Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne
The Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Cecilia Nina Cavendish-Bentinck
11 September 1862
Belgravia, Middlesex, England
|Died||23 June 1938 (aged 75)|
Marylebone, London, England
|Resting place||Glamis Castle|
Cecilia Nina Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne née Cavendish-Bentinck; 11 September 1862 – 23 June 1938) was the mother of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and maternal grandmother and godmother of Queen Elizabeth II.(
She was born in Belgravia, Westminster, the eldest daughter of the Rev. Charles Cavendish-Bentinck (grandson of British Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland) and his wife, Louisa (née Burnaby).
On 16 July 1881, she married Claude Bowes-Lyon, Lord Glamis, at St Peter's Church, Petersham, Surrey, and they had ten children. Claude inherited his father's title of Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne in 1904, whereupon Cecilia became Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne.
The Strathmore estates included two grand houses and their surroundings: Glamis Castle and St Paul's Walden Bury. Cecilia was a gregarious and accomplished hostess who played the piano exceptionally well. Her houses were run with meticulous care and a practical approach, and she was responsible for designing the Italian Garden at Glamis. She was deeply religious, a keen gardener and embroiderer, and preferred a quiet family life.
During World War I, Glamis Castle served as a convalescent hospital for the wounded, in which she took an active part until she developed cancer and was forced into invalidity. In October 1921 she underwent a hysterectomy, and by May 1922 was in recovery. In January 1923 she celebrated the engagement of her youngest daughter, Elizabeth, to the King's son, Prince Albert, Duke of York, later George VI. When asked by pressmen for a photograph during the Edward VIII abdication crisis, she reportedly said, "I shouldn't waste a photograph on me." At the coronation of their son-in-law and daughter, the Earl and the Countess were seated in the royal box, along with the immediate royal family.
Lady Strathmore suffered a heart attack in April 1938 during the wedding of her granddaughter, Anne Bowes-Lyon (later Princess of Denmark), to Viscount Anson. She died 8 weeks later at 38 Cumberland Mansions, Bryanston Street, in London, at the age of 75. Lady Strathmore outlived four of her ten children. She was buried on 27 June 1938 at Glamis Castle.
|The Hon. Violet Hyacinth Bowes-Lyon||17 April 1882||17 October 1893||11 years||She died from diphtheria and was buried at St Andrew's Church, Ham. She was never styled 'Lady' because she died before her father succeeded to the Earldom.|
|Lady Mary Frances Bowes-Lyon||30 August 1883||8 February 1961||77 years||She married Sidney Elphinstone, 16th Lord Elphinstone; in 1910, and had issue.|
|Patrick Bowes-Lyon, Lord Glamis||22 September 1884||25 May 1949||64 years||He married Lady Dorothy Osborne (daughter of George Osborne, 10th Duke of Leeds) in 1908, and had issue. In 1944, he became 15th and 2nd Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.|
|Lieutenant The Hon. John Bowes-Lyon||1 April 1886||7 February 1930||43 years||Known as Jock, he married The Hon. Fenella Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis (daughter of Charles Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis, 21st Baron Clinton) in 1914, and had issue.|
|The Hon. Alexander Francis Bowes-Lyon||14 April 1887||19 October 1911||24 years||Known as Alec, he died in his sleep of a tumour at the base of the cerebrum, unmarried.|
|Captain The Hon. Fergus Bowes-Lyon||18 April 1889||27 September 1915||26 years||He married Lady Christian Dawson-Damer (daughter of Lionel Dawson-Damer, 5th Earl of Portarlington) in 1914, and had issue. He was killed in the early stages of the Battle of Loos.|
|Lady Rose Constance Bowes-Lyon||6 May 1890||17 November 1967||77 years||She married William Leveson-Gower, 4th Earl Granville in 1916, and had issue.|
|Lieutenant-Colonel The Hon. Michael Claude Hamilton Bowes-Lyon||1 October 1893||1 May 1953||59 years||Known as Mickie, he was a prisoner of war (at Holzminden prisoner-of-war camp) during World War I. He married Elizabeth Cator in 1928. She was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Albert, Duke of York, and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon on 26 April 1923. They had issue, including Michael Bowes-Lyon, 17th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne. He died of asthma and heart failure in Bedfordshire.|
|Lady Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon||4 August 1900||30 March 2002||101 years||In 1923, she married the future King George VI, and had issue, including Queen Elizabeth II. She became queen consort in 1936, and in later life, after the death of her husband, she was known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.|
|The Hon. Sir David Bowes-Lyon||2 May 1902||13 September 1961||59 years||He married Rachel Clay in 1929, and had issue.|
|Ancestors of Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne|
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