Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Marries Albert, Duke of York
In this photograph: King George V of Great Britain (right) and Queen Mary. Center are the future King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. On the left are the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, Elizabeth's parents.
In 1936, her husband unexpectedly became King when his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated. As Queen, Elizabeth accompanied her husband on diplomatic tours to France and North America before the start of World War II. During the war, her seemingly indomitable spirit provided moral support to the British public. In recognition of her role as an asset to British interests, After the war, her husband's health deteriorated and she was widowed at the age of 51.