Fresh heartache for the Queen as she mourns the death of a close family friend

The Queen
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Heartache for the Queen as she mourns the death of a close family friend

The Queen is mourning the death of a close family friend who has died at the age of 91.

Her Majesty is residing at Balmoral, where she is spending her summer break, having recently been visited by Boris Johnson (opens in new tab).

But it's reported that she has received some sad news as according to the Daily Mail's Richard Eden, Sir Timothy Colman, a British businessman and a Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, has passed away.

It's understood that Sir Timothy was a frequent guest at Sandringham with his late wife, Lady Mary Colman (née Bowes-Lyon), who was a first cousin of the Queen.

Sir Timothy Colman

Lady Mary Colman died (opens in new tab) back in January this year.

The Queen has suffered an unfortunate amount of loss in both 2020 and the start of this year, with the death of Lady Mary, the passing of her beloved pet dog Vulcan and her five of her pet ponies as well as the death of her other Dorgi and her husband Prince Philip, who died aged 99 (opens in new tab).

Sir Colman is a member of the Colman mustard family, and he married Lady Mary back in 1951 in London, and together they had five children.

The couple resided at their family home, Bixley Manor, in Norfolk.

Lady Mary Colman and the Queen

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Sir Colman joined the Royal Navy and later served as a second lieutenant on HMS Frobisher and Indefatigable, before commencing a business career.

He was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Garter in 1996.

The Queen is expected to remain in Scotland until the 2nd of October when she will be joined by Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla for the Opening Ceremony to mark the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament on 2 October.

And that's just the start of a busy schedule, as the Queen will be joined by her youngest son, the Earl of Wessex, to launch The Queen's Baton Relay for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games from the forecourt of Buckingham Palace on 7th of October.

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On the 12th of October, she will be joined by her daughter, Princess Royal, at a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion.

Her Majesty will also host a reception at Windsor Castle to mark the Global Investment Summit on the 19th of October.

And in November, she will return to Scotland to attend a reception for the COP-26 Summit.

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.