Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Born: 04 Aug, 1900
Died: 30 Mar, 2002
Wedding Date: 26 Apr, 1923
Funeral Date: 09 Apr, 2002

Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon was born on 4 August 1900, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne. On the death of her husband she became Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.


She married HRH Prince Albert, Duke of York (son of George V and Queen Mary), in Westminster Abbey on 26 April 1923. He later succeeded as King George VI.


Their coronation took place in the Abbey on 12 May 1937.


She died on 30 March 2002. Massive crowds watched the coffin procession through the streets from St James's Palace to Westminster Hall, where she lay in state for four days. Together with The Queen's wreath her crown, containing the famous Koh-i-noor diamond, lay on a purple velvet cushion on top of the coffin which was draped with her personal standard [flag]. On 9 April the coffin was conveyed on a gun carriage to the Abbey. The Abbey's tenor bell chimed 101 times, one for each year of her life. After the service the coffin was taken by car to St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle where she was buried alongside George VI and their daughter HRH Princess Margaret.

See also:

The Order of Service (PDF, 306 KB)

The illustration is of a picture in one of the Abbey offices. A photo of it can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library.

"The Queen Mother Herself" by Helen Cathcart, 1979

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