Cecilia Kinghorne
Cecilia Kinghorne
Cecilia Nina Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, née Cavendish-Bentinck, GCVO, DStJ was the mother of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth, and then Queen Mother) and maternal grandmother and godmother of Elizabeth II. Some sources cite her birth name as Nina Cecilie.
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  • 1938
    Age 75
    She suffered a heart attack in April 1938 during the wedding of her granddaughter, Anne Bowes-Lyon, to Thomas, Viscount Anson.
    More Details Hide Details She died 8 weeks later, aged 75, at 38 Cumberland Mansions, Bryanston Street, in London. Lady Strathmore outlived four of her ten children.
  • 1921
    Age 58
    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 she had recovered sufficiently to celebrate the engagement of her youngest daughter, Elizabeth, to the King's son, Prince Albert, Duke of York, later George VI, the following January.
    More Details Hide Details When asked by pressmen for a photograph during the Edward VIII abdication crisis, she reportedly said, "I shouldn't waste a photograph on me."
  • 1904
    Age 41
    Claude inherited his father's title of Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne in 1904, whereupon Cecilia became Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1881
    Age 18
    On 16 July 1881, she married Claude Bowes-Lyon, Lord Glamis at Petersham, Surrey, and they had ten children.
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  • 1862
    Born on September 11, 1862.
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