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Saturday, 30 March, 2002, 17:54 GMT
In pictures: The early years
Here is 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

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

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