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Heartbreak for the Queen just a few days before her 70th wedding anniversary.

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It’s already been proclaimed that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip are planning not to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in a grand manner. One of the major reason behind this is, they’ve lost so many close friends in the past year.


Now there’s another face that will be missing this year.





Her Majesty’s cousin Davina, Countess of Stair, has died at the age of 87. Davina was the only daughter of the Queen Mother’s younger brother, Sir David Bowes-Lyon, and his wife Rachel Pauline. She was also the widow of the 13th Earl, who, unfortunately, died on February 26, 1996. She had three sons, the eldest is Jamie, the 14th Earl of Stair.

A death notice in the Telegraph read as follows:

“Davina, Countess of Stair. Beloved wife of the late John, Earl of Stair; mother of Jamie, David & Michael; sister of Simon and grandmother of nine. Peacefully at home after a short illness on 1st November 2017. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday 15th November 12 noon at Inch Church, Castle Kennedy, Stranraer, DG9 8RU. Family flowers only but donations, if desired, to Marie Curie or Malcolm Sargent via John McNeill Funeral Directors, Stranraer, DG9 7ER.”

Also read: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will keep their platinum anniversary a private affair.



Cousins are mostly the first friends that we have while growing up. It clearly seems it was no different for the Queen. A courtier told THE ROYAL UK that Davina and the Queen go a long way back, so the monarch will doubtless be very sad at her passing.

Already in the past 12 months, the Queen’s cousin and close confidante Margaret Rhodes has died. Adding to her woes, her life-long friend Lady Elizabeth Longman also passed away. Lady Elizabeth, Rhodes, who was the daughter of Lord Elphinstone, and the monarch had been friends since childhood and the two were among Queen Elizabeth’s eight bridesmaids.

Meanwhile, Prince Phillip has lost two close friends, his former private secretary Brian McGrath and the royal archivist Anne Griffiths, The Express reported.

Also read: Prince Philip & Queen Elizabeth – An untold love story.



We can clearly see why the Queen isn’t willing to celebrate her 70th wedding anniversary. Long Live the Queen.


Have you ever changed plans for a special event due to the loss of a loved one? What did you do? Comment below.


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