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    Diana

    While much has been made of the Queen's relationship with Diana, from the earliest days of her engagement to Prince Charles the shy 19-year-old dined regularly with the monarch, whom she would later call Mama. And through the difficult years of the Wales' marriage and subsequent divorce, the Queen always lent a sympathetic ear to the Princess' troubles.

    For her part, Diana held her mother-in-law in such high esteem she used to insist staff left the room during their telephone conversations, which she regarded as too sacred for public consumption. "She had great respect for the Queen and taught William and Harry to respect her too," reported one regular visitor to Kensington Palace.

    When the Princess of Wales died the Queen put aside her own feelings of grief to help console her heartbroken grandsons William and Harry. "What a waste, what a waste," she reportedly said. "It is such a terrible loss for the boys."

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