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Tuesday, 8 August, 2000, 10:31 GMT 11:31 UK
Queen Mother: Your birthday tributes
Often known as "the nation's favourite grandmother" she is probably the most popular member of the Royal Family. Yet despite her appeal she has always remained regal and enigmatic, refusing to give interviews or comments to the press.
She seems unchangeable in both appearance and outlook - personifying the resolve and decorum often associated with an earlier age.
This Talking Point is now closed. Here are a selection of comments sent in by BBC News Online users.
I think it is wonderful that she is 100 years old. She is an amazing lady. I have always admired her very much.
Marilyn P. Goldberg, USA
I would like to extend my heartiest greetings to your Majesty for your birthday just passed. I watched the BBC highlights on TV and was most impressed with poise and natural display of your cheer and happiness on such an occasion. Thank you for providing such a wonderful display of pomp and circumstance that only the Royal Guards could provide.
Barbara Davies, France
Her Majesty is a perfect example of the value of constitutional monarchy. Instead of a more or less anonymous president who is around for four years or so, Britain has the advantage of a family who can be the focus of nationalism. The Queen Mother has fulfilled her role perfectly. She must be very proud of what she has achieved. It must have taken a lot of hard work and a lot of guts!
We are a family of British origin living in the George Cross Island of Malta. We think you are the greatest grandmother, not only of the UK but of the entire Commonwealth of nations. Happy birthday, Ma'am
Congratulations on your 100th birthday, Ma'am. May you have many more - and enjoy them all. It is nice to see that the good ones don't always die young.
Bronwyn Robinson, USA
You go girl! Happy birthday to an amazing woman. You've got 60 years on my wife but you're still an inspiration!
We hope that God will keep you in his view and that he will continue to give you good health. When I was about seven, my grandmother came over to visit us I still remember the nice things she said about you and the king. God bless you.
Very few people reach 100 years these days, Queen Mother you are one out of a million. Wishing you all the best as you are celebrating your birthday.
Wendy Fletcher, France
Happy Birthday Ma'am! I am 24 and feel that others of my age group could learn from your example - it would put an end to swearing and rap music.
Greetings on your 100th birthday from the Personnel Department on the Island of St Helena. We hope that the tray cloth sent to you by the people of our island, which was embroidered with arum lilies, a flower we believe you remember well from your visit here in 1947, brings back many happy memories.
Rebecca Fritsley, United Stated
May the shots of your 21-gun salute be heard around the world and may the daylight of your wisdom and achievements continue to shine upon our oldest and dearest institution. Happy birthday!
Sacha Workman, England
Congratulations! Queen Mother.
What a very special day for you.
I hope you enjoy every minute
and have many happy memories in
the future. God bless you,
My Dear Grandmother,
Grandmother, on your birthday
There's something you should know
We would like to wish Her Majesty
a very Happy Birthday. She is an inspiration to
all of us and stands for everything that
is Great about Britain. Long may she
continue to be fit and well and
play her role as THE senior member of the
Anne, Tasmania, Australia
In fact, I didn't know about this historical date before. But now I'd like to congratulate you and wish you health. I will organize a crazy party for your honour tonight. I will send you the postcards. Later!
Congratulations on this most special of occasions. You have been a shining example to all, and are loved and admired across the world. God bless you Your Majesty, and may the best of your past be the worst of your future.
Wishing you the best and happiest of birthdays on this very special day.
Even in today's so called healthy environment it's still quite an achievement reaching your 100th year.
My father always wanted to receive a telegram from the Queen on his 100th birthday - unfortunately he didn't make it!
I know he would have liked to send loyal greetings to you, so I do so on his behalf.
Ferdinand Calvo, USA
Some people I know told me I should write you something about the fact that I was born on the exact same day as you, the difference being that I was born in 1957...
I wish to live as long as you did and wish you to continue to live in as a good condition as you seem to be now!
As a member of Monarchy (only by my name though...) I share this very special moment with you!
No greater tribute has ever been paid than Hitler's comment that the Queen Mum was "the most dangerous woman in Europe" because of her success in sustaining public morale when Britain stood alone against the Nazis. All of us who benefit from the triumph of democracy in 1945 owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude. Happy Birthday Ma'am!
We send you heartfelt greetings and congratulations on your centenary. Thank you for being an example of grace and good will to all nations for so many years! Happy Birthday to You!
You go girl!
Happy birthday to an amazing woman. You've got 79 years on me but you're still an inspiration!
The British Club Bangkok sends loyal greetings and congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on the occasion of her hundredth birthday.
Kyle Kendrick, USA/North Carolina
We both wish to send you our very best
wishes for your 100th birthday.
May God bless you and keep you in
good health. You are an inspiration
to us all.
On behalf of my entire family over here in the Netherlands I would like to congratulate you with reaching a mile-stone (your 100th birthday).
I deeply hope that you will have a wonderful birthday today and many more to come.
You are a very special person AND a example for many people all overt the world.
Happy Birthday to Her Majesty the Queen Mother from a British grandmother to five beautiful grandchildren in Colombia, who get overcome with nostalgia when she sees the Royal Family in the news.
Congratulations Your Majesty and best wishes to you on your 100th birthday. You are a charming and elegant Lady and we love you even here in South Africa. God bless and keep you well and from harm. Enjoy the day with your wonderful family.
Aldo D, Malta
Happy 100th Birthday Queen Mum from Will (age 4) and Elena (age 3). It's my birthday soon but I won't have as many candles to blow out. Good luck!
Loads of love and another century for you, Elizabeth! I'm moving to Scotland soon, but everyone I know in this country respects you and talks about you all the time.
Happy Birthday to a charming old lady.
A happy 100th birthday from one Leo to another. You make the world a better place
Congratulations on your birthday.
I wish you all the best, good health and prosperity.
We congratulate you on your 100th birthday and hope there are many more years to come.
From the Netherlands we give you our love and a big kiss and hug
Happy 100th Birthday to Her Majesty the Queen Mother. May God bless you and may He give you the strength and health to lead and enlighten our world
All is well if the Queen Mum is well! Happy Birthday from the other side of the world.
Farid el Masry, Egypt/ USA
Happy Birthday your Majesty!
My Mum who is 87, has told me so many times just how wonderful it was to see you and King George as you passed by our house on your 1939 visit to Canada.
Your visit to St. Catharines may have been brief, but it left a lifetime of memories.
It's really a great thing to have scored a century. Happy birthday Queen Mother.
May you live for many more birthdays.
Many happy returns dear Ma'am on this very special birthday. I was outside Clarence House for five of your birthdays in the 1990's and always said I would be in the crowd for your 100th. Sadly I can't be in the crowd this year because I am recovering from an accident. So from Canada I thank you for all you have done for us in the Commonwealth and I wish you much happiness and good health. Have a wonderful day.
Happy Birthday to Her Majesty the Queen Mother! The most wonderful grandmother we can wish for all families in the world. God save the Queen Mother!
Your Majesty, I would like to send you sincere good wishes on the occasion of your 100th birthday. I will never forget the day I saw you at Centenary Park, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia) more than 40 years ago. I was in such awe I hid behind my mother's flared skirt when you and the then young Princesses passed by. Now a grandmother myself aged 52, I am still in awe of you. Your lesson to me has always been to try and remain "cool, calm and collected".
Melinda Shepherd, USA
A very large heartfelt Happy Birthday to the world's most famous grandmother. A century of service to the UK and the world - we could all learn a lot from her life.
Congratulations to Her Majesty the Queen Mother. Have a wonderful 2nd century! May the blessings of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you always. Amen.
Wishing you a very wonderful and magnificent birthday.
HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother is now 100. Her 1939 visit to Washington was very special. I hope she comes back again for another visit.
I am a young 92 year old, born and brought up in Edinburgh. I really admired the actions of you and your husband, the King, during the war. Many happy returns on your 100th birthday.
We are both British, now living with our daughter in America. We well remember the war years, both of us were in the services at home. You were an inspiration to us all during that time. Since then you have constantly set a role model for others. Many happy returns.
I wish the Queen Mother a happy anniversary. May she continue to be in good health.
I'd like to congratulate the Queen Mum on her 100th birthday.
A very happy birthday, Ma'am. Thank you for your steadfast and devoted service to Britain in good times and bad.
Having admired you all these years, we send our love and best wishes on this wonderful, wonderful birthday. May you have a great party!
You have inspired many with your grace and dignity. Congratulations on reaching your 100th birthday. I am proud to share your birthday and hope, in my small way, to live up to the example you have set. Your Majesty, I send you my best wishes and love for this special day and many more to come.
I shall always remember the day I saw you and the late King drive by when we lived in London. Your smile was radiant as it still is. You are a shining light in what can some times be a dismal world.
Here's wishing you a very happy Birthday and may you have many more.
All the best wishes from Peter Repka, British Embassy Slovakia
One of the thrills of my life was being in London in 1985 for Trooping the Colour. I was standing along Pall Mall and a black limousine drove by headed for Buckingham Palace. Inside we saw the Queen Mother smiling and waving. Everyone began to applaud and wave back. It was so emotional. Happy Birthday, Your Majesty, and many many more!
Congratulations Your Majesty and best wishes to you on your 100th birthday. Thank you for the contribution you have made and continue to make as an example of human compassion and understanding in this world. Your tireless energy and goodwill towards everyone is remarkable.
As an Ulsterman who grew up during the reign of King George V1, and the Queen Mother, I would like to offer loving and loyal greetings from the USA.
Sincere and warm greetings to you from Ireland - especially from all lovers of Horse racing who hold you
with special affection in our hearts.
I am happy to know that my birthday is the same as the Queen's birthday. I was born in 4th of August 1977 and so the world will celebrate her birthday, as well as mine.
John W, Holland
Happy Birthday from one of your admirers from across the sea. If only we could all possess the dignity and elegance that you have.... What a better world it would be. You make me feel good every time I see your photograph. You're a shining example of what every woman should be at age 100.
It is so wonderful as a Brit away from home to see that you are so well and so very elegant. Happy Birthday M'aam.
Happy 100th Birthday, Your Majesty! You have truly been a pillar of the Windsor's, especially during WWII. You insisted on staying during the blitz, even though others thought that you should have evacuated. What a wonderful testament to your commitment to the British people. God Save the Queen Mum!
I think you are very strong and you have been very good to this country in helping lots of charities and I think you are really generous.
Happy Birthday Your majesty. You are charming and loved by all people, whether in your country or other countries. I hope you will have a wonderful healthy life.
Congratulations on reaching 100 years of age, a magnificent achievement for a magnificent person. Happy Birthday your Majesty.
Yatin Pathak, UK/Canada
You make me so proud to be English, God bless you, you wonderful lady.
Have a very happy birthday and here's to the second hundred.
P.S. I am 40 the day before you are one hundred, I will definitely raise a glass to you.
Have a lovely day ma'am...you are an example to all. Here's wishing you a 100 more...CHEERS.
Happy 100th birthday, hope you have a wonderful day. I was born in the UK and my daughter was born on 4th August '89 so she always tells people that she shares the same birthday as you. We moved to USA when she was three months old, she wishes to see you one day.
Wishing you a wonderful 100th birthday, ma-am. I too was born on the 4th of August and I am still British and proud in being one of your loyal subjects. May you continue to be strong and healthy, an inspiration to all Brits, whether in Britain or abroad.
I hope you have a lovely birthday!
Wish you a very Happy Birthday
Dr Jeffrey Page, Auckland, New Zealand
A very happy birthday and God bless.
Congratulations to Britain's No.1 lady, an inspiration to millions and an example and inspiration to the British people.
Congratulations on your 100th birthday.
Happy birthday ma-am
Happy birthday to you the real lady of the British empire from an Aussie Geordie girl.
The queen mother lifts my sprit up further than an astronaut in Mars or Pluto. May God bless her Majesty. I wish her a wonderful birthday season.
Dear Queen mother,
How are you? I am sending you a greeting card because You are 100 and that's a very good age to live up to. So happy birthday.
Serbian people will never forget days of the First and Second World War when our grandfathers fought with England and you. I wish that you live another 100 years. As bombs were falling on Belgrade last year, just like they were falling on London and Belgrade in April 1941, you were an inspiration then, just like you are today.
The Queen Mother has always been special to me. My mother is originally from England; and her relations are still there. Her mother was born just a few days before the Queen Mum. She would always tell me stories about her. She felt a special closeness to her because of their shared age. I have always loved England; and the Queen Mother IS England at its best. She is truly a most remarkable woman.
As an expatriate Yorkshireman, living for 40 years in Venezuela, seeing the Queen Mother in public reminds me of the great country I left but have never forgotten.
Seeing the joy on the faces of your loyal subjects and the happiness that this has given to you, brought tears of joy to my family and I. Yesterday's festivities were splendiferous! All the best Your Majesty.
Irene Dillon, Malta
When I saw the images of you visiting the ruins of London caused by German bombs in World War II, I understood why you have had such a long life. I hope you live many years to tell us what is right and what is wrong.
Dudley Stone, USA
I think everyone should follow you and be spurred by what an example you have set to all of us. Happy Birthday Ma'am!
Our best wishes will be with our beloved Queen Mother this August 4th. May God bless her and keep her well.
Congratulations to Her Majesty, the Queen Mum for her
It is nice to hear that you are celebrating your 100th birthday, you are a symbol of pride for Britain and for the Commonwealth.
Poland wishes you a Happy Birthday - an ordinary greeting for an extraordinary person.
I will always remember the day in the 50's when my mother, walking to the post office, saw an official car slow down and the window roll down. The Queen Mother was on her way to the Cheltenham Races and took time to wave to the only person in the street, my mum. What a true lady. My mum never forgot that day. Thanks Ma'am for giving her that special greeting. I wish my mum was still around to help you celebrate.
I would like to congratulate Queen Elizabeth for reaching 100 years not because she is Queen Mother or royal but just for that 100 years of survival!
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday.
May the Almighty bless you and the Royal Family with good health and a long life to keep and protect the United Kingdom.
Congratulations in reaching the marvellous age of 100. You are a tower of strength to us all. Let's hope you will celebrate many more birthdays this century.
D. C. Sidaway, USA
Congratulations to a must remarkable woman - Her Majesty the Queen Mother! You have lead an interesting life, and have inspired all sorts of people. You have done a great deal of wonderful work not only for Great Britain, but also for all of us around the world!
A very happy birthday to you from all your admirers in Ireland.
You are loved on both sides of the Atlantic. I hope I am as healthy as you are when I reach 100.
Janice Ford, USA
it is with great pleasure that my wife and I wish you a happy birthday and many happy returns of the day.
Have a wonderful Birthday. We know you will share it with your family which always fills special days with memories that last forever. Happy Birthday!
Congratulations on your 100th birthday!
Nathan Rosenberg, Israel
Chris Cradock, USA
Congratulations on your 100th birthday. I express my
admiration for your strength of character, the commitment
to duty and your adherence to faith in the midst of all that
your have been through in scoring your grand century.
Best wishes and prayers.
I look forward to being in your parade today
A wonderful achievement. I applaud your courage and dignity in the face of so much media hostility. Rest assured they don't speak for the majority of us. Keep going!!
I am grateful of having the joy to congratulate ''Our Queen as my little Brazilian grand daughter in England calls Queen Mother'.
You are the most popular member of
Royal Family in all our hearts.
Happy Birthday Queen Mum. Britons and all the world are fortunate to have you all these years. God Bless You.
All our sincere respects to the Queen Mother and wishing her a very happy 100th Anniversary.
David Christopher C. Cruz, Philippines
Although wealth can contribute to longevity, it is the blessing of God that has enabled you to live through a century and still look so great. All the women in Liberia join me in wishing you a happy birthday, and pray for God's continued blessings upon you.
Happy Birthday, your Majesty. Thank you for your support during those difficult times. You embodied the British spirit with dignity and style. God bless you Ma'am!
Happy birthday to you from Sion, Ashley, Thomas, Joanne, Robert, Tanya, Liam, Nathan, Lee, Libby, Keiron, Adam, Mrs Lake and Mrs Beaumont.
Congratulations, and hope to emulate you in three years time - I am 97.
All the way from a small island called La-Digue - Travis and Trina Mills would like to wish you a happy 100th birthday and many, many more. Hope your day will be special just like you are. May this day bring you lots of joy and happiness for the rest of your life.
Graham Wood, Canada
Happy birthday Queen Mother - I love you.
May I, as an ex pat, extend my congratulations to you. I hope you have a wonderful day.
You are a gracious lady.
Best wishes for your special day. I wish that I could be home in the UK for it, but thanks to the BBC we will see the highlights here.
Best wishes to an amazing lady on her 100th birthday.
A wonderful woman, who has always acted with charm and kindness to all through peace and war. Happy birthday!
Congratulations to the most sympathetic lady of the Royal Family. I wish her all the best for the coming years as well.
Happy birthday Queen Mother. I'm a Norwegian admirer who wishes you all the best.
Kim, Keunsoo, Korea
Congratulations and best wishes to a wonderful lady!! You are a remarkable woman and I wish you many more happy and healthy years.
Wishing you a joyous birthday and may the good Lord give you peace of heart and mind now and forever.
At the moment I am in Australia, but would like to wish you a very happy Birthday and will be watching on the big day. Enjoy every minute - you deserve it.
Throughout my life I watch this charming lady as a living icon of dignity and sympathy!
Congratulations Queen Mother and be with us for another 100 years!
I was a child in Cardiff when we had our worst blitz. All night it went on and when dawn came and the noise stopped, by 10 am you and your husband were standing at the end of my street. God Bless you for that and a big thank you from me.
Long live the Queen Mother.
Happy Birthday, Queen Mother!
May you continue to enjoy happiness and health.
May your birthday be as special as you are.
Best Wishes. England is lucky to have you.
The Queen Mother is a source of inspiration for millions of youngsters in India and around the world. We were touched by your generosity when you visited India. The whole nation salutes the great Mother.
I am British, living in Colorado, USA. When I was 5 years old, the Queen Mother came to visit my school in Fulham, London. I remember curtseying, and she asked me; "If I liked the kindergarten"? A day I will always remember. Happy Birthday, Queen Mother!
Your 100th Birthday is a special day for you but others want to show they're happy for you too.
May God bless you and be near you on this special day and keep you in His loving care along life's future way.
May the Lord our God keep you safe in his arms, give you the joy of His presence and let you know His great love every coming day.
God bless you, Queen Mum!
Ursula McKinlay, USA
Wishing you a happy birthday and many, many more to celebrate.
Did the Queen Mother get a telegram from her daughter, hand-delivered with the morning cornflakes along with the gas bill and an invitation to apply for a Barclaycard?
Best wishes for your 100th Birthday Queen Mum - may you enjoy many more. I am sure that we will all be celebrating with you on this very special day.
A class act - what an amazing lady.
I fully support the idea of a national holiday for the Queen Mothers' 100th birthday.
For one day we can share how she has passed her entire life: Not working.
Happy Birthday Queen Mum you and all your family are much loved here in NZ.
Paul Onorato, United States
Happy 100th Birthday, Queen Mum.
And many more good years to come.
Matthew Shields, Canada
It's wonderful for all of us that she is a century.
Of course it was her Scottish upbringing that allowed her to present such a gracious face to the world on all occasions
I am Brit living in the USA and I think the Queen Mother is the world's favourite grandmother - happy birthday your majesty...
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