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Tuesday, 3 August, 1999, 16:59 GMT 17:59 UK
Queen Mother: Blooming at 99
Birthday Special
Here are a selection of rarely seen photographs from the remarkable life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

Father and daughter: Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at the age of 20 with her father, the Earl of Straithmore

Honeymooners: The young Queen Mother, then the Duchess of York, relaxes with her husband, the Duke of York in 1923

Coronation: The Duchess of York becomes Queen Elizabeth when her husband is crowned in 1937

Serene: Queen Elizabeth braves the rain at Windsor in 1946

Blitz: Buckingham Palace was bombed during World War II - but no one was injured

Stopping by for a chat: Queen Elizabeth visits London's East End in May 1945 after VE Day

Granny: The Queen Mother hugs her grandson Charles before she leave on a trip for Canada in 1954

Theatrical Royal: Actors Laurence Olivier, his wife Vivien Leigh, and Dame Sybil Thorndike meet the Queen Mother in 1954

Literary Royal: The Queen Mother with the renowned playwright Noel Coward

The two Elizabeths: Actors Glenda Jackson, who played the role Elizabeth I, and James Mason, meet the Queen Mother in 1972

Passion for racing: The Queen Mother with the Queen and Duchess of Kent waiting for the Derby to get underway at Epsom in 1960

Barmaid: The Queen Mother tries her hand at pulling a pint of bitter at an East End pub in 1987

Watch the corgi: One of the Queen Mother's beloved corgis is the focus of attention at a family gathering in 1980



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