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Queen’s maid of honour Lady Mary Russell died the night before Her Majesty’s state funeral aged 88


The Queen’s maid of honour died aged 88 the night before Her Majesty’s state funeral last week.

Lady Mary Russell, who was one of six women to carry the late monarch’s train during the Westminster Abbey ceremony, passed away ‘peacefully at home’ surrounded by her family on September 18.

An obituary in The Times described her as mother-of-five, grandmother-of-12 and ‘beloved wife of David’.

The daughter of the Earl and Countess of Haddington, Lady Mary helped to carry the Queen’s 21ft train as she walked through Westminster Abbey to for her Coronation 70 years ago.

She and the five other maids of honour wore silver gowns with tiaras and long silk gloves, The Mirror reports.

Lady Mary Russell pictured at her home in Combe near Hungerford in 2011. She died a day before the Queen's state funeral on Monday

Lady Mary Russell pictured at her home in Combe near Hungerford in 2011. She died a day before the Queen’s state funeral on Monday

Lady Mary Russell (pictured) was one of six women to carry the late monarch's train during her 1953 Coronation

Lady Mary Russell (pictured) was one of six women to carry the late monarch’s train during her 1953 Coronation

The late Queen with her maids of honour in the Green Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace on June 2, 1952 2nd June 1953. Lady Moyra Hamilton (now Lady Moyra Campbell), Lady Anne Coke (now The Rt Hon The Lady Glenconner), Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill (now Lady Rosemary Muir), Lady Mary Baillie-Hamilton (now Lady Mary Russell), Lady Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (now The Rt Hon The Baroness Willoughby de Eresby), Lady Jane Vane-Tempest-Stewart (now The Rt Hon The Lady Rayne

The late Queen with her maids of honour in the…



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