British queen mothers

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from English queens dowager)
Jump to: navigation, search
Queen Elizabeth was styled "Queen Mother" during her widowhood.
Styles of
Queen mother
Reference style Her Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Ma'am

Queen mother is defined as "a queen dowager who is the mother of the reigning sovereign". The term has been used in English since at least 1560.[1][2]


A queen mother is a person satisfying the following criteria:

  • She is the mother of the current monarch.
  • She is a queen dowager.

Queen mother does not mean mother of the Queen; it applies whether the current monarch is queen or king.

As a queen, a queen mother retains the style of Her Majesty.

List of queen mothers[edit]

Following is a list of women who can be classified as as queen mother at some point in their lives.

English Queen Mothers (although title not used)

British Queen Mothers


  1. ^ "queen mother, n.". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.): "The widow of a king who is also the mother of the reigning monarch. "
  2. ^ Webster's Third New International Dictionary.