Celebrities including Hillary Clinton and Prince Michael of Kent attended a star-studded memorial for millionaire countess Maya von Schoenburg following her death from cancer in January.
The German aristocrat was given a royal send off at Brompton Oratory in Knightsbridge yesterday after she died of lung cancer on January 27.
Former First Lady Mrs Clinton was one of the many famous faces at the memorial, having partied with Ms von Schoenburg for the socialite’s 60th birthday bash at Munich’s Oktoberfest last year.
Former First Lady Hillary Clinton was at the memorial for Maya von Schoenburg yesterday. She partied with Ms von Schoenburg for the socialite’s 60th birthday party at Munich’s Oktoberfest last year
Mrs Clinton, a former presidential candidate, was pictured with Ms von Schoenburg’s sister Gloria (left) as they walked to the service at Brompton Oratory in Knightsbridge. A bodyguard for Mrs CLinton can be seen with his earpiece in (right)
Ms von Schoenburg died after a six year battle with lung cancer on January 27. Mrs Clinton is seen greeting another guest at the memorial with a kiss on the cheek
Maya von Schoenburg died next to her mother in Munich on Sunday January 27. She was 60
She arrived with Ms von Schoenburg’s sister Gloria and was pictured embracing Ms von Schoenburg’s son Alex Flick.
He is the son of billionaire Mercedes-Benz heir and Ms von Schoenburg’s ex-husband Mick Flick.
Mrs Clinton, a former presidential candidate, was wearing sunglasses, dark trousers and overcoat and a flowery scarf as she was flanked by a bodyguard wearing an earpiece.
Princess Gloria von Thurn and Taxis, born Countess Gloria von Schoenburg-Glauchau, greeted guests with a smile in her iconic red glasses and a fur coat as she clutched an order of service book.
Maya von Schoenburg was also a firm favourite with the Royal Family, and Prince Michael of Kent, 76, paid his respects yesterday.
The Queen’s cousin emerged from the back of a chauffeur-driven car wearing a double-breasted navy pinstripe suit with a polka dot tie.
Prince Michael of Kent paid his respects to Ms von Schoenburg yesterday. He was pictured getting out of a chauffeur-driven car wearing a double-breasted navy pinstripe suit with a polka dot tie
The Queen’s cousin, 76, was joined by his children Lord Frederick Windsor and Lady Gabriella Windsor
Lady Gabriella WIndsor (right) arriving for the ceremony yesterday with Chantal Hochuli, formerly Princess of Hanover when she was married to Ernst August, Prince of Hanover
Lord Fredrick Windsor, known as Freddie, (left) greeting another mourner at the memorial of Maya von Schoenburg
Lord Windsor arrives at the memorial service wearing a single-breasted overcoat, a navy blue suit and navy tie
Prince Charles was said to have ‘loved Maya dearly’ and they were often pictured together.
A family member said: ‘The Prince of Wales, who really loved Maya dearly, explicitly asked Lord Freddie Windsor to attend as his representative.’
Other royals on show were Lady Gabriella Windsor, Lord Fredrick Windsor, as well as the Duchess of Cornwall’s sister Annabel Elliot.
But all eyes were on fashion guru Trinny Woodall, who paraded a canary-yellow trouser suit, platform trainers and a fluffy white coat.
The famous mourners listened to Mozart’s Requiem during Mass and after the service a bagpiper played The Dark Island and other laments as guests walked from the Oratory to the Lodge.
Other notable names in attendance included ex-Made In Chelsea star Hugo Taylor, 32, French financier Arpad Busson, film producer Jemima Goldsmith, 45, the interior designer socialite Nicky Haslam, former BBC presenter Alan Yentob, businessman Robin Birley and hotelier Sir Rocco Forte.
Fashion guru Trinny Woodall, 55, stood out from the crowd in a canary-yellow trouser suit, platform trainers and a fluffy white coat
Ms Woodall waits to cross a road near the memorial in Knightsbridge yesterday. She waves to an unknown person as she carries her cream white handbag
Ex-Made In Chelsea star Hugo Taylor (second from right) wearing a double-breasted black blazer next to Gabriella WIndsor (second from left)
Mr Taylor, 32, married fellow former Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh last summer. They had dated in 2011 when on the show but split, before rekindling their romance in 2016
Ms von Schoenburg fought a prolonged battle with lung cancer.
She was diagnosed with the disease six years ago but died next to her mother Beatrix Maria von Schoenburg-Glauchau, 88, in Munich.
Her son Alex posted a tribute on his Instagram page next to seven pictures of her.
He wrote: ‘Yesterday, Sunday 27.01.19 at 12:05 Maya (60) my mother, passed out of this world and into another.
French financier Arpad Busson (left) embraces Alexander Flick, son of Maya to ex-husband billionaire Mercedes-Benz heir Mick Flick
Mr Busson walks with his daughter to the memorial service. The financier is a multi-millionaire and has been estimated to be worth of £250million
Annabel Elliot, an interior designer and antiques dealer, is the sister of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. She dons a pair of sunglasses as she approaches the service
Ms Elliot, 70, walks arm in arm with a guest at the memorial for Ms von Schoenburg in Knightsbridge
Businessman Ben Elliot is the Duchess of Cornwall’s nephew and Annabelle Elliot’s son. He attended the memorial with her yesterday
‘After six hard years of battling cancer, her breathing became gentler, her eyes closed and she slipped away peacefully.
‘Mama, you where the most important person in my life. You bore me, raised me, taught me, understood me and forgave me.’
He continued: ‘In short; you where my everything. The sadness I feel now is incomparable to anything I have ever felt before, my heart cut by a spear.
English hotelier Sir Rocco Forte was pictured at the memorial for Ms von Schoenburg. He is the chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels
Film and documentary producer Jemima Goldsmith wearing dark heels with a black overcoat and white shirt
Nicky Haslam, an interior designer sports a pair of trainers on the way to the memorial service in Knightsbridge
Businessman, entrepreneur and political donor Robin Birley is the son of Lady Annabel Goldsmith. He walks to the ceremony in west London yesterday
Alan Yentob was the creative director at the BBC but stepped down in December 2015. He was pictured on a London street before he joined other celebrities at the memorial to Maya von Schoenburg
‘You where unique in wit, spirit and your presence alone lit up any room. Your warmth and young soul brought you friends from presidents to teenage girls forever influenced by your magnetic charm and glamour.
‘You lived the fullest life i ever saw, and where nothing short of a force of nature.
‘On the day of your passing there was an outpouring of grief which spread like wildfire, it exists alongside an overwhelming honour at having known you. You where at times a complicated mother but always and forever my shining light.’
He added: ‘You imbued me with this faith and although I rebelled against it often, in the end it is the greatest solace I feel now that you have died. You are in a better place.’
And her brother Alexander von Schoenburg-Glauchau, 49, told German newspaper Bild: ‘A part of me has died, Maya was my twin, born on the same day, on the 15th of August, only 11years before me.
‘Where she was, there was the centre of action,’ he added.
Ms von Schoenburg was buried at St. Anna’s Ladies’ Cathedral, Munich, on February 2.