Edward, 2nd Duke of Kent

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Edward, Duke of Kent, at a celebration of the Liberation Day of the Channel Islands in 2007 in Jersey

HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Kent , KG , GCMG , GCVO ( Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick , * 9. October 1935 in London , German Edward, Duke of Kent ) is the current Duke of Kent and a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. A Member of the British royal family .


childhood and education

Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick Windsor was born in 1935 to Prince George, 1st Duke of Kent , and his wife, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark . His father was the fourth son of King George V and Queen Mary . His mother was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and granddaughter of King George I of Greece . Edward initially carried the title Prince Edward of Kent and inherited the title of Duke of Kent as the firstborn in 1942, after his father's death in a plane crash . His younger siblings are Princess Alexandra (* 1936) and Prince Michael of Kent (* 1942).

The duke attended Eton College and Institut Le Rosey in Rolle VD / Gstaad ( Switzerland ) before moving to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst . After graduating from Sandhurst, he was promoted to lieutenant with the Royal Scots Grays . His military career spans 21 years. In 1976 he took his leave with the rank of lieutenant colonel . He was promoted to major general on honorary basis in 1983 , and to field marshal in 1993 .

British royal family
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HM The Queen
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

marriage and family

Eduard, Duke of Kent 1989

On June 8, 1961, he married Katharine Worsley , daughter of Sir William Arthrington Worsley, 4th Baronet , whom he had met during his stationing at Catterick . Although the Duchess converted to Catholicism in 1994, the Duke did not lose his place in the list of heirs to the throne , as the Act of Settlement of 1701 provides for such a loss only in the event of marriage to Catholics, but not in the event of a later conversion of the spouse. At the time of the marriage, Katharine Worsley was still a member of the Anglican Church . The official residence of the Duke and his wife is Wren House in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London . However, the two have been going their separate ways privately since the 1980s, although they have never officially separated and continue to appear together on official occasions. In everyday life, the duchess lives in a rented apartment not far from the palace.

The couple has three children who do not perform any representative duties:

  1. George Philip Nicholas Windsor , Earl of St Andrews (born June 26, 1962) has been married to Sylvana Palma Tomaselli (born May 28, 1957 in Placentia, Canada ), history lecturer at the University of Cambridge ,since January 9, 1988. By marrying a Catholic, he initially lost his place in the line of succession , but received it back on March 26, 2015, as the Perth Agreement lifted the disqualification due to marriages with Catholics. The couple has three children:
    1. Edward Edmund Maximilian George Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (born December 2, 1988) is a student of modern languages ​​at the University of Oxford . Since he converted to Catholicism in 2003, he lost his place in the line of succession.
    2. The Lady Marina-Charlotte Alexandra Katharine Helen Windsor (born September 30, 1992 in Cambridge). Since she converted to Catholicism in 2008, she lost her place in the line of succession.
    3. The Lady Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor (born August 24, 1995 in Cambridge). Lady Amelia is behind her father in the line of succession.
  2. Lady Helen Marina Lucy Taylor, née Windsor (born April 28, 1964 in Coppins House, Iver, Buckinghamshire ), representative for the Armani fashion brand , has been with Timothy Verner Taylor (born August 8, 1963 in Buckland Monachorum, since July 18, 1992 , Devon ), art dealer, married. Lady Helen and her children stand in line of succession to their brother and his children. The couple has four children:
    1. Columbus George Donald Taylor (born August 6, 1994)
    2. Cassius Edward Taylor (born December 26, 1996)
    3. Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (born March 2, 2003)
    4. Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (born December 21, 2004)
  3. Lord Nicholas Charles Edward Jonathan Windsor (born July 25, 1970 in London) married since October 19, 2006 to Paola Doimi di Delupis de Frankopan (born August 7, 1969 in London). Since Lord Nicholas converted to Catholicism in 2001, he lost his place in the line of succession. The couple have three children who are also baptized Catholics:
    1. Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor (born September 22, 2007 in London).
    2. Leopold Ernest Augustus Guelph Windsor (born September 8, 2009 in London)
    3. Louis Arthur Nicholas Felix Windsor (born May 27, 2014)


As the cousin of Queen Elizabeth II - his father and the Queen's father were brothers - Edward fulfills a number of representative duties, both as a representative of the Queen and as a representative of selected organizations. He succeeds his mother as President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and patron of the Wimbledon tennis tournament , where he presents the trophies to the winners at the awards ceremony. From 1971 to 2000 he was also President of the Football Association , the English football association. He is the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England of Freemasons . After retiring from the military, he was Vice President of the British Trade International Economic Development Program . He was succeeded in this post by Andrew, Duke of York , the second son of Queen Elizabeth II. Edward continues to be the patron of Trinity College of Music .

Title (style)

Coat of arms of Edward, 2nd Duke of Kent
  • His Royal Highness Prince Edward of Kent (October 9, 1935 - August 25, 1942)
  • His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent (since August 25, 1942)

His full title since then has been: Field Marshal His Royal Highness Prince Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick, Duke of Kent, Earl of Saint Andrews, Baron Downpatrick, Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty

Orders and decorations

year Country Orders / decorations class
1937 United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom King George VI Coronation Medal
1960 United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Royal Victorian Order Knight Grand Cross
1953 United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
1967 United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Order of St. Michael and St. George Knight Grand Cross
1967 United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Order of St. Michael and St. George Principal
1970 United NationsU.N. U.N. United Nations Medal for Cyprus
1977 United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
1985 United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Order of the Garter Royal Knight Companion
1997 PolandPoland Poland Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland Grand Cross
2000 SwedenSweden Sweden Order of Charles XIII Knight
2002 United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
2005 GermanyGermany Germany Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Large cross of merit with star and shoulder ribbon
2012 United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
2015 GermanyGermany Germany Saxon Order of Merit
N / A United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Personal aide-de-camp
N / A First Hellenic RepublicFirst Hellenic Republic Greece Order of Saint George and Saint Constantine 1st Class
N / A NepalNepal Nepal Trishakti Patta Order 1st Class
N / A LiberiaLiberia Liberia Order of the Star of Africa Knight Grand Band
N / A JordanJordan Jordan Order of the Renaissance Grand Cordon
N / A NorwayNorway Norway Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav Grand Cross

Web links

Commons : Prince Edward, Duke of Kent  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ [1] Succession
  2. ^ Online Gotha ( Memento from May 12, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Prime Minister Milbradt presents the Duke of Kent with a high order of merit
  4. Duke of Kent Honored for Reconciliation. www.mdr.de, May 22, 2015, archived from the original on May 22, 2015 ; accessed on March 21, 2018 .
predecessor Office successor
George Duke of Kent
since 1942
current owner of the title