Here’s a photo of Katherine Bowes-Lyon showing her likeness to the queen herself. Until 2002 the Royals did not even provide their close relative with her own underwear leave alone visit her.
In the late 80’s I wrote an article for Class War – entitled ‘Is this the real queen’ about Katherine Bowes-Lyon saying their was some evidence that Katherine – born the same year as the queen – was in fact the real queen and had been swapped at birth when the royals -Queen mother and future King george – realised that their own child was – in their words – ‘mentally defective.’ The two cousins were borne ten weeks apart Yes yes – I Know – sounds bonkers. The story was ignored of course and I’m not one for conspiracy theories but the story is worth a look in the week of the documentary. It is included in ‘ Decade of Disorder’ the Class war compilation book published by Verso — if anyone can can download and stick online that would be great. It might yet be the scoop of the century – or not!You can still pick up copies of’ Decade of Disorder’ from Amazon.
The Bowes-Lyon family had form for this type of thing: Thomas Bowes-Lyon directly related to our future Queen Mother was borne with great physical disabilities and imprisoned in Glamis Castle for the rest of his life
News of his survival appears to have started in local villages as the result of an account by the midwife (whose name was not recorded). The child was alleged to have been in rude health when the midwife left, causing suspicion when his death was announced a day or two later. The child Thomas has no gravestone, a matter which tends to support the initial rumours. (Thomas had been baptised as a Christian on birth.)
He was said to have been nursed through infancy in secret and later confined in one of Glamis Castle’s many (and several are known) secret rooms. This part of the story of Thomas did not become current until the 1960s, when family accounts were first published.