Ryan talks about Queen Mother
President Judith Champlin welcomed members to the Aug. 12 meeting of the Warren Woman’s Club. She introduced Rebecca Ryan, a club member, who gave a short talk on Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Born in 1900, one of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore’s 10 children, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, grew up in Edwardian England.
While the family was not royal, they were not one of the people. The family was charming, eccentric and very, very grand. They had a home in London in St. James Square, Glamis Castle in Scotland, Hertfordshire, St Paul’s Walden Bury and in County Durham Streatlam Castle, set among the coalfields and iron deposits that were the source of the family income.
Family philosophy was, life is for living and working at and if anyone or anything bores you look for the fault in yourself. Being happy and spreading happiness are the principle goals of a young lady’s life.
In 1919 she made her debut in London in a very proper way. Her most persistent suitor was the shy and uncertain Prince Albert, Duke of York, the second son of King George V. When hearing of the love interest of his second son he said, “You will be a lucky fellow if she accepts you.” She turned him down twice before finally accepting him. Lady Strathmore, Elizabeth’s mother, said of Bertie, “He is the kind of man who will be made or marred by his wife.”
Married in 1923 to Prince Albert, the family welcomed Princess Elizabeth in 1926 and Princess Margaret Rose in 1930. She was at her best as wife and mother. The children had a wonderful, happy childhood full of friends, ponies and dogs. Her first priority was her family. She fortified her shy husband helping him to serve his country, making speeches, opening factories and sponsoring charities.
With the abdication of King Edward VIII, Elizabeth comforted and supported her husband as he took up the task as King. Elizabeth was an amazing new queen. She had the ability to talk to the people in such a way that everyone felt she liked and understood all with which she came into contact. Her love for her husband and family and her happy home life came at a time when people were losing faith in the monarchy. The King and Queen and their obviously happy and secure family life, restored the public?s faith in the monarchy.
Her finest hour came in World War II when she and her husband led their people through a new kind of war. She strictly observed the rules of rationing both food and bath water. She was photographed picking through the bombing rubble, meeting and giving encouragement to one and all. When someone questioned her as to why she always was so dressed up she said if they came to the palace to see me they would be dressed up. When a woman was trying to coax her frightened dog out of their bombed out house, the queen said, “Let me try. I am rather good with dogs.” After the palace was bombed, she told the butler, “I am almost glad we were bombed. Now I can look the women of the east end in the face.”
After the death of her husband, King George VI, in 1952 and her daughter’s coronation, her life became one of visiting the sick, sponsoring worthwhile charity events and her hobbies of horses and fishing.
She was in all ways the most wonderful example of fun, laughter, warmth, security and exquisite taste. Always a person with wonderful health she attributed this to a positive attitude, if you refuse to accept an ailment it will go away.
At 100 she was photographed dressed well and age appropriate, hair, jewelry and makeup done well and age appropriate and still wearing high heels
A beautiful Victorian Crazy Quilt was donated to the Woman’s Club, the former Water’s Mansion, by Woman’s Club member Elizabeth Jones. The term crazy quilting is often used to refer to the textile art of crazy patchwork and is sometimes used interchangeably with that term. Crazy quilting is a specific kind of patchwork lacking repeating motifs.
The quilt was created in the Water’s home during quilting bees in the late 1880-90s. Charlotte Abbot, the second wife of Myron Waters raised his three daughters. Because the Water’s daughters preceded Charlotte in death, the bulk of Charlotte’s estate was left to her nephew Lee. Lee married Ann Greer, Elizabeth Jones beloved aunt, in 1936. When Lee died, Ann Greer returned to this area to live near her family. She had in her possession the crazy quilt and two white marble statues. It was announced at the Aug. 12 luncheon that this lovely and historic quilt has returned to the home in which it was created and has been hung on the second floor of the Woman’s Club for all to enjoy.
The Warren Woman’s Club always welcomes new members. For more information, call 723-5910. The next meeting will be the annual president’s tea at 2 p.m. on Sept. 16.