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The Duke and Duchess of Kent: a brief history
« on: October 16, 2015, 07:48:42 PM »
The Duke and Duchess of Kent: a brief history
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In this piece, we take a brief look at The Duke and The Duchess of Kent.

Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick was born in 1935, the first born of Prince George, and Princess Marina, daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece; this makes The Duke first cousin to both The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

His siblings are Prince Michael of Kent, and Princess Alexandra, Lady Ogilvy. He has held the Dukedom of Kent since his father died in a flying accident on active service in 1942, at the age of just 6; Prince George’s death was the first member of the Royal Family to die whilst in active service for 500 years.

Edward attended Ludlow Preparatory School, the same school Prince Harry attended. He then went on to Eton, and Le Rosey, an international boarding school in Switzerland. Later, he went on to Sandhurst, where he won the Sir James Moncrieff Grierson prize for foreign languages, qualifying as a French interpreter.

Katharine, was born in 1933, the youngest child and only daughter of Sir William Worsley, and grew up near York at the Worsley family home, which has been the family seat for centuries. She studied music at Oxford, having been a talented child learning the piano, violin and organ, which she continues to play today.

Prince Edward met Katharine while stationed near Richmond in 1956; the couple got engaged in 1961, and they married in York Minster, with Princess Anne one of Katharine’s bridesmaids. The couple live at Wren Cottage, Kensington Palace, and have three children: George, Earl of St Andrews, Lady Helen Taylor, Lord Nicholas Windsor, born in 1962, 1964 and 1970 respectively. None of their children, nor their eight grandchildren, carry out official duties.
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Re: The Duke and Duchess of Kent: a brief history
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2015, 06:55:54 PM »
It was big love, an opposition from his royal mother Princess and also miscarriage after which embraced Roman Catholic faith. She is first RC in modern RF history.
 

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Re: The Duke and Duchess of Kent: a brief history
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2015, 06:47:39 AM »
The Duke and Duchess of Kent followed the tradition established by Princess Marina of officiating at the prizegiving at the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament each year.

 


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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2016, 06:59:43 AM »
                                The Demise of Princess Marina   
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 06:20:30 AM »
Princess Marina with her children in 1948   
Duchess Of Kent's Children (1948) - YouTube

 

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Re: The Duke and Duchess of Kent: a brief history
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 08:34:14 AM »
The Duke of Kent's death in the latter part of the war changed Marina and her children's lives irrevocably. Those three children grew up fatherless, Michael couldn't even remember him. Marina suffered financial difficulties. A tragedy, really.
 

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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2017, 10:57:17 AM »
Sad but no worse than many families who lost people in the war.  They were better off than most
 


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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2017, 11:13:56 AM »
I don't think that being a member of the BRF (and a pretty financially poor member at that) compensates for widowhood at a young age and bringing up three young children without a father.
 

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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2017, 12:26:37 PM »
There were lots of war widows, who were much poorer....Nothing compensates for the loss of a loved partner as I know too well but there were sadly many trageidies from the war...
 

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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2017, 06:13:25 AM »
Princess Marina and Prince George spoke to Movietone.   
  Prince George and Princess Marina Talk To Movietone - 1934 - YouTube

 

 

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