Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother followed Queen Mary's precedent and attended her daughter's coronation - historically Dowager Queens had stayed away. Her appearance was mesmerising. "In she came, glittering from top to toe, diamonds everywhere, a two-foot hem of solid gold on her open dress - the Queen Mother playing second lead as beautifully as she had played the first." recorded one newspaper.

As the Queen Mother left the Abbey with Princess Margaret, it was noted that they received as many cheers as the new Queen. For the widow who had written only a few months before that she was "engulfed by great black clouds of unhappiness and misery", the day was an important landmark on her road to recovery.
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