Who Is The Duke of Kent And Why Did He Join The Queen At Her Birthday Parade?

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Who Is The Duke of Kent And Why Did He Join The Queen At Her Birthday Parade?

The Duke of Kent was
also by Her Majesty’s side for the parade in the Castle’s Quadrangle in his
role as Colonel of the Scots Guards – the Queen’s Colour of F Company
Scots Guards trooped at this year’s parade.

Upon the return of the
Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and the Guards, the Queen took the salute
from the balcony of Buckingham Palace with the Duke, Prince Edward. The royal
is the Queen’s first cousin through their fathers, Prince George, Duke of Kent
and King George VI.

The 85-year-old was born on 9
October 1935 in London as the eldest child of the late Prince George and
Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Prince Edward also has two younger
siblings, Princess Alexandra, 84, and Prince Michael of Kent, 78.

He has held the title of Duke
of Kent since the age of six, after the death of his father in a plane crash in
1942.

Edward
married Katharine Worsley on 8 June 1961 at York Minster with the bride wearing
a wedding dress designed by John Cavanagh, which was made of 237 yards of
French-made diaphanous white silk gauze and featured a 15-foot double train.
Katharine’s white tulle veil was secured with the Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe
Tiara.

The Queen and the late Duke
of Edinburgh’s daughter, Princess Anne, was also given a starring role as
a bridesmaid at the nuptials.

The Duke and Duchess of Kent pictured in 2013

The Duke and Duchess of Kent pictured in 2013

Prince Edward and Katharine
have three children, George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, Lady Helen Taylor and
Lord Nicholas Windsor, born in 1962, 1964 and 1970 respectively.

The couple, who split their
time living between Wren House Kensington Palace and Oxfordshire, also have ten
grandchildren.

Edward, who is 40th in line to
the throne, carries out engagements on behalf of the Queen and is involved with
over 140 charitable organizations.

 

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