Ian Farquhar, a close friend of King Charles, passed away after a period of declining health at the cottage he rented on the monarch’s Highgrove Estate. Known for his sharp wit and esteemed reputation as one of Britain’s finest huntsmen, Farquhar was highly regarded within the hunting communities of Britain and the United States. Earlier in his career, he served as a sociable equerry to The Queen Mother while he was a young Army officer.

At the time of his death, Farquhar was 78 years old. His friendship with King Charles extended to their children, forging a bond between Prince William and Farquhar’s daughter, Rose, after a brief romance in 2000. Rose has been noted as the Prince’s “first love,” and Prince William attended her wedding to George Gemmell in 2022.

Queen Camilla’s first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, expressed sadness at Farquhar’s passing, noting his declining health in recent months. Bowles described Farquhar as “wild as a hawk in his youth, but always great fun,” adding that history would remember him as one of the great Masters of Hounds.

Farquhar’s legacy as a huntsman was prominently marked by his role as Master of the Beaufort Hunt, the oldest and largest hunt in the West Country. The Beaufort Hunt paid tribute to him on their Instagram page, sharing a carousel of photos depicting Farquhar throughout his life. The post conveyed heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, celebrating his supportive nature, kindness, and exceptional leadership over his 34 years with the hunt.

Known for his infectious humor and captivating storytelling, Farquhar’s adventurous life in the army and the hunting world left an indelible mark on those who had the privilege of knowing him.