The letter, released by Buckingham Palace in 2009, was written from Queen Elizabeth – now the Queen Mother – to the mother of her husband King George VI, about the bombing at Buckingham Palace. The Queen Mother described how there was a “tremendous explosion” and how there were three casualties in the blast. However, it is how she started and signed off the letter that really reveals her true feelings for the dowager queen.
She addressed the letter with “my darling Mama”, revealing an unusually close and intimate relationship for in-laws.
At the end of her letter, in which she was frank about her feelings about the bombing and the state of London itself, she expressed her longing to see Mary.
She wrote: “Darling Mama, I do hope that you will let me come and stay a day or two later – it is so sad being parted, as this War has parted families.
“With my love, and prayers for your safety, ever darling Mama, your loving daughter-in-law. Elizabeth.”
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The Queen Mother's letter to Queen Mary has revealed their close relationship (Image: GETTY)
Queen Mary, the Queen Mother, Prince Charles and Princess Anne (Image: GETTY)
These astonishing words show the great affection the Queen Mother had for Queen Mary.
Queen Mary, also known as Mary of Teck, was married to King George V – the grandson of Queen Victoria and grandfather to Queen Elizabeth II.
Mary served as George V’s Queen Consort from his accession in 1910 to his death in 1936.
She had originally been betrothed to Prince Albert Victor, George V’s older brother, but he died unexpectedly during an influenza pandemic and the following year she became engaged to George.
Bomb damage at Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)
As Queen Consort she supported her husband through World War 1, his ill health and major political changes in the inter-war period.
After his death, she became the Queen