Queen Elizabeth’s Ladies-in-Waiting: Diana, Lady Farnham Dies

Another loss. Diana Maxwell, Lady Farnham, died on December 29 at the age of 90, ending her run of 34 years as Queen Elizabeth IIis the lady-in-waiting.

Farnham, born Diana Marion Gunnis and called Marion by loved ones, began her role as lady of the bedroom in 1987. In recognition of her service, the queen, now 95, made her Commander, Royal Victorian Order (CVO) after more than a decade of working for the monarch in 1998. She was appointed Dame Commander, Royal Victorian Order in 2010. Her Majesty paid the honor specifically for services to the royal family.

The late friend of the queen accompanied the sovereign to many events, also intervening to accompany her to the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 when Prince Philip was hospitalized for a bladder infection, for Times.

Farnham was premorted by her husband, Barry Maxwell, died in 2001. They leave their daughters, Harriet, 57, and Sophia, 54, as well as four grandchildren: Araminta, 28, Henry, 26, Elsa, 15 and Celia, 13.

The noblewoman is one of the many ladies-in-waiting, all chosen by Queen Elizabeth herself. Unfortunately, she was the second of the group to die in December.

Fortune FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton, died on December 3 at the age of 101. The dress lover, nee Ann Fortune Smith, began serving Queen Elizabeth in 1953 as the bedroom lady before being promoted in 1967.

She never gave interviews, although royal experts believe she was one of the Queen’s closest friends. The monarch visited her shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic forced England to lockdown and handed Fortune a birthday card for her 100th birthday in February 2020, in London. Times relationships.

The December deaths added to an already depressing year for the queen. In April, her husband, Prince Philip, died at the age of 99. The two have been married for 73 years.

“Christmas was a bit of a struggle for the queen without Prince Philip by her side,” a source said exclusively. Us Weekly after the vacation. “And not being able to spend it with his whole family [didn’t help]. “

Though COVID-19 prevented her from having her usual big party, the insider added, “She’s not one to wallow in self-pity and keep her chin up.”

Her Majesty relies on her ladies-in-waiting in difficult times. Even though the queen sat alone at the April funeral ceremony, Lady Susan Hussey, an elderly lady-in-waiting, accompanied the monarch on the drive from Windsor Castle to Philip’s funeral at St George’s Chapel. The 81-year-old noblewoman is fondly referred to as the “No. 1 Head Girl” as she has been alongside Elizabeth for more than 70 years.

Elizabeth has many other ladies-in-waiting, including Susan Richenda Elton, Mrs. Elton, Virginia Ogilvy, Countess of Airlie, and the Honorable Mary Anne Morrison.

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