Myra shared a lifelong passion for horses with the Queen and owned Formulate, which won the Waterford Candelabra Stakes, May Hill Stakes and the Fillies’ Mile in 1978, trained by Henry Cecil. She was co-owner of her family’s Someries Stud in Newmarket, which they sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 1990.

In 1987, Myra Butter was instrumental in establishing the Pushkin Prize, a creative writing competition for Scottish schoolchildren, on the 150th anniversary of Alexander’s death. Initially restricted to the Tayside area, it was so successful that in 1992 a charitable trust was set up and the award was extended to all secondary schools in Scotland, as well as English language schools near from the poet’s hometown, St. Petersburg.

In 1998 she was invited to return to Russia for the reburial of the family remains of the last Tsar at the Peter and Paul Fortress in Saint Petersburg; she said the Russian delegation was as interested in her Pushkin ancestry as they were in her Romanov roots. In 2018, she received Pushkin’s medal for her work with the award, but returned it in March 2022 in protest against the invasion of Ukraine.

“I considered the medal such an honor when it came to Scotland in better times,” she said. “However, witnessing the terrible suffering that is unfolding now is unbearable.”

Myra Butter, who was godmother to the Duke of Kent’s daughter Helen, was appointed CVO in 1992 and was administrator of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme. The Queen and Prince Philip both attended her 90th birthday celebrations in 2015.

The Butters had four daughters and one son; Sandra, the eldest, was maid of honor to the Duchess of Kent in 1961; Georgina was a bridesmaid to Princess Alexandra, while Marilyn married the Earl of Dalhousie, Lord Steward of the Household.

Sir David Butter died in 2010 and Myra is survived by their children.

Lady Butter, born March 18, 1925, died July 29, 2022