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HM The Queen Mother's Biography

H.M. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother had a most remarkable life, spanning more than a century.

Born on August 4th 1900, the ninth of ten children, much of her childhood was spent at her family home Glamis Castle in the county of Angus.

Although she had been born in England, The Queen Mother always, not surprisingly, regarded herself as Scottish, and her parents who were to become Lord and Lady Strathmore some four years after her birth, turned their home at Glamis into a convalescent hospital for soldiers during the First World War.

HM The Queen Mother
  Thus during this period the young Elizabeth Bowes Lyon took her turn at helping those who had suffered, and indeed in 1915 one of her brothers, Fergus, was killed at the Battle of Loos.

On April 26th 1923, Elizabeth married The Duke of York in Westminster Abbey, London, and soon after the Royal couple returned to Glamis to spend part of their honeymoon there. The Princess Margaret Rose, their younger daughter, was born at Glamis in 1930.

The Queen Mother had numerous Scottish connections, which included being given the Freedom of all four major cities, starting with Glasgow in 1927. In addition, she had very proud connections with the armed forces from north of the border, and was Colonel-in-Chief of The Black Watch for 65 years. She was also Colonel of the London Scottish Regiment, The Black Watch of Canada, and The Toronto Scottish Regiment as well as President of The Royal British Legion Scotland.

After becoming Duchess of York, and later as The Queen and then Queen Mother, she spent many of her holidays either at Glamis, on Deeside at Balmoral and Birkhall, or later after widowhood at The Castle of Mey in Caithness. Scotland always seemed to beckon when relaxation was needed for she called it her home!

It was at Mey that Queen Elizabeth devoted much of her talents to restoration and gardening. At all her homes the garden featured strongly and her enthusiasm for gardening was demonstrated brilliantly at Mey where she transformed an unreceptive site into a unique and practical garden.

Within the many organisations with which The Queen Mother was associated in Scotland, there was often an overriding theme of support for those who freely gave service to others, and it was this close interest in voluntary service that took the admiration of so many Scots. Her well-known humour combined with the extraordinary ability to bring happiness to other people’s lives ensured that she remained a truly great ambassador for her native land throughout her life.