At the Queen's costume party, Baldrick is crouched with two pencils up his nose]
Queen Elizabeth: What are you meant to be?
Baldrick: A pencil case.

Queen Elizabeth: Unfortunately, apart from my nose getting a little prettier, nothing much has changed around here. Your animal still isn't housetrained, Percy's still unemployed, and Nursie's one stick short of a bundle.
Nursie: Moo!


Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Queen Elizabeth: You are an eager boy. Did you like the play?
John Webster: I liked it when she stabbed herself, Your Majesty.

Queen Elizabeth: Mr. Tilney! Have a care with my name - you will wear it out!

Queen Elizabeth: [after inspecting Viola] Have her then, but you're a lordly fool. She's been plucked since I saw her last, and not by you... it takes a woman to know it.
Lord Wessex: [angrily] Marlowe!

Queen Elizabeth: I know something of a woman in a man's profession. Yes, by God, I do know about that.

Lord Wessex: How is this to end?
Queen Elizabeth: As stories must when love's denied: with tears and a journey.

Queen Elizabeth: Fifty pounds! A very worthy sum on a very worthy question. Can a play show us the very truth and nature of love? I bear witness to the wager, and will be the judge of it as occasion arises. I have not seen anything to settle it yet.

Queen Elizabeth: And tell Master Shakespeare, something more cheerful next time, for Twelfth Night.

Queen Elizabeth: Playwrights teach us nothing about love. They make it pretty, they make it comical, or they make it lust, but they cannot make it true.
Viola De Lesseps: Oh, but they can!

Queen Elizabeth: [to Lord Wessex, about Viola] Have her, then, but you are a lordly fool. She's been plucked since I saw her last, and not by you.


Time Flies (1944)
Queen Elizabeth: Thou dost *own* the Americas?
Tommy: All the Stars and most of the Stripes.

Queen Elizabeth: This Manhattan territory... is mine!
Tommy: Sold! Shall we put it down to 500 guineas?
Queen Elizabeth: Your reward shall be greater than that! I hereby appoint you: *First* Gentleman of the Bedchamber.
Tommy: But, but I've already got a handle to me name. But... b-, whose, er, whose bedchamber is it?
Queen Elizabeth: Our *Rrroyal* Bedchamber.
Tommy: Oh, couldn't I have the 500 guineas?
Queen Elizabeth: No!

Queen Elizabeth: [after Tommy has taught her the racket] Come, Dame Margaret. Thou shalt pit thy wits against mine. The stake - shall be the baulbles thou wearest. Keep thy peepers on the little ball.
Dame Margaret: But, Your Majesty, I, ah...
Tommy: You heard.
Queen Elizabeth: Aye. Thou heardest.

Queen Elizabeth: [to Susie Barton who is disguised as Capt. John Smith] Then, Captain Smith, it will please thee to know that thy shipmate hath *sold* the Americas to us.
Susie Barton: Oh, he hath, hath he?
Tommy: Yeth.

Queen Elizabeth: I have improved on thy game. The little ball lurks not under any shell. I have cast it awaaayyy.
Tommy: Well, I... it's lucky I didn't teach you strip poker.

Queen Elizabeth: Let the witch speak!
Susie Barton: What'd you call me?
Bill Barton: No, no, no, nooo. She said a "witch".
Susie Barton: Oh. Very well. We'll kickoff with a song.


The Virgin Queen (1955)
Queen Elizabeth I: It is I who makes the policy of this realm, I and I alone!

Queen Elizabeth I: And what is your next campaign?
Sir Walter Raleigh: I've already launched on it, Ma'am. My next campaign is you.

French Ambassador: May I compliment you, Madame, on this most beautiful palace? There is no other like it in all of Europe.
Queen Elizabeth I: It was my father's. I'll tell him when I see him.
French Ambassador: [not fully understanding her answer] Yes... but King Henry is dead. Madame jests?
Queen Elizabeth I: Madame never jests.

Queen Elizabeth I: There can be no funeral without a corpse.

[the Queen enters as Raleigh is on his knees trying to pick up Beth Throgmorton's broken pearl necklace]
Queen Elizabeth I: [to Beth] Is this your pet swine? You've cast your pearls before him.


"Black-Adder II: Beer (#1.5)" (1986)
[Elizabeth has coerced Blackadder into having a drinking party that night. He is trying to get it postponed a day because his rich Puritan relatives will be visiting]
Queen Elizabeth: I know why you want to get out of it, because I remember the last time you had a party. I found you face-down in a puddle, wearing a pointy hat and singing a song about goblins.
Blackadder: Yes, all right! All right! Tonight it is!
Queen Elizabeth: Oh, Edmund... I do love it when you get cross. Sometimes I think about having you executed just to see the expression on your face.

Queen Elizabeth: [about Lord Melchett, who is drunk] He was banging on the castle gates and falling over, and singing a curious song about a girl who possessed something called... a dicky-dido?

Simon Partridge: [as Queen Elizabeth emerges from the closet] Whoa, another stripper.
Geoffrey Piddle: [as Lord Whiteadder also appears] And a male stripper!
Monk: Oh yes, this is much more like it!
[removes The Queen's cloak, revealing her identity]
Simon Partridge: And she's come dressed as the queen.
Geoffrey Piddle: Sexy!
Queen Elizabeth: [indignant] Do you know who I am?
Blackadder: [entering] Yes. I know who you are.
Geoffrey Piddle: Who?
Blackadder: You're Merlin, the Happy Pig.
Queen Elizabeth: Wrong, I'm afraid. I am the Queen of England.
[they all kneel]
Queen Elizabeth: I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman. But I have the heart and stomach of a concrete elephant.
Simon Partridge: Prove it!
Queen Elizabeth: [playfully] Certainly will.
[picks up a large mug of beer]
Queen Elizabeth: First I'm going to have a little drinkie, and then I'm going to execute the whole bally lot of you.


Young Bess (1953)
Thomas Seymour: If you were queen of England, what would you do, eh? Would you give your admiral the opportunity to do great deeds?
Young Bess: I'd give him the opportunities he never dared to dream about. I'd send him around the globe as the Portuguese do. I'd send him to the New World to let the Spaniards know that they are no longer masters of it.
Thomas Seymour: That won't be easy. We're a small country, Bess.
Young Bess: That can be remedied, Tom. It CAN be remedied!

Ann Seymour: Do not attempt to confuse me by using words beyond my understanding.
Young Bess: I am sorry, madame, but they are difficult to avoid.

Young Bess: I warn you, madam!
Ann Seymour: Who are you to warn me?
Young Bess: My mother's daughter!


"Black-Adder II: Potato (#1.3)" (1986)
Queen Elizabeth: It's him. Oh, God. Do I look absolutely divine and regal, and yet and at the same time very pretty and rather accessible?

Queen Elizabeth: Oh, and Edmund was right. You do smell like fish. PHOOHEY!

Queen Elizabeth: [knock at door] Who is it?
Lord Melchett: It is I, your majesty.
Queen Elizabeth: Stop! Close your eyes. Now enter.
[Blackadder and Melchett enter. Melchett has his hand over his eyes]
Queen Elizabeth: [doing a very bad imitation of a sailor] Ahoy there me shivering matey, heave-ho.
[normal voice]
Queen Elizabeth: Right, now open your eyes.
Lord Melchett: [uncovers eyes] Thank you ma'am. And um...
[looks around room]
Queen Elizabeth: [practically squealing with delight] What's the matter Melchie?
Lord Melchett: [very obviously humouring her] Well I beg your pardon your majesty, but I was hoping to greet the gallant young sailor who hallooed me as I came in. Perchance he has hauled anchor and sailed away.
Queen Elizabeth: [mischievously] No. It was me!
Lord Melchett: Majesty! Surely not.
Blackadder: You utter creep.


The Sea Hawk (1940)
[last lines]
Queen Elizabeth: And now, my loyal subjects, a grave duty confronts us all: To prepare our nation for a war that none of us wants, least of all your queen. We have tried by all means in our power to avert this war. We have no quarrel with the people of Spain or of any other country; but when the ruthless ambition of a man threatens to engulf the world, it becomes the solemn obligation of all free men to affirm that the earth belongs not to any one man, but to all men, and that freedom is the deed and title to the soil on which we exist. Firm in this faith, we shall now make ready to meet the great armada that Philip sends against us. To this end, I pledge you ships - ships worthy of our seamen - a mighty fleet, hewn out of the forests of England; a navy foremost in the world - not only in our time, but for generations to come.
Carl Pitt: [leading a cheer] To England, and the Queen!

[at court, Thorpe explains that he stopped the Spanish ship and freed Englishmen being held as slaves]
Queen Elizabeth: So you have taken it upon yourself to remedy the defects of Spanish justice?
Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe: Insofar as it lies within my power, yes, your Grace.
Queen Elizabeth: And you conceive it to be part of your... mission to assault and loot the ship of an ambassador to the court? Captain Thorpe, do you imagine that we are at war with Spain?
Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe: Your Grace, Spain is at war with the world.
[the other Sea Hawk captains and the people in the court murmur approval]
Queen Elizabeth: Enough of this! Listen to me, every one of you! Never again will you dare - in my presence - to condone your crimes under the mask of patriotism. No more of such talk, do you hear? And for the future let me warn you... that any unwarranted attack upon the person or property of Spanish subjects will cost the guilty party his head! His head, is that clear?

[after Capt. Thorpe tells the Queen his plan to ambush the Spanish in Panama]
Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe: Madam, our plunder would be the richest prize ever brought back to England.
Queen Elizabeth: Could such a plan possibly succeed?
Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe: It would have one chance of success: if the Spanish were taken by complete surprise. Have I your permission to try, Madam?
Queen Elizabeth: [she paces and considers his plan] Captain Thorpe, if you undertook such a venture you would do so without the approval of the Queen of England. But you would take with you the grateful affection of Elizabeth.
Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe: Then, Madam, I shall take with me that which I prize above all things.


"Elizabeth R: The Lion's Cub (#1.1)" (1971)
Queen Elizabeth I: I may not be a lion, but I am a lion's cub, and I have a lion's heart.

Queen Elizabeth I: This is the Lord's doing. It is marvelous in our eyes!

Mary I: You look at me with the eyes of your mother. Who said of my mother, "She will be my death, or I hers." And when my mother lay dead, and they took her heart from her body, they found at the heart's centre a black and terrible core!
Queen Elizabeth I: Madame, Madame, I beg you - let the past be buried.
Mary I: No water would wash away the blackness of that thing that had stopped my mother's heart. And it came there by foul practices of witchcraft!
Queen Elizabeth I: God forbid that should be true!


Mary of Scotland (1936)
Queen Elizabeth I: You were born too close to my throne.

Queen Elizabeth I: Rebellion! How I hate that word!


The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
Queen Elizabeth I: ...the necessities of a queen must transcend those of a woman.

Queen Elizabeth I: And when he takes you in his arms again, thank heaven you are not a queen.
Mistress Margaret Radcliffe: But I thought to be a queen...
Queen Elizabeth I: To be a Queen is to be less than human, to put pride before desire, to search Men's hearts for tenderness, and find only ambition. To cry out in the dark for one unselfish voice, to hear only the dry rustle of papers of state. To turn to one's beloved with stars for eyes and have him see behind me only the shadow of the executioner's block. A queen has no hour for love, time presses, and events crowd upon her, and her shell, an empty glittering husk, she must give up all the a woman holds most dear.


Orlando (1992)
Orlando's Father: Now, what would please you? All that is mine is here for your pleasure.
Queen Elizabeth I: All you call yours is mine already.

Queen Elizabeth I: [conferring the family estate upon Orlando] For you and for your heirs, Orlando: the house.
Orlando: Your Majesty, I am forever...
Queen Elizabeth I: But on one condition. Do not fade. Do not wither. Do not grow old.


"Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor" (2013)
Tenth Doctor: [pulling out a device] Ding!
Elizabeth I: What's that?
Tenth Doctor: It's a machine that goes... ding! Made it myself. Lights up in the presence of shapeshifting DNA. Also, it can microwave frozen dinners from up to 20 feet and download comics from the future. I never know when to stop.

Elizabeth I: I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman... but at the time, so did the Zygon.


"Elizabeth I: Episode #1.2" (2005)
Queen Elizabeth I: What I must not say is that I love you. The more I let you go the more I seem to have need of you. And it will not go away no matter how much I command it. Do you think the Queen is mistress of her feelings? Oh no, she's a fool for love. A hopeless fool.


"Elizabeth R: Sweet England's Pride (#1.6)" (1971)
Sir Robert Cecil: Ma'am, for the sake of the people you must go to bed
Queen Elizabeth I: Little Man, the word must is not used to Princes


Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988) (TV)
Queen Elizabeth I: I want a present! Give me something nice and shiny! And if you don't, I've got something nice and shiny for you and it's called an axe.


"Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Code (#3.2)" (2007)
The Doctor: Queen Elizabeth I!
Queen Elizabeth: Doctor!
The Doctor: [surprised] What?
Queen Elizabeth: My sworn enemy!
The Doctor: What?
Queen Elizabeth: Off with his head!
The Doctor: WHAT?


"Black-Adder II: Head (#1.2)" (1986)
Lord Melchett: Gray, I suspect, Majesty.
Queen Elizabeth I: I think you'll find it was orange, Lord Melchett.
Lord Melchett: Gray is more usual, Ma'am.
Queen Elizabeth I: Who's Queen?
Lord Melchett: As you say, Majesty. There were these magnificent orange elephants...


Fire Over England (1937)
Spanish Ambassador: If your majesty will not hear words, we must come to cannon and see if you will hear them.
Queen Elizabeth I of England: If you use threats of that kind, I will chase you out of my kingdom.
Spanish Ambassador: But, your grace. You MUST listen.
Queen Elizabeth I of England: Must? Little man, little man, must is NOT a word to use to princes. Our council shall confer with you. Meanwhile, go home and be quiet!


"Elizabeth R: The Enterprise of England (#1.5)" (1971)
Queen Elizabeth I: There is only one Jesus Christ, one faith. All else is a dispute over titles.


"The Tudors: You Have My Permission (#4.6)" (2010)
Lady Elizabeth: [to Mary] As God is my witness, I shall never marry... never!


"Elizabeth R: The Marriage Game (#1.2)" (1971)
Robert Dudley: When you were 8 years old, you told me you would never marry. I did not believe you.
Queen Elizabeth I: You have forgotten what happened when I was 8 years old.
Robert Dudley: Catherine Howard?
Queen Elizabeth I: She was always kind to me. More like a sister than a stepmother. She tried to reach my father to beg for her life... but they wouldn't let her speak to him. He was her husband, but they wouldn't let her speak to him. They dragged her away, and then they cut off her head. I learned then how dangerous life was.
Robert Dudley: You and I both know what it is to have an axe fall very close to our own heads... and yet to LIVE!
Queen Elizabeth I: But never to live SAFELY again.
Robert Dudley: Yielding can bring a kind of safety. You would learn that on our wedding night.
Queen Elizabeth I: As my mother did?
Robert Dudley: Elizabeth!
Queen Elizabeth I: As I am now, I owe my life to no man's goodwill. Except the goodwill of the people... and I have always known how to keep that.


Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)
William Cecil: But with Dudley comes the future crown of England. No true monarch will turn her back on that, not even Mary of Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth: That monarch is first a woman.
William Cecil: You would never ignore such an offer for a pretty fellow.
Queen Elizabeth: This woman is first a monarch.


"Elizabeth R: Horrible Conspiracies (#1.4)" (1971)
Queen Elizabeth I: You are recovered,then, Sir Francis?
Walsingham: Thank you, madam. The pain is less severe.
Queen Elizabeth I: And the deed is done. Your work is accomplished. The dog died, did you know? The terrier? It refused food, grew thin and died. The dog and its mistress, both dead.
Walsingham: There was no other path, Majesty. You acted with great wisdom.
Queen Elizabeth I: You think there is great wisdom in killing a queen?
Walsingham: She is at rest,madam. And with God's good grace, she will find eternal peace.
Queen Elizabeth I: Peace. You are much mistaken, Sir Francis. There is no peace for the dead. This is a busy time for my royal cousin. Already the creatures are at work, crawling between her lips, entering her nose, burrowing beneath her eyes. Worms cluster in her belly, competing with foul maggots for the tastiest morsel. Even now she is being invaded by a legion of grey flesh-eaters. Even now the body writhes and moves with the activities of countless parasites. There is no peace for my cousin, Sir Francis, and will be none till she is consumed and rotten. Only then will her white bones be at rest. This is our common end, old Moor, picked clean by worms, flesh curdling with corruption, stinking like a blocked midden. So do not talk to me of God's good grace. Dying is a fearful process. I have known death since I was a child. I have stared long into his white, unseeing eyes. I know his dread cruelty. When you are lying on your last bed remember my words. Cry out for mercy. Bite deep intoyour lips, and recall how you plotted my cousin's most terrible end.


"The Virgin Queen: Episode #1.2" (2006)
Queen Elizabeth I: There is only a Sun in this universe.


"Elizabeth R: Shadow in the Sun (#1.3)" (1971)
Queen Elizabeth I: I grieve and dare not show my discontent,I love and yet am forced to seem to hate,I do,yet dare not say I ever meant,I seem stark mute but inwardly do prate,I am and not,I freeze and yet am burned,Since from myself another self I turned,My care is like my shadow in the sun,Follows me flying,flies when I pursue it,Stands and lies by me,doth what I have done,His to familiar care doth make me rue it.No means I find to rid him from my breast,Till by the end of things it be supprest.Some gentler passion slide into my mind,For I am soft and made of melting snow;Or be more cruel love and yet be so kind.Let me float or sink,be high or low.Or let me live some more sweet content,Or die and so forget what love ere meant.


"Black-Adder II: Bells (#1.1)" (1986)
Lord Melchett: Gray, I suspect, your Majesty.
Queen Elizabeth I: I think you'll find they were orange, Lord Melchett.
Lord Melchett: Gray is more usual, Ma'am.
Queen Elizabeth I: Who's Queen?
Lord Melchett: As you say, Majesty. There were these magnificent orange elephants...