New setback in the life of Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch again suffers a severe blow, this time it has nothing to do with her health, but with the loss of a loved one. The sovereign has dismissed another of her great childhood friends, the third to whom she must say goodbye in less than a year. This time it is Lady Myra Butter, a descendant of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia and playwright Alexander Pushkin, one of Elizabeth’s close friends, and whom she held in high esteem.
Coping with the death of a loved one is difficult, and the Queen of England knows that very well. As reported by Daily ExpressLady Myra Butter died last Wednesday aged 97 at her family home in London. According to the quoted media, the great friend of Elizabeth II left this world “in peace”. Lady Butter was born in Edinburgh in 1925 and was a descendant of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia and poet Alexander Pushkin, granddaughter of Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia and Countess of Torby. She was also a cousin of the Duke of Edinburgh. A life full of anecdotes and linked to a large number of historical figures.
One of her last television appearances was after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 9, 2021. Around this time, Lady Myra Butter paid tribute to the husband of one of her best friends. The woman was at the Queen’s side during this difficult time and went public that her death was “an incalculable loss” for Prince Harry’s grandmother. Butter has spent most of her life alongside Elizabeth II.
Earlier this year, Lady Myra Butter made several headlines when she returned the Pushkin Medal given to her by the Russian state at Putin’s request. The Russian President awarded him this recognition for his work in bringing together traditions with Russian and Scottish schoolchildren, as well as for the promotion of English in schools. A medal that after Russia invaded Ukraine, the woman decided to return as a sign of disagreement with Putin’s actions.
In 2021, at 96, he revealed how he entered the inner circle of Elizabeth II. As she herself said, Buckingham Palace let a few girls play with the Queen to make her days at the palace more fun. “In the Guides and the Brownies there was a real mix, which was really nice, a few family friends and all the Real Mews people. A normal group,” he said last year. “It was great fun, we learned to do Morse code and knots,” he recalls. Lady Butter also wanted to reveal how she experienced the announcement of the death of the father of Elizabeth II, George VI. “I thought it was the end of the world. We don’t have a king, what will happen now?” he recalls.
This loss comes after the Queen lost several close friends with her in recent months. The Sovereign lost Diana Maxwell last Christmas. Lady Farnham, who had been Lady of the Queen’s Chamber since 1987, has died aged 90. Elizabeth II also said goodbye that same month of December to Ann Fortune FitzRoy, Duchess of Grafton, who died at the age of 101. Without a doubt, it has been a very difficult year for the monarch, who is also in the media spotlight due to her latest health problems.