Queen ‘standing but not walking’ says Witchell
The Queen Mother was a much-loved member of the Royal Family, dutifully playing her part for 50 years after the death of her husband, King George VI. Born at the turn of the 20th Century as Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, she established a glittering reputation, both as a queen in her own right and as the mother of the monarch. She died at the age of 101 just under 20 years ago, leaving behind a lasting legacy as one of the more popular members of the Royal Family, at a time when other members were suffering from particularly low levels of public approval.
She played an active role in public life right up until a few months before she died, just seven weeks after the death of her younger daughter Princess Margaret.
Yet, she wasn’t always the cheerful lady she was perceived to be.
A rare doll of our present Queen as a toddler is going up for auction, but the reason there are so few of them is down to the Queen Mother herself.
The doll was never mass produced after the royal reacted furiously to the initial prototype.
The Queen Mother angrily reacted to a doll depicting the then-Princess Elizabeth.
The Queen Mother felt the doll was ‘too chubby’.
The doll, blonde-haired and blue-eyed, was made in 1929 by toy manufacturers Schoenau and Hoffmeister.
It is part of a collection of 500 dolls being sold with the Special…