Ian Farquhar, a personal friend of King Charles, died at the cottage he rented on the monarch’s Highgrove Estate following a period of deteriorating health. He was renowned as one of Britain’s top hunters as well as for his wicked sense of humour.

In addition to being a well-liked and gregarious equerry to The Queen Mother when he was a young Army officer, Farquhar was also highly esteemed and respected within the hunting communities of Britain and the United States.

After their brief romance, Farquhar and King Charles’ friendship continued into their children’s acquaintance. During Prince William’s school holiday in 2000, he and Rose, Farquhar’s daughter, enjoyed some wonderful time together in the picturesque Gloucestershire countryside, making memories that will last a lifetime. The Prince refers to her as his “first love.” In 2022, William was present for her wedding to George Gemmell.

The famed hunter’s death was described as “extremely sad” by Queen Camilla’s first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, to Richard Eden of the Daily Mail. Bowles also revealed that the hunter’s health had been deteriorating in recent months. In his adolescence, Bowles characterised his companion as “wild as a hawk, but always great fun.”

Never one to take himself too seriously, he went on, Farquhar will be “judged by history as one of the great Master of Hounds.” Being the Master of the Beaufort Hunt, the most illustrious and expansive hunt in the West Country, was Farquhar’s chief distinction as a hunter.

On their Instagram page, The Beaufort Hunt honoured Farquhar with a carousel that featured the legendary hunter at various points in his life. The caption read, “It is with broken hearts we send our love and condolences to the family and friends of our own Captain Ian Farquhar, who so brilliantly piloted us for 34 years and passed away peacefully this week.”

The statement went on: “The hunting community loved and cherished ‘Captain,’ as he was affectionately called by many. He was kind, encouraging, and always available to offer wise, forward-thinking advice to anyone who asked.”

“Anyone who was fortunate enough to be in his company and hear tales of his incredibly varied and adventurous life, both in the army and the hunting world, will cherish those memories forever. He had a wicked sense of humour.” I hope he finds peace. Please use Facebook to SHARE this post with your loved ones. Daddy is bored Peace and Love

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