Another of the Queen’s close allies has passed away in the short space of a month.
Ivor Herbert, a racing journalist and horse trainer – who was described as a long-time friend of Her Majesty’s – died aged 96 on Wednesday 5 January, it has been confirmed.
Ivor was a former Coldstream Guard, and was said to have been a regular visitor at the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland.
He trained the winning horse of the 1957 Cheltenham Gold Cup, and even contributed towards writing the film The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery.
The news of his death was confirmed inThe Times.
The announcement read: “Herbert Ivor died peacefully at home on the 5th of January, aged 96.
“Beloved father of Nick, Kate and Jane and grandfather to Joe. Private cremation. The details of a memorial service to follow."
Ivor’s passing comes just a month after Ann Fortune FitzRoy,the Duchess of Grafton, died age 101.
The late Duchess had been a constant presence in the Queen’s life, and served in the Royal household for the duration of the 95 year old monarch’s reign.
The pair were so close that Ann made the Queen godmother to her second daughter, Lady Virginia FitzRoy, in 1954.
The Duchess went on to be made Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order for her service to the Royal family.
2021 then ended on a sombre note for Her Majesty when her lady-in-waitingLady Farnham passed away on 29 Decemberat the age of 90.
Lady Farnham, who was born Diana Marion Gunnis and known as Marion, acted as the Queen’s lady-in-waiting for over three decades.
Discussing her death, a source toldThe 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.
“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.”
The Queen’s friends’ deaths come after her biggest heartbreak of all — the passing of her husband Prince Philip.
TheDuke of Edinburgh passed away in April 2021at Windsor Castle.
The Queen and Prince Philip were married for 73 years and she once described him as her "strength and stay."
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