Queen’s Lady-in-waiting Lady Farnham Dies Aged 90 Weeks After Death of Devoted Friend and Former Mistress of the Robes, the Duchess of Grafton

The Queen’s longstanding Lady-in-Waiting Diana, Lady Farnham pictured accompanying the monarch during the State opening of Parliament in the House of Lords

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

Diana Maxwell, 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.

She also joined the Queen on royal tours during her 44 years of service, including the highly successful tour of the Republic of Ireland in 2011 due to her Irish connections.

It follows the death of 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 – a top City banker and Irish peer 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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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Jamie Phillips