Lady Myra Butter was a close friend and confidante of Queen Elizabeth since childhood, who died ‘peacefully’ on July 29 at the age of 97.
The death notice says, “Myra Alice, Lady (CVO) died peacefully on Friday 29th July 2022 in London aged 97. Beloved wife of the late Major Sir David Butter. Adored mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Private family funeral in Scotland.”
The Queen was deeply in shock when she got to know about the heartening news of her close friend’s demise. Queen Elizabeth II mourned the passing of her close friend Lady Myra, who was also close to the monarch’s late husband Prince Philip, according to Newsweek. She was a Queen Elizabeth’s childhood friend and a cousin of Duke of Edinburg and part of her inner circle. According to notice, Lady Butter died in her London home.
When the Queen was young, several young people were given the opportunity by Buckingham Palace. They were allowed to accompany the Queen in a variety of enjoyable activities, such as girl guiding, swimming, etc. One of whom was Lady Myra. She became her swimming partner.
The Queen and Lady Butter attended swimming lessons together when they were 11 and 12 years old, told in a 2021 interview with The Telegraph. She said, “They got hold of some girls to be part of the thing to make it more fun.” The Queen and Princess Margaret attended the wedding of Lady Myra Butter and Major David Butter in 1946.
Moreover, she returned the Pushkin medal earlier this year, which had been given to her by President Vladimir Putin. The medal was rewarded in recognition of her efforts in bringing together Russian and Scottish pupils in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. With “great regret,” Lady Butter said she was returning the accolade.
She also discussed the Queen Elizabeth’s sorrow over the death of her husband. Lady Butter said that the Duke was her “world” and that without him, she would feel “lost.”