Heartbreak for the Queen after cousin Lady Mary Colman dies

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

The Queen's first cousin Lady Mary Colman has passed away at the age of 88.

Her family confirmed Lady Mary died at her home in Norfolk on January 2.

The Queen
The heartbreaking news comes after the Queen's New Year's Eve message of hope following what was a very tough year for Britain with the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Getty

An obituary in The Daily Telegraph 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.

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Lady Mary Colman, pictured with Prince Charles, passed away on January 2 at 88. Photo: Getty

"Private family funeral and a Service of Thanksgiving for Mary's life to be held at a later date."

Lady Mary is remembered as a woman "loved by all who met her".

She was born in 1932 to Captain Michael Bowes-Lyon and Elizabeth Margaret Cator. Captain-Bowes was one of the Queen Mother's four brothers.

Lady Mary married British businessman Sir Timothy Colman in 1951 and 19 with the Queen, Queen Mother and Princess Margaret all in attendance.

The heartbreaking news comes after the Queen's New Year's Eve message of hope following what was a very tough year for Britain with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Queen recorded her annual Christmas message last year with just a photo of Prince Philip by her side. Photo: Getty
The Queen recorded her annual Christmas message last year with just a photo of Prince Philip by her side. Photo: Getty

"We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again," the Queen wrote, in an Instagram post.

On Christmas Day, the Queen declared the pandemic had brought the UK closer together.

She shared how she understood many people may want "a simple hug or a squeeze of the hand" for Christmas.

During the speech, she had a photo of Prince Philip displayed next to her, a tribute after spending nine months in lockdown together.

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