Sarah Ferguson shares emotional New Year’s poem to the late Queen, saying her ‘dearest friend’ is now ‘free’ but ‘tucked in our hearts’

Sarah Ferguson has paid tribute to her former mother-in-law the Queen in a New Year’s poem.

The Duchess of York, 63, who was married to the late monarch’s son Prince Andrew for 10 years, said Her Majesty is ‘tucked in our hearts’ in the handwritten note.

Sarah posted the short poem called ‘We Will Miss You, Dearest Friend’ to Instagram, alongside a photo of the Queen from Royal Ascot 2018.

The poem reads, ‘As the primroses appear on the banks of Windsor so clear, new beginnings, new paths, new rainbows to see, you are tucked in our hearts even though apart – so welcome 2023 knowing you are free. Happy New Year.’

She then captioned the poem: ‘We will miss you always dearest friend. You remain in our hearts. Happy New Year.’

The poem, which also referenced September 19, the date of Her Majesty’s funeral, got a huge response from her followers.

One wrote: ‘Thank you Duchess Sarah. Very touching memorial.’ Another said: ‘Most definitely tucked in our hearts. Lovely sentiments.’ While a third added how the Queen’s smile would ‘light up any room’.

Although Sarah and Prince Andrew got divorced in 1996, the Duchess is thought to have remained close to the late Queen.

She spent Christmas with her in 2021 and she also now looks after two of the late Queen’s corgis – Muick and Sandy – alongside her estrange husband. The ex-couple both still live at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.

Her poem is not the first time she has penned a tribute to the late Queen.

Following her death, Sarah wrote: ‘I am heartbroken by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.

‘She leaves behind an extraordinary legacy: the most fantastic example of duty and service and steadfastness, and a constant steadying presence as our head of state for more than 70 years.

‘She has given her whole life selflessly to the people of the UK and the Commonwealth. To me, she was the most incredible mother-in-law and friend.’

On a personal note, she thanked the Queen for being ‘the most incredible mother-in-law and friend’, adding: ‘I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me in remaining close to me even after my divorce.’

Speaking on the Tea with Twiggy podcast as she promoted her Mills & Boon romance novel Her Heart For A Compass, the Duchess previously paid tribute to the Queen for being ‘modern, flexible and forgiving.’

Sarah compared their relationship to the one she had with her own mother Susan Barrantes, who passed away in September 1998, saying: ‘I think to myself that honestly my mother-in-law has been more of a mother to me than my mother.’

She continued: ‘My greatest mentor and… person who believes in me is the Queen – and has never faltered.

‘I absolutely admire the incredible way Her Majesty is so modern… and how flexible, and how understanding, and how forgiving and how generous.’

Her poem is not the first penned for the late Queen in royal circles, however.

In September, Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi also shared a moving post paying tribute to the late Queen.

Taking to Instagram, the property developer shared a heartfelt poem written by his half-brother Alby Shale in a bid to provide comfort to a grieving Princess Beatrice, who is the granddaughter of the Queen.

The lengthy poem called Her Majesty, Thank You mentions the great service of the Queen over her 70-year reign in rhyming couplets.

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