Childhood friend of the late Queen and Chancellor of King Charles’s Order of the Thistle David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie, dies aged 97

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David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie, seen here with the late Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Garden Party at Holyrood in Edinburgh in 2009. The two became friends as children.

David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie, one of the oldest and dearest friends of the late Queen Elizabeth II, has passed away at the age of 97.

Born in Scotland, he served as a page to his father, David, the 12th Earl of Airlie, at the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey on May 12, 1937.

After the Queen’s death last September, he became the last surviving participant in that momentous occasion.

News of his death was shared on social media by Alastair Bruce, godfather to the Earl of Wessex, son of the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.

The sad announcement was met with an outpouring of tributes from her followers, who were quick to share their thoughts.

David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie, seen here with the late Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Garden Party at Holyrood in Edinburgh in 2009. The two became friends as children.

David (seen here with Princess Margaret) was a key figure in the royal household, regularly staying in Sandringham and Balmoral to go shooting with the family.

David (seen here with Princess Margaret) was a key figure in the royal household, regularly staying in Sandringham and Balmoral to go shooting with the family.

One person wrote: ‘Oh no, this is so sad. Such a lovely man, and as will inevitably be said, what a life. But it really was wonderful.

“Oh no, he was a firm favourite, my condolences to his family and everyone who knew him,” another mourner added.

While a third wrote: ‘What a remarkable life of service to the Crown. May he rest in peace.’

After the queen’s death, David served as Chancellor of the Thistle to King Charles and played a vital role in the Monarch’s Coronation in May.

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Born just a month after Elizabeth in 1926, the two became good friends after meeting at her birthday party.

Sharing insight into their relationship on BBC Radio 4’s Today show after her death, he recalled: “The two princesses were staying at Glamis Castle, which is only a few miles from Cortachy, my home.”

‘We had a tea party and my father and mother had given me a go-kart as a birthday present.

‘When the party started, my father said to me: ‘I think it would be very nice if you would invite Princess Elizabeth for a ride in your gift’, this little car.

‘I said: ‘Certainly not. This is my birthday, this is my car and no one else is going to ride in it.’

‘This caused a bit of a fight and I lost the battle. So that was the first time I met her. That was 90 years ago now.

David became a key figure in the royal household, regularly staying at Sandringham and Balmoral.

In 1984 the Queen made him Lord Chamberlain.

He has been such a permanent fixture in the life of the royal family that he was portrayed in the 2006 film The Queen, by actor Douglas Reith.

David's wife Virginia, seen here together, was one of the late Queen's ladies-in-waiting.

David’s wife Virginia, seen here together, was one of the late Queen’s ladies-in-waiting.

The sad news of David's death was shared on social media by a well-placed expert, Alastair Bruce, and sent out a wave of grief among supporters.

The sad news of David’s death was shared on social media by a well-placed expert, Alastair Bruce, and sent out a wave of grief among supporters.

The Crown also included him, played by actor Martin Turner, in the fifth season to manage the divorce of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

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David’s widow, Virginia Ogilvy, Countess of Airlie, was one of the late monarch’s trusted ladies-in-waiting.

He frequently joined the Queen on trips to the US and met the President and Barbara Bush at the White House.

David and Virginia had six children together: Lady Doune Mabell Ogilvy, Lady Jane Fortune Margaret Ogilvy, Lord David John Ogilvy, Hon. Bruce Patrick Mark Ogilvy, Lady Elizabeth Clementina Ogilvy and the Hon. Patrick Alexander Ogilvy and 11 grandchildren.

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