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After Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother turned 100 in 2000, British wags quipped that they hoped that her second century was as eventful as her first. Surviving just two more years, the beloved widow of King George VI didn't live to fulfill that hope, but no one can contest the historical epochs that she had lived through. As a teenager, she had helped troops convalescing from the trench battles of the Great War; during the London Blitz of World War II, she had refused to leave her city and her people. During her life, her nation had been transformed and its empire depleted, but this royal matriarch never betrayed her queenly dignity. William Shawcross' official biography is in one sense the life of one remarkable woman; in another, the biography of a great nation. Now in paperback. This 1168-page draws on completely unrestricted access to the Queen Mother's voluminous personal papers, letters, and diaries.