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100 Best Quotes from Netflix’s The Crown

Netflix’s The Crown has some of the most eloquent and riveting quotes only fitting for royalty.

The Crown is a drama series that chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II, starting from the beginning of her reign at the age of 25. Actresses Claire Foy and Olivia Colman have given award-winning performances as the Queen and delivered some fantastic lines.

While the series may be a dramatized depiction of historical events and the personal lives of the royal family, there’s no denying how believable and entertaining the quotes are. Here’s the scoop on the best quotes from Netflix’s The Crown!

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1. “Well, then, let’s not overcomplicate matters unnecessarily. My name is Elizabeth.” – Queen Elizabeth

2. “We’re all dying. That’s what defines the condition of living.” – Winston Churchill

Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR). Filming Location: Winchester Cathedral

3. “I have seen three great monarchies brought down through their failure to separate personal indulgences from duty.” – Queen Mary

4. “The name has to be Windsor. For stability.” – Queen Elizabeth

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5. “And don’t be fooled by his obsequiousness. The only reason he’s even civil to us is because he wants to leech off us with a rich allowance to keep that Jezebel divorcee of his in the manner to which she’s become accustomed.” – Queen Mother

6. “But all good things come to those who wait.” – Princess Diana

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7. “There’s no such thing as political murder or political violence, there’s only criminal murder and criminal violence.” – Margaret Thatcher

8.”There is no possibility of my forgiving you. The question is, how on Earth can you forgive yourself?” – Queen Elizabeth

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9. “I would ask you to consider your response in light of the respect that my rank and office deserve, not that which my age and gender might suggest.” – Queen Elizabeth

10. “The two Elizabeths will frequently be in conflict with one another.” – Queen Mary

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11. “Anytime either of us feels like we’re not getting what we need we simply need to give that very thing to the other.” – Princess Diana

12. “Love is a tender kiss for most people.” – Princess Margaret

Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN). Filming Location: Elstree. Netflix.

13. “Self-pity won’t get you very far, you just have to get on with it.” – Princess Margaret

14. “We cannot let the values of the past distract us from the realities of the present.” – Margaret Thatcher

 Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR). Filming Location: Palacio Monte Miramar, Malaga. Netflix.

15. “And while you mourn your father, you must also mourn someone else. Elizabeth Mountbatten. For she has now been replaced by another person, Elizabeth Regina.” – Queen Mary

16. “I think it’s a mistake to assume that people are feeling any sympathy for us at all.” – Queen Elizabeth

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17. “Sometimes you don’t know how you feel about something until you nearly have it taken away.” – Princess Diana

18. “Power is nothing without authority.” – Margaret Thatcher

 Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR). Filming Location: Ragley Hall. Netflix.

19. “The best thing for everyone would be if you said your goodbyes quietly, privately, and disappeared into the night.” – Queen Mary

20. “It was the risk of ruin and his duty to his family that drove him to succeed.” – Margaret Thatcher

Denis Thatcher (STEPHEN BOXER) and Margaret Thatcher (GILLIAN ANDERSON).
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Denis Thatcher (STEPHEN BOXER) and Margaret Thatcher (GILLIAN ANDERSON). Set: Elstree (backlot). Netflix.

21.“Are you sure you wouldn’t have preferred one of those? Someone with a grand title, rather than a homeless Charlie Kraut?” – Prince Philip

22. “That would have all been very antiseptic.” – Queen Elizabeth 

Margaret Thatcher (GILLIAN ANDERSON)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Margaret Thatcher (GILLIAN ANDERSON). Filming Location: Elstree (Stage 7) Netflix.

23. “But that’s the point, Elizabeth, it’s just advice. It doesn’t mean that you have to act on it.” – Prince Philip

24. “When it comes from the government, you do.” – Queen Elizabeth

Princess Anne (ERIN DOHERTY).
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Princess Anne (ERIN DOHERTY). Filming location: Wrotham Park. Netflix.

25. “History was not made by those who did nothing.” – Queen Elizabeth

26. “No man should be punished for love.” – Winston Churchill

Duchess of Gloucester (PENNY DOWNIE), Queen Mother (MARION BAILEY), Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR), Mountbatten (CHARLES DANCE), Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN), Prince Philip (TOBIAS MENZIES), Princess Margaret (HELENA BONHAM CARTER), Princess Anne (ERIN DOHERTY), Duchess of Gloucester (PENNY DOWNIE) and supporting artists
The Crown S4. Picture shows: (L-R) Duchess of Gloucester (PENNY DOWNIE), Queen Mother (MARION BAILEY), Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR), Mountbatten (CHARLES DANCE), Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN), Prince Philip (TOBIAS MENZIES), Princess Margaret (HELENA BONHAM CARTER), Princess Anne (ERIN DOHERTY), Duchess of Gloucester (PENNY DOWNIE) and supporting artists. Netflix.

27. “What kind of marriage is this? What kind of family?” – Prince Philip

28. “You’ve taken my career for me, you’ve taken my home. You’ve taken my name. I thought we were in this together.” – Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN). Filming Location: Rothiemurchus, Scotland. Netflix.

29. “So the former King keeps himself at a distance.” – Queen Elizabeth

30. “A distance that was imposed upon me. They wanted me out.”  – Prince Edward

Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN) and Prince Philip (TOBIAS MENZIES)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN) and Prince Philip (TOBIAS MENZIES). Netflix.

31. “In an increasingly complex world, we all need certainty.” – Queen Elizabeth

32. “And what a bunch of ice-veined monsters my family are. How cold and thin-lipped, how dumpy and plain. How joyless and loveless.” – Prince Edward

Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR) and Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR) and Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN) Netflix.

33. “Must you really smoke? You know how I hate it.” – Queen Elizabeth

34. “Pity. Because I love it so very much.” – Prince Philip

Princess Anne (ERIN DOHERTY)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Princess Anne (ERIN DOHERTY). Filming location: Wrotham Park. Netflix.

35. “But, like a great many other things, I’m going to give it all up for you.” – Prince Philip

36. “Well, you still have 24 hours to change your mind.” – Queen Elizabeth

Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR) and Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR) and Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN) Netflix.

37. “You think I can change my mind after all that? No. Too late. I’ve signed myself away.” – Prince Philip

38. “Or won the greatest prize on Earth.” – Queen Elizabeth

Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN). Filming location: Goldsmiths Hall. Netflix.

39. “No man knows who he truly is until either his life is threatened, or he’s given power.” – Margaret Thatcher

40. “That’s the thing about unhappiness, all it takes is for something worse to come along and you realize it was actually happiness after all.” – Queen Elizabeth

 Princess Anne (ERIN DOHERTY)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Princess Anne (ERIN DOHERTY). Filming location: Goldsmiths Hall. Netflix.

41. “One always has to accept one’s own part, I believe, in any mess.” – Queen Elizabeth

42. “We must all ask ourselves, when to exercise those things that are within our power and when not to.” – Queen Elizabeth

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The Crown S4. Picture shows: Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN). Filming location: Goldsmiths Hall. Netflix.

43. “But there is a limit to what one can do if people are themselves limited.” – Margaret Thatcher

44. “And reduces us all to cruel nicknames. Shirley Temple.” – Queen Elizabeth

Camilla Parker Bowles (EMERALD FENNELL)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Camilla Parker Bowles (EMERALD FENNELL). Filming Location: Australia House, Aldwych. Netflix.

45. “On account of the curls?” – Queen Elizabeth

46. “And precociousness. And stardom.”  – Prince Edward

Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN) Netflix.

47. “To do nothing is the hardest job of all, and it will take every ounce of energy that you have, to be impartial is not natural, not human.” – Queen Elizabeth

48. “You’d be wise not to mention that woman’s name for the next few days.” – Queen Mary

Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN).
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN). Filming Location: Winchester. Netflix.

49. “The implication was enough.” – Queen Mary

50. “Why does everybody think, just because we’re royal, we like fine dining? Don’t they realize we’re savages?” – Prince Philip

Diana Princess of Wales (EMMA CORRIN)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Diana Princess of Wales (EMMA CORRIN). Filming Location: Burghley House. Netflix.

51. “I offer that in the spirit of maternal advice that you may emerge from this trip with any remaining respect or affection at all.” – Queen Mary

52. I know he’s Winston Churchill and all that but remember who you are. You’re the Queen of England.” – Prince Philip

Diana Princess of Wales (EMMA CORRIN) and Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Diana Princess of Wales (EMMA CORRIN) and Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR). Filming Location: Burghley House. Netflix.

53. “I learned very early on that it’s wise not to take things for granted.” – Prince Philip

54. “To do nothing is often the best course of action, but I know from personal experience how frustrating it can be.” – Queen Elizabeth

Prince Philip (TOBIAS MENZIES)
Picture shows: Prince Philip (TOBIAS MENZIES). Filming Location: Ardverikie Estate, Kinloch Laggan Newtonmore Inverness-shire. Netflix.

55. “Where there is heroism there will always be hope.” – Winston Churchill

56. “It is better to be patient and get what you desire in the right time than have high office thrust upon you when you are not ready.” – King George VI

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58. “In the first flush of a romantic love, we’re all blind, we see only what we want to see.” – Queen Elizabeth

Diana Princess of Wales (EMMA CORRIN)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Diana Princess of Wales (EMMA CORRIN). Filming Location: Burghley House. Netflix.

59. “A person earns his title with his ability to lead and inspire, elusive virtues to which you must reach and rise.” – Lord Mountbatten

60. “People have to be angry at someone, but as a leader, one cannot simply react to everything.” – Winston Churchill

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Picture shows: Margaret Thatcher (GILLIAN ANDERSON). Filming Location: Ardverikie Estate, Kinloch Laggan Newtonmore Inverness-shire. Netflix.

61. “One learns, when one has the benefit of experience, that sometimes time off is the most sensible course of action.” – Princess Margaret

62. “Too much knowledge can be a dangerous thing.” – Winston Churchill

Diana Princess of Wales (EMMA CORRIN)
Picture shows: Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN). Filming Location: Ardverikie Estate, Kinloch Laggan Newtonmore Inverness-shire. Netflix.

63. “In any marriage, it’s important to find things that really bind you together, as a couple.” – Antony Armstrong

64. “Some things can only be perceived one way because they only have one meaning.” – Queen Elizabeth

Diana Princess of Wales (EMMA CORRIN)
Picture shows: Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN) and Prince Philip (TOBIAS MENZIES). Filming Location: Ardverikie Estate, Kinloch Laggan Newtonmore Inverness-shire. Netflix.

65. “Who we are is not what we wear or what glitters. It’s the spirit that defines us.” – Prince Philip

66. “It’s a beautiful morning for duck.” – King George VI

Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN) and Wayne Sleep (JAY WEBB)
Picture shows: Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN) and Wayne Sleep (JAY WEBB) Netflix.

67. “Yes, but he represents a royal family of carpetbaggers and parvenus, that goes back what? Ninety years? What would he know of Alfred the Great, the Rod of Equity and Mercy, Edward the Confessor, William the Conqueror, or Henry the Eighth? It’s the Church of England, dear, not the Church of Denmark or Greece. Next question.” – Queen Mary

68. “A Confederacy of elected quitters.” – Queen Elizabeth

 Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN)
PICTURE SHOWS: Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN). Filming Location: Moor Park. Netflix.

69. “You understand, the titles, the dukedom. They are not the job.” – King Georg VI

70. “She is the job. She is the essence of your duty. Loving her. Protecting her.” – King George VI

Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN)
PICTURE SHOWS: Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN). Filming Location: Moor Park. Netflix.

71. “Peter? He’s getting on with it. Uncomplainingly. Because that’s what strong men do. But it’s a lonely existence in Brussels. No real job, stuck in a small flat, followed by photographers, having to steer clear of all the parties, steer clear of all the traps.” – Princess Margaret

72. “What traps?” – Queen Elizabeth

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The Crown S4. Picture shows: Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR) and Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN). Shooting Location: Llano del Buho, Almeria. Netflix.

73. “Traps being set for him. Those who would wish to lead him astray. Catch him in a compromising position. Those who would cheer the dissolution of our friendship.” – Princess Margaret  

74. “It is better to be patient and get what you desire in the right time than have high office thrust upon you when you are not ready.” – King George VI

 Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN)
PICTURE SHOWS: Queen Elizabeth II (OLIVIA COLMAN). Filming Location: Lyceum Theatre. Netflix.

75. “In the long reeds of difficulty and pain, that’s where you find the treasure.” – Prince Philip

76. “All you have to do is wait. It’s all right. I was a mechanic during the war.” – Queen Elizabeth

Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR) and Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR) and Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN). Shooting Location: Llano del Buho, Almeria. Netflix.

77. “The trouble is, I have the sort of face that if I’m not smiling, then everyone says, oh, isn’t she cross?” – Queen Elizabeth

78. “I think they’d have preferred a nice, pink-faced marquis with a grouse moor in the Scottish Borders.” – Prince Philip

Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN). Filming Location: Lyceum Theatre. Netflix.

79.  “Life in postwar England has been a long, painful, uninterrupted crisis” – Princess Margaret

80. “And Shirley Temple, who has the rank now to silence her common mother, sadly, has no mind of her own.” – Prince Edward

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81. “I am an old man. Many have questioned my relevance, whether I still have something to offer. In public life, the answer is, I have.” – Winston Churchill

82. “Yes, I am queen, but I am also a woman. And a wife.” – Queen Elizabeth

 Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR). Filming Location: Dunbeath Estate. Netflix.

83. “I have defended you so many times. Each time to my cost and in vain. This love for her has destroyed everything.” – Winston Churchill

84. “It is love, Winston. Love. The greatest thing on earth.”  – Prince Edward

Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR) and Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR) and Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN). Shooting Location: Llano del Buho, Almeria. Netflix.

85. “Unfortunately, the Wales marriage is a rare example of something that is actually worse than the newspapers report.” – Princess Anne

86. “History was not made by those who did nothing.” – Queen Elizabeth

Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Princess Diana (EMMA CORRIN). Filming Location: Somerleyton Hall. Netflix.

87. “I don’t often get into a fight, but when I do, I want to win.” – Queen Elizabeth

88.  “But the monarchy should shine.” – Princess Margaret

Camilla Parker Bowles (EMERALD FENNELL) and Diana Princess of Wales (EMMA CORRIN)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Camilla Parker Bowles (EMERALD FENNELL) and Diana Princess of Wales (EMMA CORRIN). Filming Location: Australia House, Aldwych. Netflix.

89. “The monarchy, yes; not the monarch.” – Queen Elizabeth

90. “Just remember who you’re standing in for when I’m gone.” – Queen Elizabeth

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91. “My characterless sister.” – Princess Margaret

92. “Your Queen. Not a showgirl.” – Queen Elizabeth

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93. “For better or worse, the crown has landed on my head. and I say we go.” – Queen Elizabeth

94. “One doesn’t want to feel second best.” – Queen Elizabeth

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95. “Where would Great Britain be without its greatest Briton? God bless you, Winston.” – Queen Elizabeth

96. “To everyone’s regret and frustration, the only person I have ever loved is you.” – Queen Elizabeth

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97. “You were drinking champagne the day after my son’s funeral?” – Queen Mary

98. “I’m ‘Darling’ or ‘Cabbage’. ‘Sweetie’ is someone else.” – Queen Elizabeth II

Diana Princess of Wales (EMMA CORRIN)
The Crown S4. Picture shows: Diana Princess of Wales (EMMA CORRIN). Filming Location: Military Hostel Front, Malaga. Netflix.

99. “Because, if memory serves, you had your own ballerinas for that.” – Queen Elizabeth

100. “The fact is, the crown must win.” – Queen Mary

If you can’t get enough of these royally entertaining quotes, you’re in luck because The Crown’s fifth season is on it’s way! But until then make sure to watch the show on Netflix.

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10 Best Quotes from Netflix’s The Crown