Queen of Hearts Red Queen Quotes Costumes Pictures Alice In Wonderland
Queen of Hearts Red Queen Quotes Costumes Alice In Wonderland

Red Queen & Queen of
Hearts Quotes

The Queen of Hearts quotes (1,2) are from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The Red Queen quotes (3-5) are from his sequel book ‘Through the Looking Glass’.

“Off with her head!”


“Now, I give you fair warning, either you or your head must be off, and that in about half no time! Take your choice!”


“Look up, speak nicely and don’t twiddle your fingers all the time.”


“Curtsey while you’re thinking what to say, it saves time.”


“It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

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The Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts from Alice In WonderlandThe Queen of Hearts is one of the playing card characters in Lewis Carroll's classic story of Alice in Wonderland. Queen of Hearts is one of the scariest characters in Wonderland.

She is powerful, mean and unpredictable with an explosive temper. She likes to order people to be beheaded, but these orders are never actually carried out.
Still the yelling of 'Off with his head!' obviously scares the habitants of Wonderland.

The Queen of Hearts is an impatient tyrant who rules the Wonderland with a heavy hand. Her partner, King of Hearts tries to mediate between her and other characters. She also wants to conduct trials in her own way: 'Sentence first... Verdict afterwards!'

The Queen of Hearts likes to play croquet with live flamingos and hedgehogs as mallets and balls. But she needs to win all the time and she is known to change the rules at her own will. Therefore the game doesn’t seem very logical to other players.

Queen of Hearts Costume

Queen of Hearts CostumeQueen of Hearts is a gorgeous character for a costume party of Halloween. Her dress is often made from red and black fabric, with gold and white enhancements.

Red heart shapes are used in many Queen of Hearts costumes. Often she also has a heart shaped sceptre in her hand.

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The Red Queen

The same character is represented in the sequel book “Through the looking glass and What Alice found there” as the Red Queen. The Red Queen possesses similar qualities as the Queen of Hearts in the first book.
Habitants of Wonderland would rather walk the other way than meet the Red Queen, but Alice has actually some good conversations with her even though some of them don’t make much sense to Alice.

The Red Queen advices Alice how to be a pawn in a giant chess game and how she can also become a Queen in the end – Queen Alice.

From Queen of Hearts to Red Queen in 150 years

Sir John Tenniel drew the original pictures for “Alice’s Adventures of Wonderland”.

This is his artistic vision of the Queen of Hearts in 1865:

Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland by John Tenniel


Since the first drawings of all the Wonderland characters by Sir John Tenniel, there have been countless other visions and productions of them by people who have taken the Wonderland to their hearts. The biggest producer of them has been Disney Corporation who has produced not one but two movies with the title of “Alice in Wonderland”.

Here is a screen shot of the Queen of Hearts in the first animated film in 1951:

Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland


In 2010 Disney produced another version of “Alice in Wonderland” which is actually a sequel to the first movie. Alice returns to Wonderland as a 19-year-old, and the Mad Hatter along with others persuade her to fight the horrific Jabberwock. By slaying the monster Alice will end the reign of terror in Wonderland. The throne will be returned from the cruel Red Queen to the emphatic White Queen and the residents of Wonderland can live peacefully again.

This newest version of the Alice in Wonderland movie is directed by Tim Burton. The casting is filled with stars: Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit, Matt Lucas as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts and Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar.

"This is Um,.. my new Favorite."

Here is the Disney’s characterisation of the Red Queen played by Helena Bonham Carter. In the movie the Red Queen asks Alice what is her name the first time they meet, and Alice doesn't know what to say because she can't tell the Red Queen who she really is. Therefore she only mumbles 'ummm', and the Red Queen thinks this is her name. The quote above comes from when the Red Queen presents Alice to Knave of Hearts in the castle.

Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland

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Image credits: Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Helena Bonham-Carter as Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as White Queen and Cheshire Cat from the Walt Disney movie Alice In Wonderland by Tim Burton. Disney movie images are copyright of the Walt Disney Company and are reproduced without Disney's permission. White Rabbit by Upi Olin. Queen of Hearts by John Tenniel.

Queen of Hearts Red Queen Quotes Costumes