Queen’s heartbreak as cousin dies peacefully at home aged 88
The Queen’s cousin Lady Mary Colman has died at the age of 88.
Lady Mary died at her Norfolk home on Saturday.
Her family announced her death in an obituary in the Daily Telegraph, which read: “Lady Mary Cecilia died peacefully at home on Saturday 2 January 2021, aged 88.
“Most dearly loved wife of Sir Timothy Colman KG, adored mother of Sarah, Sabrina, Emma, James and Matthew, grandmother of ten, great-grandmother of sixteen.
“Private family funeral and a Service of Thanksgiving for Mary’s life to be held at a later date.”
Lady Mary Cecilia Bowes Lyon was born and raised in Bedfordshire before going to school in Gloucestershire.
At 19, she married Sir Timothy Colman, who was part of the famous mustard family, Colman’s, with the Queen, Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother on the guestlist.
The couple have five children – James, Matthew, Sabrina, Emma and Sarah.
They have 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Lady Mary’s father, Captain Michael Bowes Lyon, was the Queen’s Mother’s brother – making her the Queen’s first cousin.
She was a regular guest at the royal family’s estates Balmoral and Sandringham, the Mail reports.
Lady Mary was a huge football fan, and attended every home game of her beloved Norwich City for 30 years, reports the Eastern Daily Press.
She was also heavily involved in charity work, giving her time to the Red Cross and the Norfolk Autistic Society.
She was president of the EDP’s We Care 2000 Appeal, a 1998 fundraiser which led to the formation of the Norfolk Millennium Trust.
The organisation aimed to help people who dedicated their lives to being carers for family members in the Norfolk area.
Speaking to the paper at the time, she said: “I have agreed to become president of the appeal because I firmly believe that carers of all ages – and many are quite small children – need and deserve all the help we can give them.
“There are times when the sense of responsibility, loneliness, frustration or sheer exhaustion makes their task almost too much to cope with.”