The Queen Mum and her handbag. Read this delightful firsthand piece written by a woman who had the privilege of learning the necessary contents of the purses carried by the Queen Mother and Margaret Thatcher.
The Queen Mother died 10 years ago - on March 30 2002 - aged We take a look back at her life in pictures, courtesy of Corbis Images. Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon (born 4 August is seen here in around 1910
"You don’t see the Queen crying very often. This was the first Remembrance Day service after her mother died – the Queen mother used to lay the wreath every year. The Queen stood in for her and was visibly upset.