British queen mothers
|Reference style||Her Majesty|
|Spoken style||Your Majesty|
A queen mother is a person satisfying the following criteria:
- She is the mother of the current monarch.
- She is a queen dowager.
- She must have been queen consort, but not having ceased to be so due to a divorce or annulment.
Queen mother does not mean mother of the Queen; it applies whether the current monarch is queen or king.
List of queen mothers
Following is a list of women who, on the above definition, were entitled to be known as queen mother at some point in their lives.
- 1910–1925 Alexandra of Denmark (though she preferred not to use the title). Mother of George V.
- 1936–1952 Mary of Teck (who also preferred not to use the title). Mother of Edward VIII and George VI.
- 1952–2002 Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, mother of Elizabeth II; her fifty years is by far the longest ever that anyone has held the status of queen mother.