The Queen Mother Turned Down King George VI's Marriage Proposal Three Times

 

The Queen Mother Turned Down King George VI's Marriage Proposal Three Times

The Queen Mother had been married to King George VI for nearly 29 years when he passed away at the age of 56 in 1952.

But did you know that she turned down as many as three marriage proposals from her future husband when they were courting?

Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who was born on 4 August 1900, met Prince Albert (the future King George VI) for the first time at a dance given by Lord and Lady Farquhar at 7 Grosvenor Square in London, in 1920.

The besotted Prince proposed to Lady Elizabeth in 1921, but she turned him down because she felt "afraid never, never again to be free to think, speak and act as I feel I really ought to".

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