Ann Fortune FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton passed away on December 3 after serving the Royal Household throughout Her Majesty’s reign – in 1980 she was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.
Ann Fortune FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton died on Friday after serving the Royal Household throughout the Queen’s 69-year reign.
She was named Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 1980, an honor bestowed by the Queen for services rendered to the Sovereign.
The Queen became godmother to Ann’s second daughter in 1954.
The monarch’s latest heartbreak comes after Prince Philip’s death in April.
The Duchess was just one of two mistresses during the Queen’s reign – a role that placed responsibility for the Sovereign’s clothing and jewelry.
Ann first joined the Royal Household in 1953 – the same year of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.
She was the Lady of the Queen’s Bedroom, before becoming a Commander of the Royal Order of Victoria on the New Year’s Honors List in 1965.
The Duchess was born in 1920 and in 1946 she married the 11th Duke of Grafton Hugh FitzRoy.
She took the title of Duchess of Grafton three years after becoming mistress of the wardrobe.
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She had five children, two boys and three girls. Her husband died in April 2011.
The Duchess was on duty for all the most important royal occasions, including state visits.
Her role as mistress of the wardrobe included being in charge of the rotation of the ladies-in-waiting.
Her role was personally recognized in 1980 by Her Majesty when she appointed the Duchess Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.
She remained one of the Queen’s oldest and closest friends until her death on Friday.
It follows an eventful year for the Queen after her grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down as royals to live in the United States and her husband died.