Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother 1900-2002: The Queen Mother and Her Century
Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother 1900 - 2002 presentsthe life of a remarkable woman. A Canadian perspective on asovereign who created and cultivated a special relationship withCanada, it is the portrait of a queen who always evoked passionatereactions. Whether it was the anonymous soldier who vowed "to fightfor that little lady," Adolf Hitler who described her as "the mostdangerous woman in Europe," or the Canadian journalist who coinedthe expression "the Queen Mum," the Queen Mother seldom left peopleunmoved.Opening with the royal tour of 1939, during which Canadiansfirst felt her personal magnetism, Queen Elizabeth, The QueenMother 1900 - 2002 describes Elizabeth's background anddevelopment, relating how she made a marriage that brought her tothe centre stage of public life. It traces her tender support ofher shy husband, a reluctant king, shows how she began herCommonwealth role, and recalls her shock at the sudden andunexpected call to wear the Crown.Faced with the never-ending duties of a queen, Elizabeth provedcapable of providing inspired leadership for a society faced withthe stark prospect of destruction in a war to save the world. Onthe premature death of her beloved husband she became QueenElizabeth, The Queen Mother, a role that has shaped nearly half herlife, and one in which Canada has always played an important part.The authors analyze Her Majesty's successes and failures, bothpublic and private, against the background of a century of violentdisruption, material achievement, and incredible change.