Was I not born in this Realm? Were my parents born in any foreign country?... Is not my Kingdom here? Whom have I oppressed? Whom have I enriched to other's harm? What turmoil have I made to this Commonwealth that I should be suspected to have no regard of the same?
Elizabeth I (1533–1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 12, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923).
To a committee of both Houses of Parliament, which had demanded that she marry and name a successor. She was defending herself against the implication that she was not sufficiently devoted to England and to her responsibilities as Queen. Elizabeth's parents were King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn.