Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne

Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, was the mother of Queen Elizabeth. Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne was Queen Mother and maternal Grand mother of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne Info

Born
Cecilia Nina Cavendish-Bentinck

11 September 1862
Belgravia, Middlesex, England

Died 23 June 1938 (aged 75)
Marylebone, London, England
Resting place Glamis Castle
Spouse(s)
Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne

(m. 1881)

Children
  • Violet Bowes-Lyon
  • Mary Elphinstone, Lady Elphinstone
  • Patrick Bowes-Lyon, 15th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
  • John Bowes-Lyon
  • Alexander Bowes-Lyon
  • Fergus Bowes-Lyon
  • Rose Leveson-Gower, Countess Granville
  • Michael Bowes-Lyon
  • Elizabeth, Queen of the United Kingdom
  • Sir David Bowes-Lyon
Mother Caroline Louisa Burnaby
Father Charles Cavendish-Bentinck

Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne Life Story

Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne 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, Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne 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. Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne houses were run with meticulous care and a practical approach, and Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne was responsible for designing the Italian Garden at Glamis. She was deeply religious, a keen gardener and embroiderer, and preferred a quiet family life.

She suffered a heart attack in April 1938 during the wedding of her granddaughter, Anne Bowes-Lyon, to Thomas, Viscount Anson. She died 8 weeks later, aged 75, at 38 Cumberland Mansions, Bryanston Street, in London. Lady Strathmore outlived four of her ten children. She was buried on 27 June 1938 at Glamis Castle