One of my favourite speeches is the one given by Queen Elizabeth I at Tilbury. The Spanish Armada was making its way to England and the English troops were taking up arms. Most of them fearful as the Spanish were known for their naval prowess. In line with British Royalty, Queen Elizabeth went to meet the troops to encourage and inspire them.
This is a snippet of the speech and my favourite part because she chose strength and bravery when she could have simply surrendered as that was the advice given to her.
“I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm: to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.”
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