Inside the Queen’s touching relationship with her goddaughter as she prepares for Prince Philip’s funeral

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The Royal Family have been coping with a tremendous loss since Prince Philip’s passing on Friday (9th April). However, as the Queen and the rest of The Firm prepare for The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, ITV takes a look at some of Her Majesty’s extended family in the brand new documentary, The Queen and her Cousins.

Hosted by Alexander Armstrong, the show airs tonight (15th April) at 9pm on ITV and reveals the incredibly touching and heartwarming relationship the Queen shares with her goddaughter, Victoria Pryor.

Victoria’s mother, Margaret Rhodes, was Queen Elizabeth’s first cousin, oldest companion and closest friend. They shared a lifelong bond, so the Queen never neglected to send Victoria Christmas presents and often wrote to her.

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“You know a very tender side to her which isn’t the public side,” says Alexander when he meets Victoria in Norfolk. “As a goddaughter of the Queen does she send you postcards and things?” he asks.

Victoria answers: “No, nothing like that, but I always got a Christmas present. I got a set of Winnie the Pooh books and I got Twister.”

Victoria goes on to show Alexander a photograph of her wedding day. At first sight it appears to be a perfectly normal nuptial snap, but upon closer inspection you can see the Queen off to the side, grinning from ear to ear.


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Alexander reads aloud the letter Victoria received from the Queen in response to her wedding invite.

“I’ve marked down in my diary the date of October the 30th and hope very much that I’ll be able to come as it is down to be a Saturday when I’m at Windsor,” the Queen writes.

“I hope you’ve all been enjoying your time up here [Balmoral] though the midges yesterday at the log cabin were a nightmare for the little children. It was lovely to see you. With love from your godmother, Elizabeth R.”

Victoria also explains that her mother was like a “third daughter” to the Queen Mother.

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“The Queen Mother and my granny were very close and the Queen Mother was unbelievably fond of mummy and her siblings so she spent so much of her childhood playing with the princesses. They were almost like sisters,” says Victoria.

In fact, both Margaret and the Queen were by the Queen Mother’s bedside when she passed away.

Queen Elizabeth sent a touching letter to Victoria in response to her condolences.

She writes: “Dear Victoria, I much appreciated your thoughts and sympathy at the death of my mother. We must all be thankful for the encouragement and pleasure she gave many during her long life.”

The Queen and her Cousins with Alexander Armstrong airs tonight at 9pm on ITV

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