queen dowager

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queen dowager

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the widow of a king
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queen′ dow′ager


n.
the widow of a king.
[1615–25]
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Noun1.queen dowager - the widow of a kingqueen dowager - the widow of a king      
queen mother - a queen dowager who is mother of the reigning sovereign
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The first carriage which arrived after that of the queen was that of the Prince de Conde, with the princess and dowager princess. Both these ladies had been awakened in the middle of the night and did not know what it all was about.
"Assuming that in this scenario Charles died before becoming king, Camilla's legal title would become Her Royal Highness The Dowager Princess of Wales," Rowlands wrote.
However, if Prince William has already been named king and he suddenly passes, Middleton will be known as either the Dowager Duchess of Cambridge or the Dowager Princess of Wales.