David Bowes-Lyon

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Sir David Bowes-Lyon KCVO (2 May 1902[1] – 13 September 1961) was the sixth son of Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and Cecilia Nina Cavendish-Bentinck as well as their tenth and youngest child. His elder sister Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married Prince Albert, Duke of York, the second son of King George V, in 1923 and became Queen Consort of the United Kingdom after the abdication of her husband's elder brother Edward VIII on 11 December 1936.[2]

On 6 February 1929, he married Rachel Pauline Clay, younger daughter of Herbert Henry Spender-Clay, and they had two children:

During World War II, Bowes-Lyon was a member of the secret propaganda department Political Warfare Executive, he was High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1950 and Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire from 1 July 1952[3] until his death. Also, he became President of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1953;[4][5] in 1960, he commanded the third World Orchid Conference.[6] He was also a baptismal sponsor to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.

He died at his sister's home, Birkhall, on the Balmoral estate, of a heart attack after suffering from hemiplegia, the Queen Mother discovered him dead in bed.[7] The funeral was held at Ballater, and he was buried at St Paul's Walden Bury.



  1. ^ Thornton, Michael (September 1985). Royal feud: the Queen Mother and the Duchess of Windsor. M. Joseph. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Gardeners Chronicle & New Horticulturist. Haymarket Publishing. 1954. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "No. 239587". The London Gazette. 1 July 1952. p. 3587. 
  4. ^ Fletcher, Harold Roy (1969). The story of the Royal Horticultural Society, 1804-1968. Oxford U. P. for the Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  5. ^ The Lily Year Book. Royal Horticultural Society. 1959. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Proceedings of the Third World Orchid Conference. Royal Horticultural Society. 1960. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Vickers, Hugo (2006). Elizabeth: The Queen Mother. Arrow Books/Random House. p. 394. ISBN 978-0-09-947662-7. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Walter Hugh Crosland
High Sheriff of Hertfordshire
Succeeded by
Sir William Acland, Bt
Preceded by
The Viscount Hampden
Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire
Succeeded by
Sir George Burns