When I was a little boy in Worcestershire reading history books I never thought I should have to interfere between a king and his mistress.
On the abdication crisis.
The people do not mind fornication but they loathe adultery.
Ramsay MacDonald 13/07/1936
On the abdication of Edward VIII
It is obvious I shall have to abandon my hopes of getting the Queen's head off the stamps.
Tony Benn 31/12/1965
I can quite understand why people were put in the Tower in the old days and I would quite gladly put Mrs Simpson there if I could.
On Wallis Simpson
I desire their liberty and freedom, as much as anybody: but I must tell you, that their liberty and freedom consists in having the Government of those laws, but which their life and their goods may be most their own; 'tis not for having share in government, Sirs, that is nothing pertaining to them. A subject and a sovereign are clean different things.
King Charles I 30/01/1649
Sire, I have neither eyes to see nor tongue to speak in this place, but as this House is pleased to direct me, whose servant I am here; and I humbly beg Your Majesty's pardon that I cannot givr any other answer than this to what Your Majesty is pleased to demand of me.
William Lenthall 04/01/1662
Replying to King Charles I who had entered the House of Commons to arrest 5 MPs to charge them with treason
If he that attempteth to depose his sovereign be killed or punished by him for such an attempt, he is author of his own punishment.
I never deny, I never contradict, I sometimes forget.
On dealing with Queen Victoria
The Queen is all right and Princess Diana is a goddess, but most of the rest are so awful it is quite a work to describe their vulgarity.