LONDON – At the age of 96 it is a fatal destiny to find oneself alone. This also applies to Queen Elizabeth II, whose indomitable temper is now accompanied by a note of sadness – in the prose of the British popular press – after a year in which she lost not only her prince consort Philip, who died almost a centenary last spring after 73 years of stainless marriage, but also some of her closest friends and companions.
The last was Lady Farnham, born Diana Maxwell, who died in her nineties on December 29: an authentic pillar in the life of the sovereign, of which she was the shadow for half a century in the official capacity of Lady of Bedchamber. The news was made public only after the New Year. And Buckingham Palace sources did not fail to point out to the media his crucial role alongside Her Majesty in events such as the Diamond Jubilee of 60 years on the throne celebrated in 2012. “It is very sad for the Queen – admitted one of these. sources – give the last farewell to a friend who has always been a source of good humor (at court), as well as being an attractive and very charming woman “.
His death shortly follows that of the devoted Duchess of Grafton, Fortune Fitzroy, also a lifelong friend of Elizabeth, who died in early December at the beautiful age of 101 after having held the traditional post of Mistress of the Robes: lady-in-waiting of high lineage responsible, within the English Royal House, for the custody of the queen’s clothes and jewels.
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