The official and definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of Prince Charlesâ€”and the most beloved British monarch of the twentieth century.Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyonâ€”the ninth of the Earl of Strathmoreâ€™s ten childrenâ€”was born on August 4, 1900, and, certainly, no one could have imagined that her long life (she died in 2002) would come to reflect a changing nation over the ourse of an entire century. Now, William Shawcrossâ€”given unrestricted access to the Queen Motherâ€™s personal papers, letters, and diariesâ€”gives us a portrait of unprecedented vividness and detail. Here is the girl who helped convalescing soldiers during the First World War . . . the young Duchess of York helping her reluctant husband assume the throne when his brother abdicated . . . the Queen refusing to take refuge from the bombing of London, risking her own life to instill courage and hope in others who were living through the Blitz . . . the dowager Queenâ€”the last Edwardian, the charming survivor of a long-lost eraâ€”representing her nation at home and abroad . . . the matriarch of the Royal Family and â€śthe nationâ€™s best-loved grandmother.â€ťA revelatory royal biography that is, as well, a singular history of Britain in the twentieth century.