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Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

(1900-2002), Queen of George VI

Sitter associated with 535 portraits
Born in the last year of Queen Victoria's reign. Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married the Duke of York in 1923. She became Queen Elizabeth when her husband was crowned King George VI in 1937. On the King's death in 1952 she became known as the Queen Mother and her elder daughter became Queen Elizabeth II. She was the first member of the British Royal Family to pass the age of 100.

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Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Bertram Park - NPG P140(7)

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Bertram Park
bromide print, circa 1921
NPG P140(7)

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé - NPG P1391

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
gelatin silver print, 1923
NPG P1391

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Samuel Warburton - NPG 6582

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Samuel Warburton
watercolour on ivory, 1923
NPG 6582

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Reginald Grenville Eves - NPG 4145

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Reginald Grenville Eves
oil on canvas, 1924
NPG 4145

Queen Elizabeth II; Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Marcus Adams - NPG P140(10)

Queen Elizabeth II; Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Marcus Adams
bromide print, 5 July 1928
NPG P140(10)

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; Queen Elizabeth II; King George VI, by Marcus Adams - NPG P140(9)

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; Queen Elizabeth II; King George VI

by Marcus Adams
bromide print, feigned oval, July 1929
NPG P140(9)

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(4)

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 12 January 1937
NPG P870(4)

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Sir Gerald Kelly - NPG 4962

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Sir Gerald Kelly
oil on canvas, circa 1938
NPG 4962

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Sir Gerald Kelly - NPG 5287

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Sir Gerald Kelly
oil on canvas, 1940
On display at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor
NPG 5287

Conversation piece at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, by Sir James Gunn - NPG 3778

Conversation piece at the Royal Lodge, Windsor

by Sir James Gunn
oil on canvas, 1950
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3778

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Norman Parkinson - NPG P199

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Norman Parkinson
colour print, 1980
NPG P199

'The Royal Family: A Centenary Portrait', by John Wonnacott - NPG 6479

'The Royal Family: A Centenary Portrait'

by John Wonnacott
oil on canvas on foamboard, 2000
NPG 6479

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Frederick & Hubert Thurston - NPG x34718

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Frederick & Hubert Thurston
vintage bromide print, August 1902
NPG x34718

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Frederick & Hubert Thurston - NPG x34719

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Frederick & Hubert Thurston
vintage bromide print, 1902
NPG x34719

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Frederick & Hubert Thurston - NPG x34722

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Frederick & Hubert Thurston
bromide press print, January 1905
NPG x34722

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Rita Martin - NPG x41292

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Rita Martin
whole-plate glass negative, 1907
NPG x41292

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Rita Martin - NPG x68984

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Rita Martin
sepia-toned matte print on photographer's card mount, 1907
NPG x68984

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Rita Martin - NPG x68982

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Rita Martin
sepia-toned matte print on brown card mount, 1907
NPG x68982

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Rita Martin - NPG x68983

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Rita Martin
sepia-toned matte print on photographer's card, 1907
NPG x68983

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Rita Martin - NPG x125213

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Rita Martin
sepia-toned matte print on photographer's card mount, 1907
NPG x125213

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Rita Martin - NPG x11812

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Rita Martin
glossy bromide print, 1907
NPG x11812

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Rita Martin - NPG x41296

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Rita Martin
whole-plate glass negative, 1907
NPG x41296

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Rita Martin - NPG x41295

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Rita Martin
whole-plate glass negative, 1907
NPG x41295

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Rita Martin - NPG x41293

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Rita Martin
whole-plate glass negative, 1907
NPG x41293

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG x34717

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide press print, 1909
NPG x34717

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Hay Wrightson - NPG x29164

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Hay Wrightson
whole-plate film negative, 1919
NPG x29164

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29339

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 1920s
NPG Ax29339

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29340

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 1920s
NPG Ax29340

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29341

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 1920s
NPG Ax29341

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29342

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 1920s
NPG Ax29342

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