Sir Michael Oswald became manager of the Royal Studs in 1970 and remained in the role for 28 years

By Stephanie Petit
April 20, 2021 12:13 PM
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Sir Michael Oswald and Queen Elizabeth II
Sir Michael Oswald and Queen Elizabeth
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Queen Elizabeth is saying another difficult goodbye.

Sir Michael Oswald, the Queen's close friend and longtime horse racing advisor, died at the age of 86 on Saturday, the same day that Prince Philip was laid to rest at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Oswald became manager of the Royal Studs in 1970 and remained in the role for 28 years, in addition to acting as a racing manager to the Queen Mother and jumps adviser for the Queen. He was often seen beside the monarch at racing events.

Sir Michael's widow, Lady Angela — who was a lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother for many years — remembered her husband in an article for the Racing Post.

"He always said he had the most wonderful job anybody could ever have had and that for all his working life he was simply doing what he would have done had he been a rich man who didn't have to work," she said.

Sir Michael Oswald, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip
Sir Michael Oswald, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
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Queen Elizabeth's racing adviser John Warren added, "Sir Michael did a magnificent job managing the Royal Studs for so long. He was deeply committed to the studs, the Queen and the Queen Mother. He was extraordinarily enthusiastic and got such a buzz out of all the royal winners."

Sir Michael Oswald and Queen Elizabeth II
Sir Michael Oswald and Queen Elizabeth
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In the 2020 New Year Honours list, Oswald was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO).

Sir Michael Oswald and Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth and Sir Michael Oswald
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Queen Elizabeth, who will mark her 95th birthday on Wednesday, is in a period of mourning following the April 9 death of her husband of 73 years.

The Queen sat alone at Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday after being accompanied by Lady Susan Hussey, her lady-in-waiting, on the car ride there.

In keeping with pandemic guidelines, the Queen and members of the congregation wore face masks and sat six feet apart. Sitting inside the chapel, the Queen could be seen with her face down, only the top of her black hat visible.

Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth
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The Queen resumed her royal duties just days after Philip's death, hosting a retirement ceremony Tuesday at Windsor Castle in honor of Earl Peel who stepped down as Lord Chamberlain a week before Prince Philip died, according to the Court Circular. She's also made outings within the grounds of Windsor Castle to walk her dogs.