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Queen lost a close friend on same day as her husband Philip’s funeral

Queen Elizabeth II suffered double heartbreak Saturday — dropping a longtime friend on the same day as her husband Prince Philip’s funeral.

Horse knowledgeable Sir Michael Oswald, who spent virtually 30 years as supervisor of the Royal Studs, died Saturday after a lengthy sickness, the Instances of London mentioned. He was 86.

Oswald was often photographed with the Queen, who was a eager horse racing fan, and was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in final yr’s New 12 months Honours checklist.

He died simply days earlier than his birthday on Wednesday — one he shares with the Queen, who turns 95 this week.

The racing adviser had additionally been close to the Queen Mom earlier than her demise 19 years in the past, and his spouse, Woman Angela, was one of many late royal’s ladies-in-waiting, the UK Instances famous.

Queen Elizabeth II and Sir Michael Oswald attend the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on Oct. 18, 2014 in Ascot, England.
Queen Elizabeth II and Sir Michael Oswald attend the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on Oct. 18, 2014 in Ascot, England.
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“He all the time mentioned he had essentially the most fantastic job anyone might ever have,” his widow instructed the Racing Publish.

“For all his working life he was merely doing what he would have accomplished had he been a wealthy man who didn’t should work,” she mentioned.

From left, Sir Michael Oswald, Princess Alexandra, Queen Elizabeth and Angus Ogilvy watching the racing at the derby.
Sir Michael Oswald, Princess Alexandra, Queen Elizabeth and Angus Ogilvy watching the racing on the derby.
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The Queen’s present racing adviser, John Warren, instructed the Racing Publish that his predecessor “was deeply dedicated to the studs, the Queen and the Queen Mom.”

“He was terribly enthusiastic and received such a buzz out of all of the royal winners,” he mentioned.

Regardless of the Queen’s love for racing, Oswald beforehand insisted that the monarch by no means gambled.

Sir Michael Oswald, Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip watch the Investec Derby on Derby Day at The Derby Festival on June 1, 2013 in Epsom, United Kingdom
Sir Michael Oswald, Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip watch the Investec Derby on Derby Day at The Derby Pageant on June 1, 2013 in Epsom, United Kingdom.
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“I’ve by no means recognized the Queen ever to have had a wager herself,” he as soon as mentioned, in keeping with the UK Instances’ obit, whereas conceding she “has a sweepstake” of little greater than a greenback for the Derby.

“For her the eagerness is having a horse that wins. There’s nothing she doesn’t find out about a horse’s pedigree,” he mentioned.

Sir Michael Oswald and Queen Elizabeth II watch the racing from the balcony of the Royal Box as they attend Derby Day during the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse on June 4, 2016 in Epsom, England.
Sir Michael Oswald and Queen Elizabeth II watch the racing from the balcony of the Royal Field as they attend Derby Day in the course of the Investec Derby Pageant at Epsom Racecourse on June 4, 2016 in Epsom, England.
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Oswald’s demise was the same day as the Queen sat alone whereas saying goodbye to Philip, her husband of 73 years, the longest-serving royal consort in British historical past.

Oswald is survived by his spouse, daughter Katharine and son William, the Instances mentioned.

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