Queen Elizabeth's Maid of Honor Died the Day earlier than State Funeral

Queen Elizabeth Lady Mary Russell Died

lady Mary Russell.

lady Mary Russell was definitely one of Queen Elizabeth II‘s maids of honor at her 1953 coronation, and she or he died on September 18 — simply in the end earlier than Her Majesty’s state funeral.

Russell was 88, based mostly on her obituary in London’s The instances. She “died peacefully at house collectively with her household spherical her” the Sunday earlier than the queen was laid to relaxation. She is survived by husband David Russell as properly as to youngsters Arabella, Anthony, Philip, Jason and Mariana. She was additionally “dearly beloved” by her 12 grandchildren.

the britain native was definitely one of Elizabeth’s six maids of honor on the June 1953 coronation, held the yr after she acceded the throne. She was the thirty ninth sovereign to be topped at Westminster Abbey, which might additionally be the place her state funeral was held on September 19.

In 2013, the maids of honor reunited to recreate their photograph from the historic day to have a good time the sixtieth anniversary. Russell mentioned the ceremony was “overwhelming and transferring – particularly in the course of the anointing.”

She emphasised how prestigious it was to be in that group of youthful ladies, who have been all between the ages of 18 and 23. “Of all of the ladies our age inside the nation we six ladies have been chosen to maintain the Queen’s practice and that meant an unbelievable deal,” she mentioned on the time by way of hiya! journal.

The robe of property is of purple silk-velvet with gold embroidery and is greater than 21 ft prolonged. whereas Russell and lady Moyra Campbell have each died (Campbell handed in 2020), there are 4 surviving maids of honor: Dowager Baroness Glenconner, lady Jane Lacey, Baroness Willoughby de Eresby and lady Rosemary Muir.

Russell’s loss of life bought here 10 days after the queen died at age ninety six on September eight at Balmoral property in Scotland. After her passing, her coffin was dropped at Edinburgh earlier than transferring to London. Her casket — topped with the orb, scepter and imperial state crown — was mendacity in state at Westminster hall for the general public to pay their respects from September 14 and till simply earlier than her funeral on September 19.

The funeral started with a procession from Westminster hall to Westminster Abbey led by King Charles III, who acceded the throne after his mom died, and his siblings — Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — as properly as to a few of the queen’s grandchildren, Prince William, Prince Harry and Peter Phillips.

After her state funeral, the queen was dropped at Windsor for a committal service. There was a private ceremony for her burial on the King George VI Memorial Chapel alongside her late husband, Prince Philip, who died at age ninety nine in April 2021.