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Royal reporter Sally Patience, who started at Gloucester Citizen, has died aged 84

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: June 03, 2014

Reporter Sally Patience, who in the 1950s became the first female journalist at the Gloucester Citizen newspaper. She moved on to work for Women's Institute magazine Home and County, where her roles as royal reporter led her to follow the Queen and the Queen Mother on some of their international tours

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Royal reporter Sally Patience, the first female journalist at the Gloucester Citizen daily newspaper, has died aged 84.

During a long career in journalism, Mrs Patience covered many events attended by members of the Royal family, including the Queen's state visits to Malta, Austria and Luxembourg, as well as the Queen Mother's visit to Paris.

She died at her home in Winchester on May 7 after a short illness.

Her godson John Orchard said: "Sally loved people and touched many people's lives during her career and she continued to help and edit work for colleagues after leaving full-time employment.

"She will be sadly missed by a wide circle of friends in this country and also Austria."

Mrs Patience was born in Gloucestershire and first wrote about Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, after visiting Cheltenham races and the Badminton Horse Trials.

Her early career was spent at the Citizen during the 1950s, where she was the paper's first female reporter.

She later moved to London to work for the Women's Institute magazine Home and County, as well as a number of other publications.

One of her roles was as royal reporter and she followed the Queen and the Queen Mother around on some of their tours.

Her private admiration for the Queen Mother's stamina and charm resulted in the publication of a book called The Queen Mother.

She also interviewed many other notable figures including wildlife artist David Shepherd and the famous Austrian conductor Herbert Von Karajan.

Mrs Patience visited Austria many times during her lifetime and built friendships in the classical music circles, including one with Swedish soprano Elizabeth Soderstom.

She lived at Milton Manor in Oxfordshire helping the family with the house opening before having to return to look after her mother. Mrs Patience moved to Winchester around 20 years ago.

Mr Orchard said: "She was happy there. She was endlessly helping with events at the Deanery and much more in and around the cathedral which she enjoyed."

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