Blackwell North Amer Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother is as old as the century. She was born nearly 100 years ago during the reign of Victoria, when the British Empire covered a quarter of the earth. She has seen two world wars and the most rapid progress in mankind's history completely alter her world and the Royal Family's place in it. Yet she retains the old-fashioned charm, elegance, and dignity that epitomised the Edwardian lady. And more significantly, she has successfully continued to live the Edwardian lifestyle in four separate homes, surrounded by dozens of loyal staff who tend to her every need. Born a commoner, she has made herself the most royal of all the Royal Family. To many she is the Royal Family. That is her achievement. As one of her circle, who has known her for forty years says, 'When the sun's out, she never thinks the sun will go in'.