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Sarah Ferguson back in the Firm after Eugenie

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Eugenie’s recent royal wedding appears to have healed the rift between the mother-of-two and the most senior royals – particularly Prince Philip, her former father-in-law.

The official wedding portrait from the much-anticipated nuptials showed the flame-haired 59-year-old pictured alongside the Duke of Edinburgh for the first time in 20 years.

Sarah, Duchess of York, known as Fergie, found herself at the centre of a royal scandal when photos of her getting her toes sucked by her American lover made the national press.

Philip was said to have been so enraged, he said he could not stand to be in the same room as the duchess.

Other signs she could have been welcomed back into the Royal Family is her invite to the Queen’s champagne reception after Eugenie’s wedding.

In the run-up to Eugenie’s Windsor wedding, the Duchess of York also spent her third summer in a row holidaying at the Queen’s Balmoral residence, the very location she was at when news of the toe-sucking scandal broke.

She was also invited to Royal Ascot this year, where she took her place proudly on the Queen’s viewing stand.

Speaking of the time she met the Queen before she and ex-husband Prince Andrew divorced in 1996, she said: “When I met Her Majesty about it, she asked, ‘What do you require, Sarah?’ and I said, ‘Your friendship’, which I think amazed her because everyone said I would demand a big settlement.

“But I wanted to be able to say, ‘Her Majesty is my friend’; not fight her nor have lawyers saying, ‘Look, she is greedy.’ I left my marriage knowing I’d have to work. I have.”

The Duke and Duchess of York, who still remain close friends, most recently putting on a united front at their daughter Eugenie’s wedding on 12 October.

The Mother of the Bride wore a green knee-length dress for the special day, which was by the local Windsor company Emma Louise Design.

She teamed the outfit with a matching wide-brimmed hat and nude heels and a tan coloured Manolo Blahnik bag, which her mother Susan Barrantes had carried at Sarah’s own wedding.