Queen's heartbreak after death of close friend aged 97

Lady Myra Butter was widely considered a close friend of Her Majesty and Prince Philip

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The Queen has suffered heartbreak after her childhood friend died aged 97.

Lady Myra Butter, passed away “peacefully” last Friday in London, according to her death notice.

Ms Butter was widely considered a close friend of Her Majesty and Prince Philip, who passed away in April 2021.

The Queen
The Queen

When the Queen married Philip in 1947, Lady Butter was among the guests in attendance.

Last year, Ms Butter explained how she first got to know the Queen.

She said: “(Buckingham Palace) got hold of some girls to be part of the thing to make it more fun.

“In the Guides and the Brownies it was a real mixture, which was really nice.

“Some friends, friends of (the family), and all the people in the Royal mews, their children, they were Brownies and Guides. Just a normal sort of pack really,” she told the Telegraph.

Lady Butter was a descendent of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia and Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

In 1986, she founded the Pushkin award, which traditionally celebrates children’s literacy works.