Chronology of Queen Mother's Life

Major events in the life of The Queen Mother Elizabeth:

Aug. 4, 1900 -- Lady Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes Lyon born in London, ninth child of the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.

1921-1923 -- Prince Albert, second son of King George V, courts Lady Elizabeth. She declines two of Albert's marriage proposals until finally accepting.

April 26, 1923 -- Wedding at Westminster Abbey. Prince Albert becomes the Duke of York.

April 21, 1926 -- Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary delivered by caesarean section, in the London house of her maternal grandparents. She is third in line to the throne.

Aug. 22, 1930 -- Princess Margaret Rose born at Glamis Castle, Elizabeth's family home in Scotland.

Jan. 28, 1936 -- King George V dies, the Prince of Wales becomes King Edward VIII.

Dec. 10, 1936 -- King Edward abdicates to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, a divorced American.

May 12, 1937 -- Albert, the Duke of York, crowned as King George VI at Westminster Abbey.

Sept. 3, 1939 -- Britain declares war on Germany two days after the Nazis invade Poland.

June 20, 1940 -- Queen rejects plan to evacuate the royal family to Canada.

Sept. 13, 1940 -- Bombs hit Buckingham Palace. King and queen escape injury.

May 8, 1945 -- V-E Day. Hundreds of thousands gather outside Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Allied victory, with the royal family on the balcony.

Nov. 20, 1947 -- Princess Elizabeth marries Prince Philip of Greece.

Feb. 6, 1952 -- King George VI dies. The queen becomes the queen mother, and their daughter -- traveling in Kenya with Prince Philip -- is Queen Elizabeth II.

May 8, 1995 -- Hundreds of thousands throng Buckingham Palace on the 50th anniversary of V-E Day and cheer the Queen Mother on the palace balcony.

November 1995 -- Underwent right hip replacement.

January 1998 -- Underwent left hip replacement

Aug. 4, 2000 -- Tens of thousands gather in London for Queen Mother's 100th birthday celebrations.

Feb. 9, 2002 -- Princess Margaret dies at age 71.

March 30, 2002 -- Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother dies at 3:15 p.m. at Royal Lodge, Windsor, her home at Windsor Castle, with her daughter the queen at her side.