Thursday, January 27, 2022

Duchess of Cornwall wants to live in a world ‘free from fear’

The Duchess of Cornwall dreams of living in a society in which women are "free from fear". The 74-year-old...

Latest Posts

The Beatles: Get Back to land on streaming platforms

The Beatles' iconic rooftop show is being made available on streaming platforms. The legendary gig was staged on top...

Kanye West announces release date for Donda 2

Kanye West plans to release 'Donda 2' on February 22. The 44-year-old rap star has taken to social media...

Prince Charles praises ‘resilience’ of Holocaust survivors

Prince Charles has praised the "extraordinary resilience and courage" of Britain's Holocaust survivors. The Prince of Wales commissioned portraits...

Justin Bieber and Olivia Rodrigo lead 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations

Justin Bieber and Olivia Rodrigo lead the nominations for the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The 27-year-old pop idol has...

Queen Elizabeth is in mourning after Duchess of Grafton dies aged 101

Queen Elizabeth is in mourning following the death of one of her most trusted aides.

Ann Fortune FitzRoy, the Duchess of Grafton, served as the monarch’s Mistress of Robes – a role which put her in charge of all matters relating to the queen’s jewellery and clothes, as well as arranging the rota of attendance for ladies-in-waiting, and other duties at state ceremonies – from 1967 until her death on Friday (03.12.21) at the age of 101.

The duchess began working for the royal household in 1953 as a Lady of the Bedchamber before being appointed as Mistress of the Robes in 1966.

She was described by Histoires Royales as “the most loyal friend and aide” and travelled with the Queen on numerous royal tours, including Nigeria in 1956, France in 1972, Morocco in 1980 and Russia in 1994.

The duchess – who was born in 1920 to Captain Evan Cadogan Eric Smith MC and his wife Beatrice Helen Williams – initially trained as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital before marrying the then-Earl of Euston Hugh Fitzroy, who later became the 11th Duke of Grafton and died himself in 2011.

He went on to be succeeded by his grandson Henry Fitzroy, 43, who has served as the Duke of Grafton ever since.

The queen acknowledged the quchess’s services by making her a Lady Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 1980 – an honour normally reserved strictly for members of the royal family.

The tragic news of her passing comes just months after the queen lost her husband Prince Philip, who died in April at the age of 99 following a marriage of 73 years.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s passing left a “huge void” in the queen’s life.

Their son, Prince Andrew, previously said: “The queen as you would expect is an incredibly stoic person. She described his passing as a miracle and she’s contemplating, I think is the way that I would put it. She described it as having left a huge void in her life but we, the family, the ones that are close, are rallying round to make sure that we’re there to support her.”

Latest Posts

The Beatles: Get Back to land on streaming platforms

The Beatles' iconic rooftop show is being made available on streaming platforms. The legendary gig was staged on top...

Kanye West announces release date for Donda 2

Kanye West plans to release 'Donda 2' on February 22. The 44-year-old rap star has taken to social media...

Prince Charles praises ‘resilience’ of Holocaust survivors

Prince Charles has praised the "extraordinary resilience and courage" of Britain's Holocaust survivors. The Prince of Wales commissioned portraits...

Justin Bieber and Olivia Rodrigo lead 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations

Justin Bieber and Olivia Rodrigo lead the nominations for the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The 27-year-old pop idol has...

Don't Miss

Mick Jagger got real ‘Satisfaction’ out of playing secret bar sets

Sir Mick Jagger got a thrill out of playing tiny club gigs in between stadium shows, according to Joe Satriani.

Eric Clapton believes ‘mass formation hypnosis’ made people get COVID vaccine

Eric Clapton believes the theory that people who opted to get vaccinated against COVID-19 fell for "mass formation hypnosis".

Liam Gallagher hints at performing Oasis’ I Can See A Liar at solo gigs

Liam Gallagher is considering performing Oasis' 'I Can See A Liar' at his solo shows. The Britpop legends' former...

‘How crazy is that?’ Neve Campbell on being name-dropped by The Weeknd

Neve Campbell found it "pretty crazy" that "the guy from the Super Bowl", The Weeknd, mentioned her on his latest album.

Paul O’Grady appeared for free on Miles Kane’s album

Miles Kane has praised Paul O'Grady for appearing on his new album for free. The 'Come Closer' hitmaker had...

Stay in touch

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.