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Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon was the wife of King George VI, the mother of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. She was queen of the United Kingdom and the Dominions from her husband's accession in 1936 until his death in 1952, after which she was known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, to avoid confusion with her daughter, she was the last empress of India. Born into a family of British nobility, she came to prominence in 1923 when she married the Duke of York, the second son of King George V and Queen Mary; the couple and their daughters embodied traditional ideas of public service. She undertook a variety of public engagements and became known for her cheerful countenance. In 1936, her husband unexpectedly became king when his older brother, Edward VIII, abdicated in order to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson. Elizabeth became queen, she accompanied her husband on diplomatic tours to France and North America before the start of the Second World War.

During the war, her indomitable spirit provided moral support to the British public. After the war, her husband's health deteriorated and she was widowed at the age of 51, her elder daughter, aged 25, became the new queen. After the death of Queen Mary in 1953, Elizabeth was viewed as the matriarch of the British royal family. In her years, she was a popular member of the family when other members were suffering from low levels of public approval, she continued an active public life until just a few months before her death at the age of 101 years, 238 days, seven weeks after the death of her younger daughter, Princess Margaret. Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon was the youngest daughter and the ninth of ten children of Claude Bowes-Lyon, Lord Glamis, his wife, Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck, her mother was descended from British Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Governor-General of India Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley, the elder brother of another Prime Minister, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.

The location of her birth remains uncertain, but reputedly she was born either in her parents' Westminster home at Belgrave Mansions, Grosvenor Gardens, or in a horse-drawn ambulance on the way to a hospital. Other possible locations include Forbes House in Ham, the home of her maternal grandmother, Louisa Scott, her birth was registered at Hitchin, near the Strathmores' English country house, St Paul's Walden Bury, given as her birthplace in the census the following year. She was christened there on 23 September 1900, in the local parish church, All Saints, her godparents included her paternal aunt Lady Maud Bowes-Lyon and cousin Venetia James, she spent much of her childhood at St Paul's Walden and at Glamis Castle, the Earl's ancestral home in Scotland. She was educated at home by a governess until the age of eight, was fond of field sports and dogs; when she started school in London, she astonished her teachers by precociously beginning an essay with two Greek words from Xenophon's Anabasis.

Her best subjects were scripture. After returning to private education under a German Jewish governess, Käthe Kübler, she passed the Oxford Local Examination with distinction at age thirteen. On her fourteenth birthday, Britain declared war on Germany. Four of her brothers served in the army, her elder brother, Fergus, an officer in the Black Watch Regiment, was killed in action at the Battle of Loos in 1915. Another brother, was reported missing in action on 28 April 1917. Three weeks the family discovered he had been captured after being wounded, he remained in a prisoner of war camp for the rest of the war. Glamis was turned into a convalescent home for wounded soldiers, she was instrumental in organising the rescue of the castle's contents during a serious fire on 16 September 1916. One of the soldiers she treated wrote in her autograph book that she was to be "Hung, drawn, & quartered... Hung in diamonds, drawn in a coach and four, quartered in the best house in the land." Prince Albert, Duke of York—"Bertie" to the family—was the second son of King George V.

He proposed to Elizabeth in 1921, but she turned him down, being "afraid never, never again to be free to think and act as I feel I ought to". When he declared he would marry no other, his mother, Queen Mary, visited Glamis to see for herself the girl who had stolen her son's heart, she became convinced that Elizabeth was "the one girl who could make Bertie happy", but refused to interfere. At the same time, Elizabeth was courted by James Stuart, Albert's equerry, until he left the Prince's service for a better-paid job in the American oil business. In February 1922, Elizabeth was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Albert's sister, Princess Mary, to Viscount Lascelles; the following month, Albert proposed again. In January 1923, Elizabeth agreed to marry Albert, despite her misgivings about royal life. Albert's freedom in choosing Elizabeth, not a member of a royal family, though the daughter of a peer, was considered a gesture in favour of political modernisation, they selected a platinum engagement ring featuring a Kashmir sapphire with two diamonds adorning its sides.

They married on 26 April 1923, at Westminster Abbey. Unexpectedly, Elizabeth laid her bouquet at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior on her way into the abbey, in memory of her brother Fergus. Elizabeth became styled Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York

Walkersville High School

Walkersville High School is a four-year public high school in Walkersville, Frederick County, United States. The school's colors are blue and gold and athletic teams are known as the "Lions." The school is located near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of Western Maryland in the town of Walkersville. The school is located just off Maryland Route 194, east of U. S. 15, north of Maryland Route 26. The current building's construction began in 1974 with an addition completed in 1999; the building has 191,104 square feet of space located on 49.97 acres of land. The original building was located. State Champions Walkersville High School has been located in several buildings over the years including the three shown below; the middle image is now Walkersville Middle School. List of high schools in Maryland Frederick County Public Schools Walkersville High School website Map of School from Google Maps

Whickham School

Whickham School is a secondary school in the north-east of England, near the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Whickham Comprehensive School, it first opened its doors in 1962 as a replacement for the small,'all-age' Victorian school in the village centre. A much larger school was required due to the large house building programme, taking place, it has 300 members of staff. It offers a range of vocational and traditional qualifications at Key Stage 4 and 5, including GCSE, BTEC and A-Level, it is a well established and well known school within the community, with good academic achievement, the largest sixth form in Gateshead. It holds frequent events for the local community, most notably the annual Community Carol Service. During the schools last Ofsted inspection the school was judged to'Good' with five areas of the school being judged "outstanding"; the OfSTED definition of ‘Good’ is, “These are positive features of a school. A school, good is serving its pupils well”. Five areas of the school were judged to be “Outstanding”.

These features are effective. An outstanding school provides exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs; the ‘Outstanding’ areas were: 1 - The quality of learning for pupils with special educational needs and /or disabilities and their progress 2 - The extent to which pupils feel safe 3 - Pupils’ attendance 4 - The effectiveness of care and support 5 - The effectiveness of partnerships in promoting wellbeing All these areas reflect the commitment of Whickham School to the well being of all its students. Pupils who are happy, well cared for and supported have the best possible opportunity to succeed. Partnerships are crucial to the success of any school and Whickham values all its partnerships highly. A minimum of two productions are staged every year. Recent Whickham School productions include the Wizard of the classic Grease. On 21 March 2008, there was a fire which destroyed the staff room, two music rooms, sixth form common room and study area. New and improved Sixth Form facilities opened ready for the academic year beginning in September 2009.

In June 1999, University Professor Claire Hale took legal action against the School when they refused permission to allow her daughter, Jo Hale, to wear trousers. Amongst others, the Equal Opportunities Commission decided to back pupil Jo Hale's case. On February 24, 2000, the school was forced to avoid a costly legal battle and resolved the dispute by announcing that, in future, girls would be able to wear trousers. Richard Brodie, footballer Beverley Fullen, former drummer in UK pop band Hepburn Mark Stoneman, cricketer for Surrey County Cricket Club and England Gareth Kyle, chef and TV presenter Jay Mckray, Big Brother Conor Newton, footballer School website