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How Did the Queen Mother Rack Up $8 Million in Debt?

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How Did the Queen Mother Rack Up $8 Million in Debt?

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In total, the Queen Mother was a widow for 50 years of her life. During that time, she became known for two things: extravagance and an unpaid tab that ran into the millions.

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After King George VI died in 1952, the keys to Windsor Castle were handed to Queen Elizabeth II, who made it a home for her growing family. But life inside the walls of the castle was often a challenge for her, alongside a husband struggling in the role of second fiddle and a mother reluctant to give up the extravagant lifestyle that left her deeply in debt. Follow life in Windsor Castle from the formal 1950s through the Swinging '60s and into the '70s, and see how Queen Elizabeth II juggled the great demands of family and job.

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