It’s a sad day for Queen Elizabeth II, who’s currently quarantined in Windsor Castle with husband Prince Philip. On March 30, 2002 — 18 years ago today — the Queen’s mother died with her daughter by her side. Today, Queen Elizabeth remembers her mother’s death and honors her mother’s life and the legacy she left behind.
The Queen’s mother was born Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon and married the Queen’s father Prince Albert in 1923. The Queen Mother was the first British-born Queen Consort since the Tudor period, and was greatly beloved by her people, engaging in her royal duties as long as she could.
#OTD in 2002, The Queen Mother died at Royal Lodge, Windsor, 7 weeks after Princess Margaret's death. Elizabeth was the 9th of 10 children, and the first truly British Queen Consort since Henry VIII's reign.
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— The Crown Chronicles (@crownchronicles) March 30, 2020
At the age of 101, the Queen Mother passed away after a long illness with her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, at her bedside. “The Queen, with the greatest sadness, has asked for the following announcement to be made immediately: her beloved mother, Queen Elizabeth, died peacefully in her sleep this afternoon at Royal Lodge, Windsor,” Buckingham Palace announced at the time. “Members of the royal family have been informed.”
— English Heritage (@EnglishHeritage) March 30, 2020
Due to current quarantine conditions, the Queen can’t be with the rest of her family to share their memories of her mother’s life today. But we hope the royal family has found a way to honor her life from afar, and let the Queen know that their hearts are with her.
Queen Elizabeth II has lived a long and adventurous life — Click here to find out details about her romantic love story with Prince Philip.