Queen Elizabeth II Suffers Another Hardship as One of her Closest Courtiers, Duchess of Grafton, the Monarch’s loyal Mistress of the Robes, Dies at Age 101

Queen Elizabeth II, followed by her Lady-in-Waiting, the Duchess of Grafton, arrive at the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament

The Queen‘s Mistress of the Robes and one of her closest and most loyal friends has died aged 101.

Ann Fortune FitzRoy, the Duchess of Grafton, passed away on Friday (December 3) after serving the Royal Household throughout the Queen’s entire 69-year reign.

The Duchess was appointed the prestigious Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 1980, an award made personally by the Queen for services to the sovereign, and their close relationship was underlined when she made the monarch the godmother to her second daughter in 1954.

It follows the death of husband Prince Phillip aged 99 in April, with the Queen having to sit alone in Windsor Castle as she mourned the death of her ‘strength and guide’ across 73 years or marriage.

A close friend, the Duchess was also only one of two Mistress of the Robes during the Queen’s reign – formerly a role wielding responsibility for the monarch’s clothes and jewellery.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, James Phillips