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As a general rule, if there is a king and no queen consort, the queen dowager is the first lady of the kingdom. This was true of Queen Mary in the reign of Edward VIII
What if there are two or more dowager queens, as in the UK (1952-53)? Which one outranked the other, granted that the new queen regnant was #1? I'm wondering about the "second lady" in the land ...
This case was not unique: I believe there have been others in European royal history with two or more dowagers living. Luxembourg (1912-1916) had three grand duchesses -- one regnant and two dowagers.
I'm not sure if there has ever been a case where there were two dowager queens but no queen consort (that would have been unusual).