Elizabeth (Bowes-Lyon) Windsor
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Elizabeth Angela Marguerite (Bowes-Lyon) Windsor (1900 - 2002)

Lady Elizabeth Angela Marguerite "Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother" Windsor formerly Bowes-Lyon
Born in St Paul's Walden, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Wife of — married 26 Apr 1923 in Westminster Abbey, London, Englandmap
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Died at age 101 in Windsor, Berkshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Elizabeth (Bowes-Lyon) Windsor was a centenarian, living to age 101.

Lady Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon was the Queen Consort of King George VI from 1936 until his death in 1952. After this time she was known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, to avoid confusion with her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Lyon was born on the 4th of August 1900, probably at St Pauls Walden Bury, Hertfordshire, England, the 18th century mansion owned by her father's family. [1] She was baptised on 23 September 1900 at Walden, Hertfordshire, England.[2]

In the 1901 census Elizabeth was recorded with her family at the family estate of St Pauls Walden Bury in the parish of Walden St Paul, Hertfordshire, England.[3] Similarly, in the 1911 census, Elizabeth (age 10), was recorded in St Pauls Walden Bury, Hertfordshire, England.[4]

Born into a family of British nobility, Elizabeth came to prominence when she married the Duke of York, Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor, the second son of King George V and Queen Mary. The couple married on the 26th of April 1923, at Westminster Abbey.[5][6] The couple and their daughters Elizabeth and Margaret embodied traditional ideas of family and public service. The Duchess undertook a variety of public engagements and became known for her consistently cheerful countenance.

In 1936, Elizabeth's husband unexpectedly became king when his older brother, Edward VIII, abdicated in order to marry the American divorcée Wallis Warfield Simpson. Elizabeth then became queen. She accompanied her husband on diplomatic tours to France and North America before the start of the Second World War. During the war, her seemingly indomitable spirit provided moral support to the British public. After the war, her husband's health deteriorated, and she was widowed at the age of 51. Her elder daughter, aged 25, became the new queen.

She died on 30 March 2002 at the Royal Lodge, Windsor.[7][6] She was buried in St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.[8][6]


She was invested as a Dame Grand Cross, Order of the British Empire (G.B.E.) in 1927.
She was decorated with the award of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India (C.I.) in 1931.
She was invested as a Lady Companion, Order of the Garter (L.G.) in 1936.
She was decorated with the award of the Royal Victorian Chain in 1937.
She was invested as a Dame Grand Cross, Royal Victorian Order (G.C.V.O.) in 1937.
She was invested as a Lady Companion, Order of the Thistle (L.T.) in 1937.[9]


  1. GRO Online Index: Name: LYON, ELIZABETH ANGELA MARGUERITE; Mother's Maiden Name: CAVENDISH BENTINCK; GRO Ref: 1900 Sept Qtr, HITCHIN, Vol. 03A Pg. 667.
  2. Baptism: "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
    FamilySearch Record: JQ65-1Y6 (accessed 9 April 2023)
    Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Lyon baptism on 23 Sep 1900, daughter of Claude George Bowes Lyon & Cecilia Nina, in St Paul's Walden, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  3. 1901 Census: "1901 England Census"
    Class: RG13; Piece: 1300; Folio: 170; Page: 5; ED, institution, or vessel: 24; Household schedule number: 25
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 7814 #7598844 (accessed 9 April 2023)
    Elizabeth Angelia Bowes Lyon in Walden, Walden St Paul in Hitchin registration district in Hertfordshire, England.
  4. 1911 Census: "1911 England Census"
    The National Archives of the UK (TNA); Kew, Surrey, England; Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911; Registration District Number: 136; ED, institution, or vessel: 22; Piece: 7611
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 2352 #40975715 (accessed 9 April 2023)
    Elizabeth Angela Bowes Lyon (10), single daughter, in household of Claude George Bowes Lyon (56) in St Pauls Walden Bury, Hertfordshire, England. Born in St Paul's Walden, Hertfordshire, England.
  5. "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVZG-32DX : 8 October 2014), Elizabeth A M Bowes-Lyon and null, 1923; from "England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1923, quarter 2, vol. 1A, p. 909, St. George Hanover Square, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Lawrence Goldman, ‘Elizabeth (1900–2002)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Jan 2006; online edn, Jan 2011 accessed 31 Oct 2017
  7. Death Registration: "England & Wales General Register Office"
    GRO Online Indexes - Death (accessed 9 April 2023)
    Windsor, Elizabeth Angela Marguerite (Year of birth: 1900).
    GRO Reference: 2002 Apr-May-Jun in Windsor and Maidenhead (3221C) Reg WMC1 Entry Number 184.
  8. Find a Grave, database and images  : accessed 10 April 2021), memorial page for Elizabeth Angela Marguerite “Queen Mother” Bowes-Lyon Windsor (4 Aug 1900–30 Mar 2002), Find A Grave: Memorial #6300546, citing St. George's Chapel, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave.
  9. The Peerage: The Queen Mother

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