March 15, 2021

Royal Family Celebrates Mother's Day With a Candid Photo Paying Tribute To the Queen Mother

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The British royal family commemorated Mother's Day, paying tribute to the Queen Mother. A lovely throwback photo of the matriarch and a young Queen Elizabeth II was shared to celebrate the day.

The royal family didn't pass on celebrating Mother's Day and took to social media to commemorate it. The Queen marked the day, sending a heartwarming message via the royal family's off Instagram page.

The monarch sent sweet words to all mothers worldwide with a touching and rare throwback photo of her and the Queen Mother. The vintage black-and-white image showed the mother-daughter duo in a warm embrace.

Queen Elizabeth II at day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images


Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother looked into each other's eyes with the doting matriarch gently putting her hands on a younger Elizabeth's waist as they smiled sweetly. The accompanying caption read:

"To all Mums everywhere, we wish you a very special Mother's Day. #motheringsunday."


According to reports, the lovely image was taken back in April 1940 when Queen Elizabeth was 13 years old. The photoshoot happened at Royal Lodge in Windsor, the Queen Mother's residence, from 1952 to 2002.

The Queen Mother was 101 years and 238 days old at the time of her demise.


The Queen Mother, whose birth name is Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, was born in August 1900. She grew up with royal family members as her friends, serving as a bridesmaid at Princess Mary's wedding in 1922.

In January 1923, she got engaged to Prince Albert, and they married in April. She gave birth to then-Princess Elizabeth in 1926 and Princess Margaret in 1930. After King George V died and King Edward VIII abdicated the throne, it fell upon Prince Albert.

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, UK, April 1940. | Photo: Getty Images


The Queen Mother became Queen Consort in 1937 and carried that title until 1953 when King George VI died, and her daughter Queen Elizabeth II became the monarch. The Queen Mother changed her residence to Clarence House.

She continued with her duties, helping the crown in whatever way she saw fit, attending public events, and taking care of her grandchildren until her death in March 2002. The Queen Mother was 101 years and 238 days old at the time of her demise.

The Queen Mother's coffin draped in the Bowes-Lyon standard carried by pall bearers into the Queen's Chapel at St James' palace. | Photo: Getty Images


Her heartbreaking death came seven weeks after her daughter Princess Margaret passed away. She was buried in April 2002 in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, next to her husband and Margaret. 

Following the Queen's Mother's Day shoutout, other members of the royal families paid tributes to the mothers in their lives. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles posted a photo of him and the Queen at the Braemer Highland Games in 2010.

They also shared a throwback photo of Camilla with her mother from 1990. Prince William and Kate paid tribute to the late Princess Diana, sharing the hand-painted cards that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis made.