Royal patronesses of the Queen’s College of St. Margaret and St. Bernard (Queens’ College, Cambridge):
1. Margaret of Anjou (Queen consort of Henry VI) 2. Elizabeth Woodville (Queen consort of Edward IV) 3. Anne Neville (Queen consort of Richard III) 4.
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Queen consort of George VI) 5. Elizabeth II (Queen Regnant)
In the summer of 1918 Elizabeth emerged in society. She attended a ball given by the Countess of Powis at 45 Berkeley Square for her daughter Hermione, a direct contemporary. “I remember dancing with a nice young American…” she wrote later, “and the amazement and thrill when the next day a huge bunch of red roses arrived! In those days flowers were very rare!” At the time when young girls were excited by lunches at the Ritz, and young men coming to tea, she added: “one was thrilled by that sort of things.” | Hugo Vickers.
The Strathmore Rose Tiara was a wedding gift to Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the future Queen Elizabeth) from her father, the Earl of Strathmore. The five roses can be used as brooches and it has two different frames, so it can be worn; across the forehead or on the top of the head. Queen Elizabeth used it, mostly, in her early years as a royal. It was inherited by Queen Elizabeth II at the death of her mother.
There are countless stories, all substantiated, of the scamps the young Elizabeth and David were. “At Glamis, they smoked on the stairs and, from a turret accessed by a 143-step spiral staircase, they poured cold water over the heads of well-dressed, unsuspecting guests…” pretending it was hot oil. “They also once painted the lower rungs of a ladder with white paint, unbeknown to the painter standing several rungs above. Much to their pleasure his white footprints covered the whole of the lawn.” On another occassion, Elizabeth cut up a new set of sheets which had been put on her bed. When the plainly-astonished adult enquired of the naughty child what her mother would say when she found out, she replied jautily, “Oh, Elizabeth!”, which turned out to be the case. Elizabeth was even allowed to bring her Shetland pony, Bobs, into the house, and once even took it upstairs to her bedroom.
The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon by Lady Colin Campbell