Monday, January 02, 2006

Prince John and Katherine and Nerissa Bowes Lyon

The Queen Mother, wife to Britain's King George VI and mother of Queen Elizabeth II, had two nieces, Katherine and Nerissa Bowes Lyon.

In 1941, Katherine, aged 22, and Nerissa, aged 15, were locked away in a mental hospital.

Both girls were handicapped and said to have a mental age of six.

Nerissa is now dead, but Katherine is still alive and remains in a lowly state-run home in Surrey.

Nerissa was buried in a pauper's grave. Katherine was listed as dead in Burke's Peerage in 1961, although she is not dead.

In the early years of their life in the institution, non-royal members of the family made very occasional visits. Members of the royal family never visit.

The girls' father, John Herbert Bowes Lyon, was the second son of the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorn, and brother of the Queen Mother.

When Nerissa died in the mid-1980s she was buried at Redhill Cemetery and her grave was marked with a plastic tag bearing a serial number and her name. Burke's Peerage listed Nerissa as having died in 1940.

The Bowes Lyons are associated with the story of the Monster of Glamis, a deformed boy whose existence was allegedly covered up by an entry in Debrett's in 1841 claiming he died at birth. Legend has it that he lived a long life and was kept locked in a hidden room in the castle.

In 1905, George V and Queen Mary had a son, Prince John, who suffered from epilepsy and who appeared to be autistic.

John was excluded from official family photographs and was not allowed to attend his father's coronation in 1911. In 1917, he was removed to Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate. Reportedly, he saw little of his parents and died two years later.

Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor


1 comment:

Fungus FitzJuggler III said...

The Habsburgs died out through inbreeding. Victoria carried haemophilia, probably from her father, Con Roy, with King.

Monarchy has a vested interest, publicly cited and protected, in keeping their kingdom healthy. When they neglect their solemn duty, they should be removed and replaced. By infiltrating the Royal household, like the Praetorian Guard, evil forces can weaken a kingdom and damage the monarchy. Those who have close connection to the Monarch have a duty to protect. They have also failed?