The Queen Mother lived most of her adult life in the spotlight yet one very basic detail of her story is shrouded in mystery: no one is really sure exactly where Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was born. And no one did more to get people guessing than the ‘Queen Mum’ herself. When Queen Elizabeth was asked, she replied “London”, the same answer she had given when obtaining a passport in the 1920s.
There was one slight problem: Elizabeth’s birth certificate said Hertfordshire.
The Queen Mother “had been born in London”, confirms Hugo Vickers in his official biography on Her Majesty.
Mr Vickers claims in his 2005 book “Elizabeth: The Queen Mother” that Elizabeth had not been born at St Paul’s.
In another 1966 biography by Dorothy Laird, the author “refrained from mentioning any place of birth, though she gave 4 August as the date”.
The exact birthplace of the Queen Mother has not been established and even Elizabeth herself claimed not to know.
“I might have been born in the back of a taxi,” Mr Vickers claims she told her lady-in-waiting.
While her page, a William Tallon stated in the biography that that he knows “she was born in the back of a horse-drawn ambulance”.
He added: “That’s why she was always on the move”.
And in 1937, Elizabeth herself unveiled a plaque in the local church which commemorated her arrival in the area.
Yet, in her later years she seemed to confirm more than once that she believed she had begun life in London.
The one person who would be really certain, her mother, passed away in 1938.
And so the mystery of the Queen Mother’s birthplace can keep us all talking.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK