Friday marked the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II’s late mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. To celebrate, the royal family paid tribute to her on social media, sharing some photos from her lifetime.
“Born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, The Queen Mother became The Duchess of York after her marriage to The Duke of York (later King George VI) at Westminster Abbey on 26th April 1923,” the royal family wrote on Instagram alongside an old picture of her, Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Margaret. “After the abdication of King Edward VIII in 1936, The Duke and Duchess became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth – making The Duchess the first British-born Consort since Tudor times. Following the accession of her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, to the throne in 1952, the former Queen Consort chose to be called Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. In 2000 The Queen Mother became the first member of The Royal Family to reach the age of 100.”
The Queen Mother married Elizabeth’s father the future King George VI, who passed away in 1952, in 1923. After Queen Elizabeth II took the throne, her mother remained in the position of Queen Mother until her passing in 2002.
In 2000, she became the first member of the British Royal Family to celebrate her 100th birthday. Friday would have been her 117th birthday.