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jpg On August 4, the Honourable Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon made her entrance into the world as the daughter of Claude Bowes-Lyon, the eldest son of the 13th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and his wife Cecilia. Born into a large and loving family, she was the ninth of 11 children.

When Elizabeth arrived, after a seven-year gap, to be followed just under two years later by her "darling bruvver" David, the family was complete. Her mother the Countess, then 40, called this pair her "two Benjamins" after the much-loved youngest child of Jacob in the Bible. Together they were always on the lookout for mischief, ambushing any passer-by who stumbled on their game of cowboys and Indians, and pouring "boiling oil" - actually cold water - from the tower of Glamis Castle onto unsuspecting visitors below.
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