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Fergie pays tribute to 'remarkable' Diana and late Queen Elizabeth for Women's History Month

Fergie honoured the women in her life with a post on social media. (Getty Images)
Fergie honoured the women in her life with a post on social media. (Getty Images)

Sarah Ferguson has honoured the late Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth – who she says was ‘a mother’ to her – as well as her ‘magnificent’ daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, in a social media post celebrating Women’s History Month this March.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the Duchess of York posted various images of herself and women from her inner circle, which included several famous names from the Royal Family and Elvis’ only daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, who died earlier this year.

The images included baby pictures of both Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and a black-and-white snap of Fergie with the late Diana.

Diana and Sarah chatting at the Guard's Polo Club, Windsor in 1983. (Getty Images)
Diana and Sarah were childhood friends before reconnecting in their early 20s, seen here in 1983. (Getty Images)

“To celebrate #womenshistorymonth this year, I want to thank & remember a few of the women I admire deeply, all of whom have had such a special influence on my life,” she wrote in the caption, before going on to list a few of those women by name.

“My mother, my kind stepmother, Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth, who was a mother to me, my sisters Jane, Alice, Eliza, Diana and Lisa Marie Presley, who are family to me, and of course my magnificent daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie.”

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“The women who have made up so much of the joy in my life are simply remarkable…” she continued, “and I thought it only right to take a moment for them.”

“I feel unbelievably blessed to have shared mentorship, friendship, sisterhood, and motherhood with these women,” she added.

The Duchess of York had a close relationship with Diana, even long before the two women were to become sisters-in-law as they married Prince Andrew and Prince Charles respectively.

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Ferguson and Diana were close childhood friends, who met through their mothers, as well as being fourth cousins, and the pair reconnected in their early twenties before navigating together the tumultuous waters of being a royal’s spouse.

Sarah Ferguson with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Andrew
Sarah Ferguson grew even closer to Queen Elizabeth in her final years amid Prince Andrew's ongoing legal battles. (Getty Images)

Even after her divorce from Prince Andrew in 1996, and despite the breakdown of their relationship being played out in the press, Ferguson remained close to the Queen, and inherited the late monarch’s beloved corgis, Muick and Sandy, after her death in September 2022.

“I’ve always admired and adored her,” she told the Telegraph earlier this year. “Really, she was more of a mother to me than my mother.”

Ferguson also listed her three sisters, Jane, Alice and Elizabeth (‘Eliza’), as inspirations in her tribute post.

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