Queen’s cousin Margaret Rhodes dead: monarch's ‘best friend’ dies from a short illness aged 91

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.

Queen’s cousin Margaret Rhodes dead: monarch's ‘best friend’ dies from a short illness aged 91

“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.

Queen’s cousin Margaret Rhodes dead: monarch's ‘best friend’ dies from a short illness aged 91

"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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