Queen Elizabeth II's maid of honour Lady Mary Russell died night before the monarch's state funeral

Lady Mary Russell was 19-year-old when she was selected to be one of Queen Elizabeth II's train bearers at her coronation


One of Queen Elizabeth II's maids of honour who carried her coronation train died the night before the monarch's state funeral.

Lady Mary Russell, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Haddington, was 19-years-old when she was selected by Her Majesty to be one of her train bearers who carried her six-yard Robe of State.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried at her state funeral.
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried at her state funeral.

She was one of the six maids of honour present at the Queen's coronation in June, 1953.

Her death, at the age of 88, was announced in the obituary pages of The Times.

It read: "Lady Mary died peacefully at home with her family around her on Sunday 18 September.

"Beloved wife of David, much-loved mother of Arabella, Anthony, Philip, Jason and Marina, and dearly loved by her 12 grandchildren."

Lady Mary Russell has previously spoken about her experience of being at the coronation, describing it as "overwhelming".

She said: "It was overwhelming and moving – especially during the anointing.

“It was an incredible moment, but all I could think about was how heavy the embroidery felt.

"Of all the girls our age in the country, we six girls were chosen to carry the Queen's train and that meant a great deal."

She died the night before Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral, which was watched by 28 million across the globe.

Lady Russell is the second of the six maids of honour to pass away.

Lady Moyra Campbell was the first after she died in November 2020 in Belfast.