- During a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace, then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher felt faint and was forced to sit down for the second year in a row. Elizabeth said to a nearby guest, "Oh, look! She's keeled over again."
- Princess Margaret was talking to her cousin's husband Denys, a thriller writer, and asked him how his latest book was coming along. Elizabeth entered the room as he responded, "I desperately need a title." She quipped: "I cannot think of a reason for giving you one."
- After hearing the Everly Brothers perform "Cathy's Clown" in the '60s, the queen turned to her lady-in-waiting: "They sound like two cats being strangled."
- Elizabeth met guitar legend Eric Clapton at a Buckingham Palace reception in 2005 and asked him, "Have you been playing a long time?"