THE Queen has suffered further heartbreak after close friend Sir Michael Oswald tragically died on the day of Prince Philip’s funeral.
Her Majesty’s trusted racing advisor passed away from a long illness on April 17 aged 86.
The Queen’s racing advisor Sir Michael Oswald has diedCredit: Avalon.red
Sir Michael looked after the Queen and Queen Mother’s racing interests for almost 30 years.
He was regularly pictured next to the royal at racing events over the years.
Paying tribute, Sir Michael’s wife Lady Angela, who was a lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother, told Racing Post: “He always said he had the most wonderful job anybody could ever have had and that for all his working life he was simply doing what he would have done had he been a rich man who didn’t have to work.”
Sir Michael was born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in 1934 and attended Eton and later King’s College, Cambridge.
Sir Michael worked with the Royals for decadesCredit: Getty
He was regularly pictured with the Queen at racing eventsCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
The racing enthusiast was then recruited as manager of the Royal Studs.
He worked for the Queen Mother from 1970 until 2002 before becoming Her Majesty’s racing advisor after her death.
The expert was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in last year’s New Year Honours list.
His death is the second tragedy to hit the Queen after her beloved husband of 73 years passed away on April 9.
He was laid to rest on Saturday in a stripped-back funeral in Windsor with just 30 mourners in attendance.
The grieving Queen sat alone as she said a final farewell to her beloved husband on her “saddest and most difficult day”.
On Sunday, she is said to have driven herself to Frogmore Gardens – her beloved spot in Windsor – for some quiet contemplation.
Sources say visiting Frogmore regularly will help the Queen deal with her grief after Prince Philip‘s death.
The gardens are one of her favourite parts of the estate to walk her puppies, dorgi Fergus and corgi Muick.
Her Majesty, who wore all black and a face mask for the occasion, appeared sorrowful and deep in thought during the funeral.
Sir Michael was a close friend of the Queen’sCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
He passed away on the day of Philip’s funeralCredit: Getty
The Queen had to sit alone during Prince Philip’s funeral
Her beloved husband passed away almost two weeks ago