The Queen Mother: The Official Biography by William ShawcrossThe official and definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of Prince Charles—and the most beloved British monarch of the twentieth century.
Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon—the ninth of the Earl of Strathmore’s ten children—was born on August 4, 1900, and, certainly, no one could have imagined that her long life (she died in 2002) would come to reflect a changing nation over the course of an entire century. Now, William Shawcross—given unrestricted access to the Queen Mother’s personal papers, letters, and diaries—gives us a portrait of unprecedented vividness and detail. Here is the girl who helped convalescing soldiers during the First World War . . . the young Duchess of York helping her reluctant husband assume the throne when his brother abdicated . . . the Queen refusing to take refuge from the bombing of London, risking her own life to instill courage and hope in others who were living through the Blitz . . . the dowager Queen—the last Edwardian, the charming survivor of a long-lost era—representing her nation at home and abroad . . . the matriarch of the Royal Family and “the nation’s best-loved grandmother.”
A revelatory royal biography that is, as well, a singular history of Britain in the twentieth century.
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Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Although the Queen Mother is sadly no longer with us, this information is preserved as it may be of interest to readers. Entering her hundredth year, she is most certainly the longest-living British Royal in memory, and bears testament to some of the most significant developments and historical moments of our century. When she was born, the British Army was fighting its last great imperial war in South Africa, aeroplanes had not flown and gas lamps were yet to be replaced by electricity. Four years after her birth, her parents became Lord and Lady Strathmore. They remained somewhat impoverished for much of their lives.
Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon (4 August – 30 March ) was the wife of On her fourteenth birthday, Britain declared war on Germany.
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She was popular with the public, earning the nickname "Smiling Duchess" because of her consistent indomitable spirit. - Kill Bill: Vol.
The first famous Windsor woman to be born on August 4 th lived most of her adult life in the spotlight and yet one very basic detail of her story is shrouded in mystery. For no one is really sure exactly where Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was born. And no one did more to get people guessing than the Queen Mum herself. In , as preparations were under way for her eightieth birthday celebrations, a Clarence House press officer was asked to confirm where the Honourable Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, as she had been in , had arrived. There was one slight problem.