Stephen du Toit, a South African living in London recounts his father's tale of having seen the Queen Mother during a royal visit.
I think that with the Queen Motherís passing we have lost the last link to the Second World War. My father, who is South African, remembers her from the Royal Tour she made in 1947.
Yes, she had a life of great
privilege, but she understood completely
where her duties to the nation lay, and that
is why she will always be remembered with such
affection. May she rest in peace and rise in
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He was around 19-years-old then, and studying at university. He saw her from the crowd several times, and also attended Queen Elizabethís 21st birthday ball as his father was an MP.
He told me that every time the Queen Mother appeared with the King, all eyes went to her. She had a striking beauty, which was helped by the fact that she wore colourful clothes, while the King had to dress in more sombre suits.
Much of Prince Charlesís speech about his grandmother reflected how I felt about my own grandmother, who died a few years ago at the age of 89.
She bore a striking physical resemblance to the Queen Mother. So much so that as a young woman she was nick-named the Duchess of York!
The Queen Mother's became the Duchess of York on marrying. The second son of the reigning monarch is commonly named the Duke of York, such as Prince Andrew today.