Queen's close friend Sir Timothy Colman dies aged 91

Queen’s close friend Sir Timothy Colman dies aged 91: Royal Navy hero and businessman from famed British mustard dynasty passes away at his Norfolk home surrounded by family

  • Sir Timothy Colman was a scion of the Colman’s mustard family from Norfolk and a friend of the Queen
  • He was a frequent guest at Sandringham in Norfolk with his wife, Mary, who was the Queen’s cousin 
  • Mary, who died in January, was the elder daughter of Michael Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother’s brother 

The Queen is mourning one of her closest friends, Sir Timothy Colman, who has died aged 91. 

A scion of the Colman’s mustard family from Norfolk, he was a frequent guest at Sandringham with his wife, Mary, HM’s cousin. 

Mary, who died in January, was the elder daughter of Michael Bowes-Lyon — the Queen Mother’s brother.  Much of their childhoods were spent together. 

Mary recalled how her uncle, George VI, referred to her cousins, Lilibet and Margaret, as respectively his ‘pride’ and ‘joy’. 

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The Queen and one of her closest friends Sir Timothy Colman visiting Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in February 2004

Queen Elizabeth II hosts a garden party at Sandringham House in Norfolk with her friend Sir Timothy Colman in July 2002

In 1951, Sir Timothy Colman married Mary, who was the elder daughter of Michael Bowes-Lyon – the Queen Mother’s brother

Colman’s workers are seen packing mustard tins into boxes during the Second World War at the factory in Norwich in 1940

Sir Timothy Colman was a scion of the Colman’s mustard family from Norfolk, whose factory in Norwich is pictured



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