Queen Elizabeth Mourns the Death of Former Bridesmaid Lady Elizabeth Longman
Just two weeks after losing her cousin and confidante, Margaret Rhodes, Queen Elizabeth is mourning the death of another one of her bridesmaids and close friends.
Lady Elizabeth Longman, one of eight bridesmaids at the monarch’s wedding to Prince Philip in November 1947, died Thursday at the age of 92.
The Queen has sent a private note of condolence to her family.
Rhodes, another one of the bridal attendants, died last month. A private funeral will take place on Monday, with the Queen, 90, and her husband Prince Philip, 95, in attendance.
Lady Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Rose Hanbury, is married to the Marquis of Cholmondeley and is a friend of Prince William and Princess Kate. The couple lives at Houghton Hall, not far from Anmer Hall, the country home of the royal couple and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Only two of the bridesmaids from the Queen and Prince Philip’s 1953 wedding are still alive – Lady Pamela Hicks and Princess Alexandra, who turns 80 on December 25. Alexandra, the Queen’s first cousin, is still a “working royal” today and carries out engagements on the Queen’s behalf. She has done so for decades, even carrying out international visits.
Lady Pamela, one of Prince Philip’s first cousins and the daughter of his beloved uncle Lord Mountbatten, has served as a director for wealth management firm H Securities Unlimited since 1991, and previously served as a lady-in-waiting for the Queen. The 87-year-old is also a published author, with a memoir titled Daughter of Empire: Life as a Mountbatten.