His full name is Prince Edward (Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick; born on October 9, 1935); he is now the Duke of Kent and a member of the Royal Family of the United Kingdom.
Through their dads, Prince George, Duke of Kent, and King George VI, he is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to being a second cousin once removed to Prince Charles, Edward’s mother, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, was also a first cousin of the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Since the death of his father in an aircraft crash in 1942, Prince Edward has held the title of Duke of Kent, which he has held since the age of six. In addition to his royal duties, Edward is actively involved in more than 140 non-profit organizations. President of All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, he presented trophies to Wimbledon champion and runner-up.
He served as the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment until his retirement in 2001. As Grand Master of United Grand Lodge of England since 1967, he has served as president of The Scout Association, Royal United Services Institute, and Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Among the causes, he devotes most of his time and energy to are war commemoration, the advancement of British industry, and technology.
At No. 3 Belgravia Square in London, the Duke and Duchess of Kent gave birth on 9 October 1935 to Prince Edward. Sir John Simon, the Home Secretary, was there to confirm the birth.
His father, George V, and Queen Mary’s fourth son were named after him. Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia were the parents of his mother. On November 20, 1935, Archbishop of Canterbury Cosmo Lang baptized him at the Private Chapel of Buckingham Palace.
He had the Duke and Duchess of Argyll as godparents, along with George V, Queen Mary, and Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark, as well as the Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, and the Duke and Duchess of Strathearn.
Preparatory school Ludgrove was followed by Eton and Le Rosey preparatory schools in Switzerland, where Prince Edward was educated.
As soon as he graduated from high school, he enrolled at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he was awarded the Sir James Moncrieff Grierson Award for foreign language proficiency. In the words of his younger brother, Prince Michael of Kent, Edward was nurtured in a household where his mother and aunts spoke French as a matter of preference.
The Duke of Kent, Prince Edward’s father, was killed in an aircraft crash in Caithness, Scotland, on August 25, 1942. Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Earl of St Andrews, and Baron Downpatrick, were crowned at the tender age of six.
Prince Edward began performing engagements as a child since he was a member of the royal family. During his uncle George VI’s state burial in 1952, he was just 16 years old and walked behind his uncle’s coffin. Before his cousin Elizabeth II‘s coronation in 1953, he was third in line behind the dukes of Edinburgh and Gloucester to pay tribute to her throne.
On March 18, 2013, the Duke of Edinburgh had a minor stroke. He was sent to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in April 2015 after sustaining a hip injury.
Lord Kent and Lady Worsley married in York Minster on June 8, 1961, in honor of Sir William Arthrington Worsley’s sole child with their second wife Joyce Morgan Brunner. In 1994, she converted to Roman Catholicism, although the Act of Settlement 1701 only applied if the spouse was a Catholic at the time of marriage. As a result, the Duke did not lose his place in the line of succession.
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