'Ocean of grief': Family releases new photos of Iris Goldsmith as inquest opens

19 July 2019, 16:27 | Updated: 19 July 2019, 21:20

The family of Iris Goldsmith have released new photos of the 15-year-old "angel" following her funeral as an inquest opened into her death.

The teenage girl died suddenly last week after reportedly becoming trapped when a vehicle she was riding - said to be similar to a quad bike - overturned at her family's farm in Somerset.

An inquest into her death was opened on Friday with a short hearing at the coroner's court in Taunton.

It comes after a private funeral was held on Wednesday, where Iris' mother, banking heiress Kate Rothschild, spoke of her "ocean of grief" following the loss of her "spectacular" daughter.

In the eulogy at St Mary's Church in Barnes, southwest London, Ms Rothschild said: "I can't possibly begin to explain the ocean of grief we find ourselves in or the feeling of being shattered into a thousand unfindable pieces.

"Yes, Iris was life-giving and free and fun and wild, but she also worked harder than any girl I've ever known and she cared, she cared so much about living her best life.

"She had so many plans and dreams and ambitions and she was willing to put everything she had into reaching them.

"Take every opportunity that is given to you, live life as openly and fully as you possibly can, love like she loved, live like she lived, work like she worked, try like she tried.

"Goodbye, my angel, you were always on a whole other level to the rest of us, now you are truly untouchable, I am so proud of you and I always will be, we will miss you for the rest of time."

Iris was the first child of Ms Rothschild and her former husband, financier Ben Goldsmith, who is the younger brother of Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith and journalist Jemima Khan.

They married in 2003, uniting two of Britain's most wealthy families, but divorced a decade later.

The incident on the family farm near the village of North Brewham, Somerset, is not being treated as suspicious by police.

At the opening of the inquest, senior coroner Tony Williams said: "There is only limited information available to me at present, but I understand she was the driver of a left-hand drive all terrain-type vehicle when it turned over for reasons that are yet to be established, and as a result it is believed she suffered fatal injures."

Mr Williams said pathologist Dr Edwin Cooper had confirmed Iris's cause of death was "not currently ascertained" and a post-mortem report had yet to be compiled.

The inquest was adjourned for an internal case management review by 18 October, with a final inquest hearing expected next year.