Queen in mourning after heartbreaking death of friend

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The Queen is mourning the death of her close friend business man Sir Timothy Colman who died last week at the age of 91.

Sir Timothy Colman was the husband of the Queen's first cousin Lady Mary Colman, who had passed away eight months earlier aged 88.

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The Queen is mourning the loss of a close friend. Photo: Getty

His family announced the sad news with a statement, after he passed away at his home at Bixley Manor, Norwich on September 9.

"He was a fountain of knowledge, a huge influence on a number of people of all ages, who sought his wise counsel," they said.

"He had a love and huge knowledge of the natural world, but, most importantly, he loved his family. With his late wife Mary, he created the happiest of family homes at Bixley Manor."

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Colman married the Queen's cousin at St Bartholomew-the-Great at Smithfields in London in 1951, when the Monarch was just 19-years-old.

He would often be seen accompanying the Queen at events, including her famous garden parties at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen is accompanied by a personal friend Sir Timothy Colman
Sir Timothy Colman often accompanies the Queen at events. Photo: Getty

Sir Timothy Colman served in the Royal Navy as a midshipman, and was later a second lieutenant on HMS Frobisher and Indefatigable.

The Queen then personally appointed him to be Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk in 1978, a role which he held for more than 25 years.

Upon hearing the news of Colman's passing, the chief executive of Norfolk Chambers Chris Sargisson also shared a tribute online.

"Sir Timothy was a champion of Norfolk and its people," he wrote. "Sir Timothy has played a leading role in the Norfolk business community for many decades."

Timothy and Mary Colman are survived by five children, James, Matthew, Sabrina, Emma and Sarah.

It's been a particularly sad year for the Queen who had already farewelled her husband Prince Philip after he passed away in April.

She also faces the threat of further damage to the monarchy when Prince Harry releases a tell-all memoir next year.

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