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The Queen Mother (1900–2002)

© the artist. Photo credit: The Black Watch Castle & Museum

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In 1937 Her Majesty The Queen became Colonel-in-Chief of The Black Watch. Her husband, George VI, came to the throne in 1937 following the death of his father, George V, in 1936 and the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII, less than a year later. On the death of the King she became Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

The Queen Mother was the Regiment's longest serving Colonel-in-Chief, remaining in the role until her death in 2002. She developed a special relationship with the Regiment, due to her familial links with it (her bother and cousin were both killed serving with the Regiment in the First World War) and her many years of service.

The Black Watch Castle & Museum





oil on panel


H 83.5 x W 71 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from 1st Battalion The Black Watch, 1986; on loan to The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

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Inscription description

S. L. Crawford 1971/2


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The Black Watch Castle & Museum

Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth, Perth and Kinross PH1 5HR Scotland

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