Prince Harry's godmother Lady Celia Vestey dies aged 71

Victoria Ward
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Prince Harry's Godmother Lady Celia Vestey Dies Aged 71 - Max Mumby 
Prince Harry's Godmother Lady Celia Vestey Dies Aged 71 - Max Mumby

The Duke of Sussex’s godmother, Lady Celia Vestey, has died suddenly at the age of 71.

Lady Celia and her husband, Lord Samuel Vestey, were members of the Queen’s inner circle and keen horse racers.

Lord Samuel served as Master of the Horse to the Royal Household from 1999 to 2018, and was appointed as permanent Lord-in-Waiting to the monarch last August.

The couple married in December 1981 and had three children, the eldest of whom, William, served as a Page of Honour to the Queen from 1995 until 1998.

Lady Celia was one of six godparents the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, chose for Prince Harry ahead of his christening in 1984.

 Queen Elizabeth II and Lady Celia Vestey attend day 4 'Gold Cup Day' of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse - Max Mumby 
Queen Elizabeth II and Lady Celia Vestey attend day 4 'Gold Cup Day' of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse - Max Mumby

The Duke of York, Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Sarah Chatto, the Princess’s former flatmate Carolyn Bartholomew, the Prince’s friend Gerald Ward and artist Bryan Organ were also on the list.

The young Prince Harry was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where he would later marry.

Lady Celia attended the wedding of the Duke and Meghan Markle in May 2018.

Lady Celia Vestey attends the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle  - Max Mumby 
Lady Celia Vestey attends the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle - Max Mumby

Her death was announced in today’s Telegraph.

It said: "Celia Elizabeth SRN BA. Died suddenly, but peacefully, on Saturday 28th November, aged 71 years.

"Adored wife of Sam. Much loved mother of William, Arthur and Mary and loving Granny of Ella, Frankie, Sam and Cosima.

"Private family funeral. Memorial service later.

"Family flowers only please, but donations gratefully received in Celia's memory to Ebony Horse Club."