List of titles and honours of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

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Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon received numerous decorations and honorary appointments during and after her time as consort to King George VI. Each is listed below; where two dates are shown, the first indicated the date of receiving the award or title, and the second indicates the date of its loss or renunciation.

Her British honours were read out at her funeral, held in the United Kingdom, as follows:

Thus it hath pleased Almighty God to take out of this transitory life unto His Divine Mercy the late Most High, Most Mighty and Most Excellent Princess Elizabeth, Queen Dowager and Queen Mother, Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Lady of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Lady of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India, Grand Master and Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order upon whom had been conferred the Royal Victorian Chain, Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Dame Grand Cross of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, Relict of His Majesty King George the Sixth and Mother of Her Most Excellent Majesty Elizabeth The Second by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, whom may God preserve and bless with long life, health and honour and all worldly happiness.[1]

In the memorial service held in Canada, her Canadian honours, the Canadian Forces Decoration and Order of Canada, were read out.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 4 August 1900 – 16 February 1904: The Honorable Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
  • 16 February 1904 – 26 April 1923: Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
  • 26 April 1923 – 11 December 1936: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York
  • 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952: Her Majesty The Queen
    • 11 December 1936 – 14 August 1947 (for British India): Her Imperial Majesty The Queen-Empress
  • 6 February 1952 – 30 March 2002: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

British Commonwealth and Commonwealth of Nations honours[edit]

Appointments
Country Date Appointment Post-nominal letters
United Kingdom United Kingdom 1923 – 30 March 2002 Member of the Royal Family Order of King George V
United Kingdom British Empire and Commonwealth 1926 – 30 March 2002 Dame Grand Cross of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem DGStJ
United Kingdom United Kingdom 1927 – 30 March 2002 Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire GBE
British Raj Red Ensign.svg British India 1931 – 30 March 2002 Companion of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India CI
United Kingdom United Kingdom 1936 – 30 March 2002 Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter KG
United Kingdom British Empire and Commonwealth 1937 – 30 March 2002 Grand Master and Principal Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order GCVO
United Kingdom United Kingdom 1937 – 30 March 2002 Member of the Royal Family Order of King George VI
United Kingdom United Kingdom 1937 – 30 March 2002 Extra Lady of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle KT
United Kingdom United Kingdom 1952 – 30 March 2002 Member of the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II
United Kingdom United Kingdom 1978 – 30 March 2002 Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports
New Zealand New Zealand 1990 – 30 March 2002 Member of the Order of New Zealand ONZ
Canada Canada 2000 – 30 March 2002 Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada CC
Medals and decorations
Country Date Decoration Post-nominal letters
United Kingdom British Empire and Commonwealth 1936 Royal Red Cross RRC
United Kingdom British Empire and Commonwealth 1937 Royal Victorian Chain
United Kingdom British Empire and Commonwealth 1935 King George V Silver Jubilee Medal
United Kingdom British Empire and Commonwealth 1937 King George VI Coronation Medal
United Kingdom British Empire and Commonwealth 1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
United Kingdom British Empire and Commonwealth 1977 Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
United Kingdom British Empire and Commonwealth 2002 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
Canada Canada 1951 Canadian Forces Decoration and Five Bars CD
Awards
Country Date Decoration Post-nominal letters
United Kingdom United Kingdom 1961 Royal Horticultural Society Victoria Medal of Honour

Foreign honours[edit]

Appointments
Country Date Appointment Post-nominal letters
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 1923 – 30 March 2002 Grand Cross of the Order of St. Sava
Afghanistan Afghanistan 1928 – 17 July 1973 Member First Class of the Order of the Supreme Sun
Japan Japan 1937 – 30 March 2002 Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown
France France 1937 – 30 March 2002 Grand Cordon of the National Order of the Legion of Honour
Kingdom of Romania Romania 1938 – 30 December 1947 Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Romania
Nepal Nepal 1948 – 30 March 2002 Grand Cross of the Order of the Ojaswi Rajanya
Netherlands Netherlands 1950 – 30 March 2002 Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion
Greece Greece 1950 – 30 March 2002 Member of the Order of St Olga and St Sophia MSOS
Peru Peru 1960 – 30 March 2002 Grand Cross of the Order of the Sun
Tunisia Tunisia 1961 – 30 March 2002 Grand Cordon of the Order of Independence
Decorations
Country Date Decoration Post-nominal letters
France France 1945 Red Cross Medal
Norway Norway 1945 Norwegian War Cross

Honorary military positions[edit]

Australia Australia
Canada Canada
New Zealand New Zealand
South Africa South Africa
Southern Rhodesia Southern Rhodesia
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Honorific eponyms[edit]

Further information: Royal eponyms in Canada

Structures[edit]

Buildings[edit]

Schools[edit]

Ships[edit]

Freedom of the City[edit]

Commonwealth realms
Foreign

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Member and fellowships[edit]

Country Date Organisation Position
 United Kingdom 1956 – 2002 Royal Society Honorary Fellow (FRS)
 United Kingdom Royal Society of Edinburgh Honorary Fellow (FRSE)
 England London School of Economics Honorary Fellow
 Ontario 1974 – 2002 Law Society of Upper Canada Honorary Bencher [1]
 England Royal College of Physicians Honorary Fellow
 Scotland Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Honorary Fellow
 England Royal College of Surgeons of England Patron
 United Kingdom Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Patron
 United Kingdom Royal Academy of Music Patron
 United Kingdom Marie Curie Memorial Foundation Patron
 Ontario Ontario Jockey Club Patron
 United Kingdom Royal Air Force Club Honorary Life Member
 United Kingdom Royal College of Midwives Patron
 United Kingdom Royal College of Music President Emerita
 United Kingdom Royal College of Nursing Patron
 England Royal College of Surgeons of England Patron
 United Kingdom Royal Commonwealth Society Patron
 United Kingdom Royal British Legion (Women's Section) President
 Scotland Royal British Legion Scotland (Women's Section) Grand President
 United Kingdom Royal School of Church Music Patron
 United Kingdom Royal Society of Musicians Patron
 United Kingdom Royal Automobile Club Honorary Member
 United Kingdom Royal Household Cricket Club Patron
 United Kingdom Royal School of Needlework Patron
 United Kingdom Royal Horticultural Society Patron
 United Kingdom Royal National Lifeboat Institution Patron
 United Kingdom Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Patron
 Scotland Royal Scottish Society of Arts Patron
 Scotland Scottish National Institution for the War Blinded Patron
 United Kingdom Special Forces Club Patron
 United Kingdom Cavalry and Guards Club Lady Patron
 United Kingdom Society of Antiquaries of London Royal Fellow (FSA)
 Canada Victorian Order of Nurses Patron
United Kingdom British Empire and Commonwealth 1956 – 2002 Victoria Cross and George Cross Association Patron
United Kingdom British Empire and Commonwealth Gallantry Medallists' League Patron

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Scholastic[edit]

Chancellor, visitor, governor, and fellowships
Country Date School Position
 Scotland 1967 – 1977 University of Dundee Chancellor
 England 1955 – 1980 University of London Chancellor
 England London School of Economics Honorary Fellow
 Ontario 1974 – 2002 Law Society of Upper Canada Honorary Bencher [9]


Honorary Degrees
Country Date School Degree
 Northern Ireland 1924 Queen's University Belfast Doctor of Laws (LLD)
 Scotland 1929 University of St. Andrews Doctor of Laws (LLD)
 Scotland 1932 University of Glasgow Doctor of Laws (LLD)
 Scotland 1937 University of Edinburgh Doctor of Laws (LLD)
 South Africa 1947 University of Cape Town Doctor of Laws (LLD)
 England 1948 University of Cambridge Doctor of Laws (LLD)
 England 1951 Victoria University of Manchester Doctor of Laws (LLD)
 England 1954 University of Leeds Doctor of Laws (LLD) [10]
 New York 1954 Columbia University Doctor of Laws (LLD)
 Australia 1958 University of Melbourne Doctor of Laws (LLD)
 New Zealand 1966 University of Auckland Doctor of Laws (LLD)
 Nova Scotia 1967 Dalhousie University Doctor of Laws (LLD) [11]
 Zimbabwe 1981 University of Zimbabwe Doctor of Laws (LLD)
 Scotland 1983 University of Aberdeen Doctor of Laws (LLD)
 England 1931 University of Oxford Doctor of Civil Law (DCL)
 Scotland 1967 University of Dundee Doctor of Civil Law (DCL)
 England 1984 Newcastle University Doctor of Civil Law (DCL)
 England 1966 University of Sheffield Doctor of Music (D.Mus)
 England 1973 Royal College of Music Doctor of Music (D.Mus)
 Scotland 1994 Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama Doctor of Music (D.Mus)
 England 1937 University of London Doctor of Letters (D.Litt)
 Jamaica 1965 University of the West Indies Doctor of Letters (D.Litt)
 England 1965 University of Keele Doctor of Letters (D.Litt)
 England 1991 Royal Veterinary College Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

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