Queens most mischievous pal Micky who helped monarch go out in disguise dies

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    Tributes have poured in for the Queen's most mischievous friend who sadly passed away last week.

    Lady Rupert Nevill, 97, was known as 'Micky' by close friends (including Her Majesty) and helped the monarch go incognito in public from time to time.

    Born Camilla Wallop, she was the daughter of the 9th Earl of Portsmouth and had known the Queen since they were kids.

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    The pair are said to have met when they were both in a Girl Guides troop that met on the Palace grounds.

    The Queen isn't the only senior royal Lady Rupert used to help out.

    Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend reportedly used her home – Horsted Place in Uckfield, East Sussex – as a getaway when they were courting.

    Lady Rupert lived there with Lord Rupert Nevill after they were married in 1944.

    The Queen and Prince Philip would also spend time with the couple at Horsted Place, sometimes making the trip to Brighton to take in a performance at the theatre, according to the Daily Mail's Richard Eden.

    An article in the 1970s claimed the Queen relished trips to Brighton, seeing if she could go incognito despite being the most famous woman in the country.

    On one evening, the report claims the theatre manager noticed Lady Rupert before realising that "elbow-deep in the crush and enjoying it, was the Queen".

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    Speaking to the Daily Mail, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes said he will miss Lady Rupert "tremendously".

    He said: "We had been friends for more than half a century.

    "In fact, she was one of the main influences in my life. Her knowledge, her judgement, her taste, were all extraordinary, and I consider knowing her as one of my ­greatest blessings."

    The funeral is due to be held next week.

    King Charles and Philip both attended her husband's funeral in 1982.

    Lord Rupert had served as both treasurer and private secretary to Philip.

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