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The Queen has lost one of her closest friends, Sir Timothy Colman who died on Thursday aged 91.

As the husband of the Queen's first cousin Lady Mary Colman, Sir Timothy regularly visited the monarch at her home in Sandringham, Norfolk.

The 91-year-old passed away at his home at Bixley Manor, near Norwich surrounded by his family.

The Sun reports Sir Timothy's death comes nine months after that of his wife's on January 2.

An obituary for Lady Mary said at the time: "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.

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

At 19, Lady Mary married Sir Timothy Colman, who was part of the famous mustard family, Colman's, with the Queen, Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother on the guestlist.

The couple have five children – James, Matthew, Sabrina, Emma and Sarah.

They have 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, the Mirror reports.

Lady Mary's father, Captain Michael Bowes Lyon, was the Queen's Mother's brother – making her the Queen's first cousin.

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