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The Queen has been faced with fresh heartache as one of her closest friends Sir Timothy Colman has died age 91.
Sir Timothy, who was the husband of the Queen's first cousin Lady Mary Colman, was a close friend of Her Majesty and regularly visited her at Sandringham.
The monarch's friend passed away on Thursday 9 September surrounded by family at his home in Bixley Manor, near Norwich.
Sir Timothy was a Royal Navy officer, world record holder, naturalist, businessman and a Knight of the Garter.
He also had key roles in establishing the University of East Anglia. He was also a Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk.
Sir Timothy was also the great grandson of Jeremiah James Colman, who created Colman's Mustard.
The news comes just months the death of his wife Lady Mary Colman, who was the Queen's cousin, in January.
Lady Mary passed away at the age of 88 at her home in Norfolk on Saturday 2 January.
The family confirmed the news in an obituary printed in The Daily Telegraph, which read: "Lady Mary Cecilia died peacefully at home on Saturday 2 January 2021, aged 88.
"Most dearly loved wife of Sir Timothy Colman KG, adored mother of Sarah, Sabrina, Emma, James and Matthew, grandmother of ten, great-grandmother of sixteen.
"Private family funeral and a Service of Thanksgiving for Mary's life to be held at a later date."
Lady Mary and Sir Timothy married in 1951, when Lady Mary was aged 19 years of age.
The Queen, Queen Mother and Princess Margaret were amongst guests at their wedding at St Bartholomew-the-Great at Smithfields in London.
Lady Mary and Sir Timothy became parents to five children – sons James and Matthew and daughters, Sabrina, Emma and Sarah.
The Queen also lost her husband Prince Philip earlier this year, following his death at age 99 in April.
Prince Philip's death was announced in a statement which read: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
"Further announcements will made in due course.
"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
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