Queen’s cousin Margaret Rhodes dead: monarch's ‘best friend’ dies from a short illness aged 91
Buckingham Palace confirmed today that Margaret, who has been close friends with the Queen since childhood, passed away on Friday night following a short illness.
Mrs Rhodes has appeared in a number of documentaries about the Queen, and The Queen Mother previously called her “her third daughter.”
An royal insider told the Sunday Express: "The Queen will be devastated to have lost her best friend.
“She grew up with Mrs Rhodes and they had so much shared history.
“They remained close throughout the Queen's reign and Her Majesty continued to be a regular visitor at Mrs Rhodes’s Windsor home until very recently.”
Mrs Rhodes previously told the BBC that the monarch wouldn’t be retiring – despite rumours saying otherwise.
She said, ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday: “Her total dedication is something we should all be grateful for."
The source continued: “One of the disadvantages of the Queen having such a long life is that she has had to say goodbye to so many dear friends and relatives.
"It is such a sad loss for Her Majesty, Mrs Rhodes’s family and everyone in the royal household. She was an extraordinary woman."
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