Originally Posted by Roderick
I don't think anyone has suggested that the Queen Mother wasn't desperately upset about her husband's death - she simply did not want to fade into the background or change her lifestyle, her residences etc as previous widows of monarchs had done and she did in fact act fairly quickly to make sure these things didn't happen. Elizabeth II had to be OK with that because, as has been noted previously, she was always at pains "never to do anything that might upset Mummy".
As her father's death catapulted the Queen onto the throne a lot sooner than was expected, I think that HM did derive comfort from having her mother close by to lean on in the beginning. Mother and daughter had the unique bond of both being queens and, in a sense, Elizabeth had the Queen Mother to talk to about things in confidence about anything that she was unsure about. The two of them remained so very close in that fashion until the day the Queen Mother died. A day didn't go by where they didn't talk with each other.
It wasn't so much "in with the new and out with the old" but a transition period for both women that served them well. The Queen Mother had the experience to pass on and also was made to feel "wanted " and "useful" and "needed" after losing her beloved husband.