Before the tour a grieving mother approached Queen Mary and asked the King to lay flowers at her son’s grave. This example would be followed a year later by Elizabeth, the future Queen Consort and Queen Mother. Recalling her own missing brother Fergus Bowes-Lyon, on her wedding day Elizabeth laid her bouquet at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey. This tradition continues to today: it was performed after the marriages of both the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.
The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, Westminster Abbey. © CWGC.