June 16, 2006


Queen quotes Groucho as she thanks nation for its support: 350 guests hear her pay tribute at lunch in the Mansion House to ‘overwhelming’ messages of goodwill (Alan Hamilton, 6/16/06, Times of London)

IF GROUCHO MARX declined to join any club that would have him as a member, would he have wanted to live in a country whose otherwise dignified head of state quoted his jokes?

The Queen was in playful mood yesterday as she addressed a grand lunch given by the Lord Mayor of London to celebrate her 80th birthday, and the 85th of her husband, attended by the Prime Minister, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Sir Cliff Richard among 350 distinguished guests.

Appreciative laughter filled the gold and white Egyptian Hall in the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s official residence, when, in a reference to her own advancing years, she repeated one of the late screen comedian’s aphorisms: “Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.”

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 16, 2006 7:19 AM

"Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough...and dream often enough about your child becoming king."

Posted by: Dave W at June 16, 2006 8:28 PM