Prince Harry Grief: Duke’s Godmother Lady Celia Vestey Dies “Suddenly” | Royal | News

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An obituary published today reads: “Celia Elizabeth SRN BA. Passed away suddenly, but peacefully, on Saturday, November 28, at the age of 71. Adored wife of Sam. Much loved mother of William, Arthur and Mary and loving grandmother of Ella, Frankie, Sam and Cosima.

“Private family funeral. Memorial service later. ”
The notice, published in the Daily Telegraph, added: “Family flowers only please, but gifts gratefully received in memory of Celia at Ebony Horse Club. ”

According to Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English, Prince Harry has offered his condolences to Lady Celia’s family.

Lady Celia, wife of Lord Samuel Vestey, was one of six godparents chosen by Prince Charles and Princess Diana for Prince Harry in 1984.

Prince Harry’s godmother has died at 71 (Image: GETTY)

A photo taken on Prince Harry’s christening day (Image: GETTY)

Prince Andrew, Prince Charles ‘cousin and Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Sarah Chatto, Diana’s roommate Carolyn Bartholomew and Prince of Wales’ friend Gerald Ward were chosen alongside Lady Celia.

The current Duke of Sussex was baptized by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, at St George’s Chapel, where he married three decades later.

Alongside her parents, brother Prince William and godparents, the baptism was also attended by senior members of the royal family, including the Queen, Prince Philip and the Queen Mother.

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Prince Harry's godmother Lady Celia Vestey dies of the royal family

Prince Harry’s godmother Lady Celia with the Queen (Image: GETTY)

The parents of Princess Diana, Earl Spencer and Frances Shand Kydd were also present.

Prince Harry publicly contacted Lady Celia on May 19, 2018, when he invited his godmother to her nuptials with Meghan Markle.

Lady Celia was part of the Queen’s inner circle and was often photographed on her way to church with the monarch.

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Prince Harry's godmother Lady Celia Vestey dies of the royal family

Prince Harry had six godparents (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry's godmother Lady Celia Vestey dies of the royal family

Lady Celia married Lord Samuel in 1981 (Image: GETTY)

Her husband, Lord Samuel, worked at the Royal Household between 1999 and 2018.

During this time he served as master of the horse, the third dignitary of the court.

The year following his retirement, he was appointed permanent Lord-in-attendant to the monarch.

Lord Samuel and Lady Celia married in 1981, months after divorcing his first wife Kathryn Eccles.

Prince Harry's godmother Lady Celia Vestey dies of the royal family

Prince Harry now lives in California (Image: EXPRESS)

The couple had three children, the Hon. William Guy Vestey, The Hon. Arthur George Vestey and the Hon. Mary Henrietta Vestey and four grandchildren.

Their eldest son followed in his father’s footsteps and served in the royal household.

Between 1995 and 1998, he was the Queen’s Honorary Page.

Prince Harry's godmother Lady Celia Vestey dies of the royal family

Lady and Lord Vestey accompanying the Queen to church in 2012 (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry was last in the UK in mid-March, when he and Meghan completed their final duties as royals.

The couple then flew to British Columbia to reunite with their son Archie.

Before the end of March, they left Canada and moved to Los Angeles, Meghan’s hometown, where they lived for a few months with producer Tyler Perry.

In July, the family of three moved into their new home in Montecito, Santa Barbara.



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