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The Queen’s bridesmaid, Lady Elizabeth Longman, has died aged 92

Lady Elizabeth Longman, one of The Queen’s bridesmaids, has died peacefully at the age of 92.

Lady Elizabeth died on Thursday 8th December at her home, and is survived by her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The news of her death comes just a couple of weeks after The Hon. Margaret Rhodes, meaning Her Majesty has lost two close friends in as many weeks.

Margaret Rhodes, cousin to The Queen and bridesmaid at her wedding to Prince Philip, died at the age of 91-years-old at the end of November.

In total, Queen Elizabeth had eight bridesmaids. Only Princess Alexandra and Lady Pamela Hicks are still alive today.

Lady Elizabeth Longman was born on 16 October 1924 and was the daughter of  Field Marshal Frederick Rudolph Lambart, 10th Earl of Cavan and Lady Hester Joan Byng. On 20 July 1949, two years after being a bridesmaid to the then Princess Elizabeth, she married Mark Frederic Kerr Longman, son of Henry Kerr Longman.

Together, the couple had three children; Caroline Elizabeth Longman born 24 Dec 1951, Jane Longman born 11 Jul 1955, and Emma Longman born 14 Jan 1959.

Lady Elizabeth’s husband, Mark Frederic Kerr Longman died 6 September 1972 leaving her a widow.

Lady Elizabeth has remained close to The Queen, being part of some of her biggest milestones such as her Diamond Anniversary in 2007 at Westminster Abbey.

She has also has accomplished many other things in her life. After the rise of ITV’s period drama Downton Abbey, fashion magazine Love commissioned a 32-page shoot inspired by the fashions of the show. Model Kate Moss was to be the star of the layout, but Lady Elizabeth stole the show posing next to her in the yellow drawing room of Houghton Hall in Norfolk.


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