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King Charles' sadness revealed as late Queen's best friend dies

Prue Penn was a friend of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret

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Sharnaz Shahid
Sharnaz ShahidDeputy Online Editor
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King Charles is mourning the loss of a family friend. The late Queen Elizabeth II's loyal companion and former lady-in-waiting, Prudence, Lady Penn has died aged 97. 

Lady Penn, also known as Prue, was the widow of Sir Eric Penn, the one-time Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain's Office. Over the years, when she lived very close to Buckingham Palace, Prue had become a close confidant and family friend of the royals. 

King Charles' sadness as Lady Penn dies© Getty
King Charles is mourning the loss of Lady Penn

"I suppose people may now see a 91-year-old lady and forget she was once young," she in the Channel 5 documentary Elizabeth: Our Queen back in 2018. "I remember going with her and Prince Philip to a nightclub in Leicester Square called The 400, which was the smart place to go. 

"And we had drinks, and something to eat and we danced. She loved to do normal things like you do when you are young."

Lady Penn also formed a close bond with Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother, and in recent years, had been seen in public with the late Queen. In March 2016, the pair were spotted dining together at Mayfair restaurant Bellamys where they celebrated Prue's 90th birthday.

Lady Penn (centre) seen with Princess Margaret (right) at the Savoy Hotel where they attended the Women of the Year luncheon in 1975© PA Images
Lady Penn (centre) seen with Princess Margaret (right) at the Savoy Hotel where they attended the Women of the Year luncheon in 1975

She was also said to be a huge admirer of King Charles. According to the Telegraph, a then Prince Charles had confided to her his concerns about marrying Lady Diana Spencer. 

When Charles became King, she confided to a friend on his Accession: "Have you noticed how our new Sovereign seems to have grown in stature overnight? He looks every inch a king. 

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"I am devoted to him and know that he will take on the mantle with sensitivity, wisdom, and strength." 

Lady Penn was also appointed LVO in the 2002 demise honours list. She is survived by her two sons and a daughter.

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