Queen Mary

Today marks the Death Anniversary of Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother, who died on this day in 1953. Born the only daughter of Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge and the Duke of Teck on May 26, 1867, she was first engaged to Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, and after his death married his younger brother, then the Duke of York, in 1893. The couple had six children, and became King and Queen of the United Kingdom in 1910. King George V and Queen Mary were the only British Monarchs to be crowned Emperor and Empress of India in India. As Queen through WWI and the political upheaval of the Inter war era, Queen Mary was widowed in 1936, and lived through the reigns of two of her sons. A symbol of regal decorum and stability to the end, she died on this day in 1953, just months before the Coronation of her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

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