Mary of Teck

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Mary of Teck (1867-05-261953-03-24), born Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes, was Queen consort of George V of the United Kingdom and grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. She was Queen Mother from 1936 to 1952.


  • Really! This might be Roumania!
    • Of the Abdication Crisis, 1936.
    • James Pope-Hennessy, Life of Queen Mary (1959), ch.7.ii


  • First try to be a lady!
    • In answer to six-year-old Princess (and future Queen) Elizabeth when the girl responded to a hospital patient calling her "young lady" by retorting, "I'm not a Lady, I'm a Princess!"
  • I am not dead yet!
    • Said on her deathbed to her physician, who turned his back on her to leave the room instead of backing out through the doorway. The physician, taking the hint, promptly turned and bowed and backed out of the room.
  • There's only one thing I never did and wish I had done: climbed over a fence.
  • You are a member of the British royal family. We are never tired, and we all love hospitals.

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