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Royal Scandals: The Queen Mother?

Updated on September 9, 2014
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BritFlorida loves to track down historical stories, especially scandals and mysteries from the UK.


The Scandals of the Queen Mother. Really?

Much as I like to uncover royal scandals and write about them, I have to say that this one has me scratching my head.

It seems to be convincing in parts and yet it concerns probably the best-loved royal in recent history, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother or the Queen Mum as we more commonly refer to her.

I find it so hard to believe that there could possibly be any scandal relating to such a lovely lady but read on and let me know what you think.It has all the required elements of a pretty juicy scandal and of course, also involves the case of Edward and Mrs Simpson.

In fact, the author claims that the information was given to her by the Duke of Windsor himself. Don't skip the section about the author though - she has had a life which is just as scandalous as anything she 'reveals' in her book.But really - the Queen Mum? Yes, the author is serious.

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Marguerite Rodiere

The first story, if true, concerns the Queen Mum's birth itself so she can hardly be held responsible if indeed the story is true.

The author claims that this was a well-known fact in the upper echelons of society and it was the Duke of Windsor, who confirmed it to her personally.

It is fact that no-one has ever been sure exactly where the Queen Mum (Elizabeth Bowes Lyon) was born. The exact date has never been known either.

The author claims that Elizabeth was born to a 1900 version of a surrogate mother, the family's French cook, Marguerite Rodiere.It's claimed that her parents (Claude & Cecilia Bowes Lyon) desperately wanted more children but Cecilia was no longer able to bear children so Claude, with his wife's knowledge, came to an arrangement with the cook.

Points to consider

  • It is the case that this sort of surrogacy did take place amongst aristocratic families. For example, titles and land could only be passed to a male heir. If there was no son of the family, then the land and properties would be inherited by a distant relative, leaving the widow and daughters penniless and homeless. Discreet surrogacy was the answer.
  • However, when Elizabeth was born, her parents already had eight children, five of them male.
  • The author also suggests that Elizabeth's younger brother, David, was also borne by the cook. With eight offspring already, why would the couple use deception to have two further children?
  • It is a fact that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's nickname for Elizabeth was 'Cookie'. The author presents this as further evidence.
  • She further points out that one of Elizabeth's given names is Marguerite. Why the French name, asks the author? Surely this alludes to her real mother?
  • The book claims that during the run-up to the abdication crisis, it was Elizabeth who spread the rumour that Wallis' hold over Edward was her exotic sexual tricks that she had been taught in Chinese brothels. In retaliation, Edward investigated the widely known rumours about Elizabeth's birth and found them to be true.

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The revelations on this page come from this book.The author is adamant that it is carefully researched and that her suggestions are true.It's a complete hatchet job, really.

But it does appear to be true that the author certainly moved in the sort of circles that would give her access to fascinating information.


Artificial insemination

The author then takes her hatchet to Elizabeth's marriage.

Claiming that Elizabeth 'didn't like sex' she suggests that the princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret Rose, were the product of artificial insemination.

Although I admit that the author moved in the highest circles of society, I can't imagine how this story could be confirmed.

Had there been some primitive activity with a turkey baster, then surely only the couple in question, plus perhaps an extremely discreet doctor would have been aware of it?

And surely, any turkey baster-wielding doctor wouldn't blab for fear of being sent to the tower?The couple's first child, our present queen, was born almost exactly three years after their marriage. If indeed it's true that Elizabeth 'didn't like sex' then that was ample time for either her to learn to 'lay back and think of England' of for her husband, who wasn't a bad looking bloke in his day, to exert his seductive powers.

About the author

The author's story is almost as fascinating as anything she could write.

She was born to a high class family in Jamaica - she claims that her family is much older and much more superior to the British Royal Family.

She was however, brought up as a boy. She was born with a 'genital defect' (shades of Wallis Simpson) and it was only when she was in her late teens that she began to become girl, finally having a corrective operation when she was twenty one.

At this point, she started a career in modelling.She then met and married (very hurriedly) Lord Colin Campbell.Their divorce was almost as hurried as the marriage & lasted for just over a year. He, she asserts, then sold his story to the British newspapers saying that when they married, she had concealed from him the fact that she was 'born a man'.

I wish I could show you a photograph of her but I can't locate one that is copyright-free. Suffice it to say that in the most recent ones I have seen (dating from a couple of years ago) she looks like a rather butch version of Patsy in Ab Fab.


Final points to consider

  • No-one who can confirm or deny these stories is alive. The author was pretty safe in making these 'revelations because of that.
  • However, just before the publication of the famous book about Diana, the author had also written about her. Her book was ridiculed at the time, when she outlined Diana's affairs, her bulimia and other facts we now know to be true. Could the same be true about these revelations?

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The book is truly fascinating and well worth reading. But what do you think about the allegations above? And this is just a sample - the book has many more.

© 2014 Jackie Jackson

I'd love to know what you think

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Anything is possible! However, I have too much respect for the Queen Mother to believe much of what this author proposes. I do, however, like the ways in which you laid out this lens.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It is interesting, but strange once again. Enjoyed reading your lens, but not so sure about this author. Somehow it doesn't all fit with the Queen of your other lens. Who knows.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I like your lens and that you presented facts on both sides. But I also like that you showed the erroneous part of the reasoning on the part of the book's author. I can't and won't believe such scandalous stories about the Queen Mum, who loved her husband and her country so much she risked death to stay in England during the war. I have great respect for the lady, not so much for the author of the book. For that reason, I will never buy the book because I don't believe a word of it. It was done strictly to make money in my opinion.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      It's all possible with royals. There have been worse. Just for the record, I read somewhere that the reason the Queen Mums children were the products of artificial insemination was because the king was gay and incapable of doing the job himself. Who knows, and in the end, who really cares? It's just bit of curiosity. She turned out to be a remarkable individual, regardless.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @jolou: As you say, money must be the motive. It's definitely a fun read and the author states her case quite well but I don't believe a word of it!

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      jolou 3 years ago

      Well, you are right that there is no way to confirm or deny any of the rumors. I guess, though, the temptation to make a buck off the royal family must be immense. Even if true, what is the point of telling us know?