Queen's lady-in-waiting dies aged 90: Monarch loses another loyal aide as Lady Farnham dies 1

Queen’s lady-in-waiting dies aged 90: Monarch loses another loyal aide as Lady Farnham dies

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Queen’s lady-in-waiting dies aged 90: Monarch loses another loyal aide as Lady Farnham dies weeks after death of devoted friend and former Mistress of the Robes, the Duchess of Grafton

  • Lady Farnham died four days after Christmas at the age of 90
  • She was a close friend of the Queen and was Lady of Bedchamber since 1987
  • It follows death of husband Prince Philip and Duchess of Grafton last month
  • She sat with Queen at Diamond Jubilee celebration when husband was unwell 


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The Queen has lost a second loyal aide as Lady Farnham dies weeks after the death of devoted friend and former Mistress of the Robes, the Duchess of Grafton. 

Lady Farnham, who had been the Queen’s Lady of Bedchamber since 1987 and rode with the Queen on the way to her Diamond Jubilee service in 2012, died four days after Christmas aged 90. 

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It follows the death of the Queen’s Mistress of the Robes Ann Fortune FitzRoy, the Duchess of Grafton, aged 101 last month and is another blow after the passing of husband Prince Philip in April. 

Lady Farnham was married to Barry Maxwell, the 12th Baron Farnham – an Irish peer and Nova Scotia baronet who died in 2001.

A royal source told The Telegraph: ‘It is very sad for the Queen. Everyone loved Lady Farnham, she was always so good humoured. She was also a very glamorous and attractive woman.

‘She was always very generous to new people joining the household. 

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Queen Elizabeth's longstanding Lady-in-Waiting Lady Farnham (pictured right) has died aged 90

Queen Elizabeth’s longstanding Lady-in-Waiting Lady Farnham (pictured right) has died aged 90

Queen Elizabeth sat at the State Opening of the Houses of Parliament with husband Prince Philip and her ladies-in-waiting

Queen Elizabeth sat at the State Opening of the Houses of Parliament with husband Prince Philip and her ladies-in-waiting

‘It has not been a good year for the Queen – losing her husband and then the Duchess of Grafton and now Lady Farnham.

‘They were dear friends who supported the Queen on official duties. Unfortunately a sad consequence of living a long life is that you have to say goodbye to a lot of people you care about.’

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She was a close friend and supported the Queen for decades, most notably sitting alongside the monarch during Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 when Prince Philip was unable to attend. 

More to follow.

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