Queen Elizabeth news – Monarch suffers tragedy as childhood friend from inner circle dies

THE QUEEN is facing tragedy following the death of one of her childhood friends.

Lady Myra Butter, who was widely regarded to be in both Her Majesty and Prince Philip’s inner circle, had passed away in London at the age of 97.

Scottish-born Lady Butter, who leaves behind five children, was a distant relative of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia and poet, novelist and playwright, Alexander Pushkin.

She became friends with the Queen when they were both young girls after she was enlisted to join her in various childhood activities including swimming and attending Brownies.

She told The Telegraph last year: “They got hold of some girls to be part of the thing to make it more fun.

“In the Guides and the Brownies it was a real mixture, which was really nice, some friends, friends of [the family], and all the people in the Royal mews, their children, they were Brownies and Guides. Just a normal sort of pack really.”

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  • Why is Meghan’s sister suing her?

    Meghan is currently embroiled in a deformation case, spearheaded by her estranged sister Samantha.

    But why are the sisters feuding?

    The row began when Meghan and Harry conducted their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    During this infamous chat, Meghan stated: “I grew up as an only child, which everyone who grew up around me knows, and I wished I had siblings. I would have loved to have had siblings.”

    Now, Samantha didn’t take very kindly to be errased for Meghan’s life, and is thus suing her for deformation.

    Meghan’s lawyers claim the Duchess meant she felt like an only child, but Samantha is having none of it.

  • Are Kate’s parents royalty?

    Kate’s parents are not royalty,

    They are not involved in the royal family business and keep a relative distance from the day-to-day happenings at Buckingham Palace.

    And the Queen doesn’t seem to be in any rush to honour Michael and Carole Middleton with such status.

    However, once Prince William is King – a lot will could change for the Middleton family. 

    Not only will they be able to attend Christmas at Sandringham Estate – they could also become an Earl and a Countess.

    Mum Carole is a mum of three who founded Party Pieces in 1987.

    Husband Michael quit his job at British Airways to join the company in 1989.

  • Meghan has ‘similar’ traits to Diana

    Meghan Markle shares “similar” traits to the late Princess Diana that prove the Duchess “loves Harry very much”, a body language expert has claimed.

    Body language expert Darren Stanton told the Mirror: “Similarly to Princess Diana, Meghan isn’t afraid to show her emotions.

    “There’s been plenty of times she and Harry have displayed affectionate gestures towards one another publicly, holding hands and being tactile, touching each other’s elbows or back – intimate areas to touch.”

  • Royals updates live!

    Check for new updates on the royal family and her Majesty the Queen here at The Sun.

    Royal fans are currently awaiting the release of Prince Harry’s tell all memoir, and the couple’s Netflix documentary, while the Queen continues to come back stronger from her mobility issues.

    Stay tuned here for updates everyday!

  • Real reason why Queen didn’t wish Meghan a happy birthday

    Speculation is amounting as to why the Royal Family’s official social media accounts did not wish Meghan a happy birthday.

    However, there is a reason for that. According to The Daily Express’ royal correspondent Richard Palmer: “It is thought he Queen congratulated Meghan privately yesterday but her official website neglected to mention her birthday after deciding it will only mark the birthdays of non-working members of the family when they end in a zero.”

  • Prince William was humiliated by an ex while playing ‘never have I ever’ with Kate Middleton

    Following Prince William’s fling with Carly Massy-Birch at St Andrews University, he quickly got with Kate Middleton.

    But things got awkward when the three of them bumped into each other at a house party and played ‘Never Have I Ever.’

    In her book The Making of a Royal Romance, expert Katie Nicholl claims that Carly said: “Never have I ever dated two people in this room”.

    She writes: “When it was Carly’s turn to play she announced, ‘I’ve never dated two people in this room,’ knowing full well that William was the only one who had because Kate was sitting next to him.”

  • Queen accepts William’s touchy-feeling ‘good PR’

    Prince William being more touchy-feely with the public is “good PR” for the Royal Family, so the Queen believes, according to a royal commentator.

    Express.co.uk reports that former royal butler Grant Harrold said the monarch, 96, is “old school” but is “aware that the monarchy has to modernise”.

    The former royal butler told OK! magazine that William and other younger royals know they “can’t get away with being aloof”.

  • Widdecombe – Harry has no business talking about politics

    Prince Harry has no business discussing politics and world affairs, former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe has said.

    Express.co.uk reports that the former Brexit Party MEP said: “I’ve given up commenting on them really. I don’t think any member of the Royal Family should ever make a public political comment.

    “However, their retort would be, ‘Well, we’ve been stripped of our royalty’.”

  • Prince Harry in ‘honeymoon phase’ of American dream

    Prince Harry is in the “honeymoon phase” in his life in Montecito, a celebrity columnist has claimed.

    US blogger Perez Hilton told royal commentator Kinsey Schofield’s To Di For Daily podcast: “Harry has no family here in Montecito. He has no lifelong friends in Montecito.

    “He has new friends, he hobnobs with David Foster and with Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom and with Ellen… I’m sure and with Oprah down the street.

    “But he’s in the honeymoon phase of moving. And that’s all fun now… and his children are still very young.

    “I would think eventually there might come a time when he would want his children to have a meaningful relationship with his family.

    “So, I do think eventually he will want to move back. The big question is, is she down for the move as well? I don’t know.”

  • Meghan Markle suffers devastating snub as Kate comes out on top

    The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle,  has been snubbed in a magazine’s best-dressed list.

    Meanwhile, Kate ranked at number one.

    The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, is number one in Tatler’s best-dressed list for 2022.

    Express.co.uk reports that royal commentator Richard Eden commented on the Duchess of Sussex not making the top 10, questioning if it was a “bit harsh”.

  • George may lead very different Royal Family, expert claims

    Prince George may be part of a “completely different” Royal Family when he becomes a senior royal in contrast to the one we know today, according to a royal expert.

    Express.co.uk reports that former royal butler Grant Harrold suggested differences can be seen from one generation to another and pointed out as an example how Prince Charles has more of a “traditional side to him” than his eldest son.

    As a result, George may find himself leading a Firm with a touch of “celebrity” in it, Mr Harrold said.

  • Missed out on the Royals’ activities this week?

    Don’t panic – they’ve provided some updates here:

  • Insider reveals Kate Middleton does her ‘homework’ ahead of royal events

    Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, does her “homework” ahead of royal outings, a Royal Family insider has suggested.

    A royal insider told PEOPLE: “Catherine always does her homework and doesn’t go on visits on a wing and a prayer.

    “She has read the papers and puts in the effort.

    “She is a hardworking person.”

  • Mia Tindall relishes fun day out at Festival of British Eventing

    Mia Tindall had an amazing time as she enjoyed a fun day out at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park.

    Express.co.uk reports that the eight-year-old youngster wore denim shorts and a navy T-shirt for her enjoyable day out with her family.

    From munching an ice cream to jumping over the play area, the daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall proved that she is one cool kid of the Royal Family.

  • Kate’s wholehearted letter to girl, 6, after ‘kind invitation’ for George

    Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William delivered a heartfelt message to an ecstatic mum after her daughter invited Prince George to her sixth birthday party.

    Express.co.uk reports that the delighted mother shared the letter she received from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Twitter, writing: “Something amazing for her to keep.”

    The letter was sent to the woman’s daughter who eagerly invited Prince George to her sixth birthday party a few months prior.

  • Kate’s trick to ALWAYS look picture perfect revealed by fashion stylist

    A stylist and fashion coach has revealed the tricks that Kate Middleton uses in photographs to always look amazing.

    Express.co.uk reports that Miranda Holder, a stylist who has worked with the likes of Little Mix and Boy George, posts fashion tips and insights on her TikTok account.

    The fashion expert filmed a video to reveal Kate’s flattering move that everyone can do to look their best in photographs.

    Showcasing pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge, Holder informs her fans: “Have you ever wondered why Kate Middleton always looks so stunning in her photographs? Because she does! Every. Single. One.”

  • The Queen’s reaction to Wills & Kate’s new kitchen

    Prince William and Kate made changes to Anmer Hall, in the Sandringham Estate, Norfolk in 2015.

    Sally Bedell Smith, royal author, told People magazine, what the Queen said when they invited her over for lunch to see the renovations.

    The kitchen was made into an open plan space, and the Queen commented: “I can’t understand why everybody spends their time in the kitchen.”

  • William echoed Princess Diana when he ‘deliberately broke’ royal protocol at Euro 2022

    As the victorious lionesses received their medals following their 2-1 vs Germany on Sunday, they met with Prince William, who gave each of them a hug.

    A Royals expert believes it was Diana’s love and affection that gave William the courage to do this.

    Speaking to OK! magazine, former royal butler Grant Harrold said: “I think William and the other younger royals have realised that they can’t get away with being aloof.

    “The Queen can get away with it because she’s the Queen and she’s from a different era, but the younger royals have been brought up very differently.”

    Harrold also said William’s affectionate nature is likely something he inherited from his mother Princess Diana – and believes the Duke had been raised with lots of physical affection. 

    “It won’t feel unnatural to William – if anything, it’d feel more uncomfortable if it was just a strict handshake,” he added.

  • Kate Middleton is about to bring back a HUGE ballet flat resurgence

    If you thought you saw the back of the ballet flats trend, guess again, because Kate Middleton just sported them, looking cooler than ever.

    The Duchess of Cambridge donned a crisp white Alexander McQueen suit, looking totally dapper in cool tones.

    She wore a white t-shirt, high waisted white cigarette pants and a tailored blazer.

    Her look was topped off with a pair of what looks like Gianvito Rossi pumps.

    The look was worn to The Commonwealth Games as she visited the SportsAid House with Prince William and daughter, Princess Charlotte.

  • Former police chief SLAMS Prince Harry amid lawsuit controversy

    Prince Harry launched his second lawsuit against the UK government, and the former head of royalty protection at Scotland Yard is not impressed.

    According to The Mirror, Dai Davis said: “For a man who allegedly wants to protect his privacy he goes about a funny way of achieving it. I believe this is personal.

    “Rather than seek a workable solution, he has taken this route which is fraught with issues. It’s insulting.”

  • William echoed Princess Diana when he ‘deliberately broke’ royal protocol at Euro 2022

    As the victorious lionesses received their medals following their 2-1 vs Germany on Sunday, they met with Prince William, who gave each of them a hug.

    A Royals expert believes it was Diana’s love and affection that gave William the courage to do this.

    Speaking to OK! magazine, former royal butler Grant Harrold said: “I think William and the other younger royals have realised that they can’t get away with being aloof.

    “The Queen can get away with it because she’s the Queen and she’s from a different era, but the younger royals have been brought up very differently.”

    Harrold also said William’s affectionate nature is likely something he inherited from his mother Princess Diana – and believes the Duke had been raised with lots of physical affection. 

    “It won’t feel unnatural to William – if anything, it’d feel more uncomfortable if it was just a strict handshake,” he added.

  • Is Tuppence Middleton related to Kate Middleton?

    Despite sharing the same surname – Tuppence Middleton has no relation to the Duchess of Cambridge.

    But it’s a question The Imitation Game actress Tuppence gets asked a lot – as fans draw striking similarities between their appearances.

    She said: “Since Kate Middleton came around, some people think I’m related to her, but unfortunately, there’s no connection.”

    However, many believe that Tuppence and Kate will have a connection in the future – as they hope she will one day play Kate in a film about her life.

  • Prince Harry receives amazing news on Meghan’s birthday

    Prince Harry received an amazing piece of news on his wife, Meghan’s birthday, after being snubbed by her Majesty the Queen.

    As Meghan Markle celebrated her 41st birthday, Prince Harry received some great news.

    The Duke of Sussex is the president of charitable organisation African Parks, which announced on Meghan’s birthday it had completed a huge conservation project just days earlier;

    Prince Harry’s patronage along with DNPW Malawi and IFAW Global translocated 263 elephants and 431 other creatures to safety to Kasungu National Park in Malawi.

    This is an incredible achievement, as the Duke has been working closely with the charity since 2016.

  • Prince William pays tribute to ranger killed in South Africa

    Prince William and Kate Middleton have paid tribute to Anton Mzimba, a ranger “potentially assassinated” in his home in South Africa.

    Prince William revealed that last week saw the launch of @Tusk_org’s 2022 Wildlife Ranger Challenge which will further support rangers across Africa.

    The Prince said: “On the day the challenge was launched, we learnt that Anton was potentially assassinated in his home and his wife severely injured.

    “The devastating news about Anton, who exemplified courage and commitment illustrates the threat rangers face everyday.”

  • Ongoing legal battle leaves sour-taste

    The ongoing legal battle between Harry and his home country have left a sour-taste, particularly after it emerged that the case has already cost the Home Office £90,094.79 and could have surpassed £100,000 since May. 

    It is understood that £55,254 on the Government’s Legal Department, £34,824 on counsel and £16.55 on couriers make up the staggering figure.

    Yet if Harry loses his court case, the Home Office would be awarded back its costs, reducing the cost to taxpayers too.

    As well as the Government, the legal proceedings could cause a further rift in the Royal Family.

    It emerged there were stark tensions among the royals after his lawyers revealed Harry believes the Queen’s private secretary could have influenced the ruling.

    The Duke’s legal team said that Sir Edward Young “should not have been involved” in the February 2020 decision, adding there were “significant tensions” between the pair.

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