Sadness for the Queen Consort as her businessman brother-in-law Simon Elliot, who even accompanied her on her honeymoon with Charles in Balmoral, dies at 82
The queen consort is mourning her brother-in-law of over 50 years after the death of her sister Annabel’s husband, landowner Simon Elliot, was announced today.
Elliot, whose late father Sir William was an RAF Air Chief Marshal, has died at the age of 82, his family said in a statement.
Camilla, 75, was known to have a close relationship with the businessman, whom Annabel married in 1972 at the age of 23, with the couple even joining royalty on their honeymoon with Charles.
Simon and Annabel, 74, shared three children: former Conservative Party chairman Ben Elliot and his sisters Alice and Catherine.
Simon Elliot, the queen consort’s brother-in-law, has died at the age of 82. The business owner married Camilla’s sister, Annabel, in 1972 and the couple share three children, Ben, Alice and Catherine.
Camilla invited her interior designer sister and her husband to their Balmoral honeymoon after marrying then-Prince Charles in 2005 and the now King and Queen consort frequently visited the couple in the Dorset village of Stourpaine when they were dating.
And it was at Annabel’s 50th birthday party at the Ritz Hotel when her sister stole the limelight by ‘coming out’ as Charles’ partner, the couple used the occasion to pose for their first public photos together on the steps. of the hotel.
The queen consort has enjoyed a close relationship with her brother-in-law for more than five decades, the couple pictured at the wedding of Camilla’s niece Alice Elliot.
Camilla, right, pictured with her sister Annabel and brother-in-law Simon Elliot before she became Duchess of Cornwall and is now Queen Consort.
Happier times: Camilla is seen smiling alongside her late brother-in-law at the London wedding of Ben Elliot and Mary-Clare Winwood
Simon and Annabel attend the wedding of their son Ben Elliot and Mary-Clare Winwood in 2011
Annabel’s interior design skills have seen her run her business in Dorset for over 30 years, and the King has employed her to redesign several royal homes over the years.
Camilla and Annabel’s younger brother, Mark Shand, died in 2014 after a fall in New York.
The Queen Consort is hosting a reception today to mark International Women’s Day at Buckingham Palace.
Camilla has had a busy week of public commitments; Yesterday, she joined the King in Colchester, Essex, to celebrate her new town status and had tea with supporters of the Age UK charity and The Silver Line, a helpline for the elderly.
His visit came as entries for the Queen Consort’s Coronation Champion Awards, organized by the Royal Voluntary Service and supported by the Daily Mail, were flooded.