On This Day: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Was Born

Born Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon on Aug 4, 1900, she would rise in the ranks of British notables as Queen of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 1936 to 1952 as consort to King George VI.

Descended from British noble stock, Elizabeth would marry the Duke of York, second son of King George V, and give birth to a daughter that would become Queen Elizabeth II.

In a stunning turn of events, Elizabeth’s husband, the Duke of York, unexpectedly ascended to the throne when his older brother Edward VIII abdicated after a scandalous affair with American divorcée Wallis Simpson.  Elizabeth, as queen consort to George VI, stood by her husband throughout the Second World War and into the early 50’s until his death in 1952. Her elder daughter Elizabeth would ascend to the throne as Queen at the age of 25.

Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, would remain a popular figure throughout her life and beyond.  Elizabeth would die at the age of 101 in 2002 and currently holds the record as the longest-lived member of the British royal family.

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