Posted by Carolyn on October 23, 1997 at 16:50:51:
In response to A few additions, written by Ann on October 22, 1997 at 22:19:30
] ] Nowadays they prefer the ever so coy 'Queen Mum'.
] The unofficial title of 'Queen Mum' only became attached to Queen Elizabeth after the death of her husband the King. Prior to that, she was the Queen or Queen Consort. To distinguish her from her daughter Queen Elizabeth II they began reffering to her as the Queen('s) Mother.
I remember watching a documentary on the Queen Mother (Biography's royalty week, I think). Anyway, the doc seemed to imply that the phrase "Queen Mum" dates from her post WW2 visit to the US, when the US newpapers and news reels refereed the Queen mother as such.
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