During World War II, Queen Elizabeth made a number of highly visible attempts to keep up morale. She risked her life by remaining in London during the Battle of Britain and sharing in the city's fate, rather than evacuate as the Cabinet advised her to do. Largely because of such gestures, she remained an immensely popular figure for the rest of her life, even as public perception of the Royal Family in general suffered in the 1980s and '90s.
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in The War That Came EarlyEdit
Queen Elizabeth deeply disapproved of the Hess Agreement signed by Neville Chamberlain and especially of Chamberlain's authoritarian successor, Horace Wilson. Following her husband's lead, she made no effort to interfere in the political process that legitimated Wilson's government; however, when she learned that Wilson had been overthrown in a military coup led by Archibald Wavell, she was so relieved that she kissed Wavell on the cheek.
When the military established an unpopular provisional government, the Queen, like her husband, attempted to increase support for that government. In a public address (separate from George's), she insisted that the military government enjoyed the full confidence of the crown, and urged the British people to respect it. This call did increase the provisional government's dubious legitimacy. When Alistair Walsh heard of this, he reflected that it wasn't any wonder that Adolf Hitler called her the most dangerous woman in Europe.
| Regnal titles|
Mary of Teck
followed by a period of vacancy
|Queen consort of the United Kingdom|
| Succeeded by|
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh