Isabel II On the third Friday of this year, he lost one of his closest friends, with whom he shared a large part of his life. Ann Fortune Fitzroy, the Duchess of Grafton, was 101 years old and was part of the Queen’s group of ladies-in-waiting, spending nearly 70 years with her, experiencing alongside Isabel II some of the most important moments of her life, such as her coronation day.
The aristocrat began working with the British royal family in 1953, during which time he accompanied the Queen on some important public events such as the opening of Parliament and on official trips to Paris, Russia and Nigeria.
During her early years at the British court, the Duchess was the Queen’s Lady-in-waiting, but in 1967 she rose to the top of the group when the King elected her as Lady of the Robes. The good relationship between them was maintained, and in 1980 Isabel II named her Lady Grand Cross of the Victorian Monarchy, a dynasty system that recognizes service rendered to some members of the monarchy. In addition, Queen Isabel II is also the godmother of the Duchess’ second daughter, Lady Virginia FitzroyBorn 1954.
Born in 1920, married Ann Fortune Smith in 1946 Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Grafton – died in 2011 – and had five children with him, James FitzroyEarl Euston (who died in 2009), Mrs. Henrietta FitzroyLady Virginia Fitzroy Lord Charles Fitzroy NS Mrs. Rose Fitzroy.
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