queen dowager

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queen dowager

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the widow of a king

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 - the wife or widow of a king
queen mother - a queen dowager who is mother of the reigning sovereign
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He died before his father and the widowed Augusta assumed the role of Princess Dowager during the reign of her eldest son, who succeeded his grandfather as George III in 1760.
Catherine was to renounce the title of Queen and would be known as the Princess Dowager of Wales, something she refused to acknowledge to the end of her life.
One of the most bizarre events described was reaction to rumours the Princess Dowager, alleged companion of the Earl of Bute, was exercising too much influence over him.