Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon was technically a commoner, and her marriage to the younger brother of the Prince of Wales was considered something unusual for that reason.
Albert, Duke of York, later George VI, on his wedding day with his bride, Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, April 26, 1923.
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Elizabeth helped her husband to overcome his stammer (as portrayed in the film The King's Speech, 2010). Their two children, Elizabeth and Margaret, were born in 1926 and 1930.