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    One of the British Royal Family, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, celebrates her eightieth on Monday (4 August).

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    CU DISSOLVE TO GV AND SV Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother seated in landau with Prince Charles, leaving Buckingham Place, London (2 shots)

    1923 SVs AND TV Wedding coach, crowds outside Palace, Duke and Duchess of York on balcony with King George and Queen Mary

    1937 SV King George VI crowned

    SVs AND CU Queen Mary and Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret look on from gallery as Queen Elizabeth is crowned (3 shots)

    1940 TV, SV AND CU Bomb damage at Buckingham Palace, workman giving piece of wreckage to King and King showing it to Queen

    1945 TV AND CU Crowd outside Palace and Queen, Churchill and King together (2 shots)

    1950 CUs AND SVs Queen with Prince Charles, and photographers taking pictures of family group including Queen Mary, Princess Elizabeth with baby Princess Anne (3 shots)

    1952 SVs Soldiers carrying coffin of King George VI as veiled Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret walk behind (3 shots)

    Kampala 1959 SVs AND GV Signboard "Makerere College", Queen Mother in academic robes in procession and audience watching as Queen Mother hands degree certificate (4 shots)

    1977 Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and children leave Windsor Church after service, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Princess Margaret and Prince Edward greet vicar in church yard

    SVs Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Andrew and Edward enter Church for funeral of Earl Mountbatten

    GV Casket carried out of Church with Queen Mother and other royals behind (2 shots)

    SV St. Paul's Cathedral, DISSOLVE TO SCU Queen Mother arrives for thanksgiving service

    TV St. Paul's Archbishop Runcie in Pulpit, DISSOLVE TO Queen Mother (3 shots)

    RUNCIE: "Royalty puts a human face on the operations of government and provides images with which people of a nation can identify and love."

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    Background: One of the British Royal Family, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, celebrates her eightieth on Monday (4 August). The British people have grown to love the woman they sometimes affectionately refer to as the "Queen Mum" after almost sixty years of witnessing her easy way with people of all walks of life and the graceful way she carries out her royal duties.

    SYNOPSIS: The Queen Mother, even at eighty, remains accessible to the British people. Her birthday celebrations began with an open-carriage procession through the streets of London, to attend a special thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral.

    In 1923, Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, the daughter of a Scottish Earl, married into the British Royal Family. Her husband, the Duke of York, was the second son of King George the Fifth and Queen Mary.

    He came to the throne in 1936 after the abdication of his elder brother. By then, the Royal Couple had two small daughters, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. The new Queen was a great source of strength to King George the Sixth and their obviously happy family life did much to restore the stability of the monarchy.

    During the war, Buckingham Palace was damaged several times by bombs. The King and Queen stayed in London except when public duties took them elsewhere. They shared the trials and anxieties of war with their people, and the people shared the celebration of victory to the full with them.

    The Queen with Prince Charles, her eldest grandchild. The five years after two the war saw the marriage of Princess Elizabeth to the Duke of Edinburgh, and the birth of their eldest child. Four generations were at the christening of Princess Anne.

    On February 6th, 1952, King George the Sixth died at the age of fifty-six. His daughter Elizabeth succeeded him as the reigning Queen, and his consort was now to be known as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. In a message to the Commonwealth after her husband's death she said: "My only wish now is that I may be allowed to continue the work we sought to do together."
    In the years that followed, the Queen Mother became a tremendous traveller. This visit to Makerere University College at Kampala, in Uganda, took place in 1959, during a tour of East Africa that also included Kenya. The year before, she had flown right round the world.

    The Jubilee year, full of celebration of twenty-five years of reign by Queen Elizabeth the Second, also marked a quarter of a century of widowhood for the Queen Mother. A special church service in Windsor saw her surrounded by her children and grandchildren who are her greatest joy.

    1979 was marred by the violent death of one of the Family's favourite members, Earl Mountbatten. But as always the Queen Mother appeared serene, as she led the mourners who included royalty from all over the world.

    The Queen Mother arrives to attend a thanksgiving service celebrating her life, and Archbishop Runcie says it all.

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