The Queen suffers second heartbreak in as many weeks as close friend Sir Michael Oswald dies on the day of Prince Philip’s funeral

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The Queen has heartbreakingly suffered a second loss in as many weeks as her close friend Sir Michael Oswald died on the day of her husband Prince Philip's funeral.

Sir Michael — who was the former manager of the Royal studs — advised the 94 year old and the Queen Mother, who died in 2002, on their interests in racing.

He sadly passed away on Saturday, the day The Queen said a final goodbye to her beloved husband Prince Philip, at the age of 86.

Michael will instantly be recognised by members of the Royal family after being seen photographed alongside senior members of the family at Royal Ascot over the years.

He became The Queen's racing advisor in 2003 after working for her mother from 1970 until her death.

Just last year, he was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in the New Years Honours list.

Sharing The Queen's great sense of humour, he regularly told the story of a horse she had in training named Harvest Song.

He made a call to Buckingham Palace at 10am one day to alert her the horse would be running in a televised race in case she wanted to watch it.

The Queen's page, Barry Mitford, asked if the horse would win and if he should place a bet.

Michael explained: "I told him under no circumstances should he waste any money on it: that I had more chance of winning the 100m at the Olympics."

Harvest Song was a 50/1 rank outsider, but miraculously went on to win the race by five and a half lengths.

When Michael later contacted The Queen to ask if she'd watched the race, she replied: "Oh yes, and may I say that Barry is standing next to me.

"If I was you, I would find some dark glasses and a good disguise next time to come anywhere near this place."

His widow Lady Angela, who was a lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother, paid a touching tribute to her husband following the news of his death.

She 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."

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