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The Last Empress of India
House of Windsor
"A great title for a great Lady. Who was she and how much do you know about her?"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
This 'commoner' of noble Scottish birth was crowned Queen Consort, and last Empress of India in 1937. Who was her royal husband?
King George VI
King Edward VIII
King George V
King Edward VII
Born during the reign of Queen Victoria, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon was the the ninth of ten children. Her birth was registered by her father, Lord Glamis, who in fact falsified one piece of information on her Birth Certificate. What does the error concern?
Her place of birth
Her full name
Her date of birth
Her parents' names
Before her second birthday Elizabeth's brother, David, was born. As there was a seven year age gap between these last two children and their eight siblings, Elizabeth and David formed a special bond. How were they known affectionately by their family?
The two Benjamins
The two Bartholomews
The two Berties
The two Brians
An engagement was announced on 14th January 1923 between Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and Prince Albert, Duke of York, but when did they first meet?
At the races five years before
At a children's party nearly twenty years earlier
At a 'coming-out' ball in London the previous year
Only a month earlier as the marriage had been arranged by their parents
The wedding took place at Westminster Abbey on the 26th April 1923 and radio companies requested permission to broadcast the service. Why did Buckingham Palace refuse?
They were afraid that it would be heard by "disrespectful people"
They were worried that the Prince's stammer would mean long silences
They did not want industry to lose work hours
It would have meant intrusive microphones
Having married the second son of the King, Elizabeth had anticipated a life, although not totally out of the limelight, certainly in the shadow of her husband's charismatic brother and future King, Edward. Who entered Edward's life and altered the line of succession, so catapulting Elizabeth and her husband onto the world stage?
(Two words or surname only)
Much like Princess Diana almost half a century later, Elizabeth underwent a transformation in her fashion sense following her marriage, and was pictured in a series of photographs by Cecil Beaton in 1937. Her favourite designer created a style for her to which she remained faithful throughout her life. Having received the 'Royal Warrant' in 1940 this couturier also made the wedding and coronation gowns of her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. Who was the 'court dressmaker' favoured by Elizabeth?
Elizabeth made a much quoted statement after Buckingham Palace was bombed during the war, saying that she was glad that it had happened. In her own words, what was her reason?
"At last we can move out to Windsor"
"It shows we will not give way to Hitler"
"The people will see we are one with them"
"It makes me feel I can look the East End in the face"
What terrible secret was Elizabeth keeping from her husband George during the early 1950s?
His mother was critically ill
He had cancer
The royal yacht had sunk
There was a conspiracy to depose him
For half a century following the death of her husband, each February Elizabeth would retreat to the place where he died for a time of private recollection. Where was that?
Sandringham House, Norfolk
Windsor Castle, London
Osborne House, Isle of Wight
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