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Old 10-12-2009, 03:29 PM
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Things happened but it was nobody's business.
Marina was actually getting a good deal, the Greek throne was rather unstable. England was.
I think it was a good thing for the both of them and they made it work.
IMO, this is actually quite a perfect summary.
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:50 AM
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His exclusive/private circles might have been more than understanding with these affairs but I was referring to the people who knew and held different views.

Unlike you, Boris, I'm someone who thinks more than one extramarital affair is one too many. And I was referring to affairs from both of his sexual preferences.

Again, these materials you've read are not her words from interviews or biography written by her. If the royals were exclusive and private people then who knows what really went on in their daily lives...unlike today where their most frivolous news/activities are known to us by the media.

I'm willing to keep an open mind about this royal couple's "unconventional" relationship since I'm not fully informed in depth about it, but I will come to my own conclusion in my own time. I have a lot to catch up on George/Marina and many more of my favorite royals. It was the primary reason why I joined The Royal Forums.

Difference is what makes us interesting and in that sense, I hope The Royal Forums is liberal enough to hold diverse views on different topics, provided they're expressed politely.
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:18 AM
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Difference is what makes us interesting and in that sense, I hope The Royal Forums is liberal enough to hold diverse views on different topics, provided they're expressed politely.
Well said .

Now, since we established that the duke had interest in men and women and that his wife knew about it, I suggest we can stop the discussion about wider issues like extra marital affairs and focus on the topic of this thread, which is the actual wedding.

More information about the prince George and princess Marina can be found in this thread at the British forum.
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:08 PM
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Honeymoon photos

In Princess Alice's memoir, she wrote that the Kents' honeymoon was so extravagant that she and Prince Henry were advised to keep theirs modest. Does anyone have information about or photos of the Kents' honeymoon? Thanks.
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:44 PM
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Princess Nicholas (bride's mother) and Queen Mary arriving at St. James Palace to inspect wedding presents
http://www.topfoto.co.uk/FotoWeb/FWb...95D0AB37323E16
The couple waving from the balcony
http://www.topfoto.co.uk/FotoWeb/FWb...AE19E85B5AF85D
The couple leaving for their honeymoon
http://www.topfoto.co.uk/FotoWeb/FWb...AE19E85B5AF85D
Princess Marina on her way to England for her wedding to the Duke of Kent
http://www.topfoto.co.uk/FotoWeb/FWb...AE19E85B5AF85D
The couple leaving for Buckingham Palace after their wedding
http://www.topfoto.co.uk/FotoWeb/FWb...AE19E85B5AF85D
Princess Irene of Greece (bridesmaid) and Princess Helen of Romania in London for the couple's wedding
http://www.topfoto.co.uk/FotoWeb/FWb...AE19E85B5AF85D
Princess Marina's bouquet, made with Madonna Lilies and myrtle grown at Windsor
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Princess Juliana arrives in London for the couple's wedding
http://www.topfoto.co.uk/FotoWeb/FWb...AE19E85B5AF85D
Couple's marriage certificate
http://www.topfoto.co.uk/FotoWeb/FWb...AE19E85B5AF85D
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Awesome photos! Why are there so many signatures on the marriage certificate? Pardon my ignorance!
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It's a "royal" marriage certificate and all the royal relatives signed, even the then eight year-old Princess Elizabeth (along with her mother).
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It's a "royal" marriage certificate and all the royal relatives signed, even the then eight year-old Princess Elizabeth (along with her mother).
I don't see Princess Elizabeth's signature. I only see her mother's.
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under Paul, Prince Regent of Yugoslavia and next to Olga - dead centre, three up from the bottom.
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Thanks, I saw it. But, I thought that was Princess Elizabeth of Greece, Marina's sister's signature. From what I can make out, it looks like an adult's signature not the signature of an eight year old.
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Could be, but the 'E' is the same as she signs her name today [but followed by 'R'] so I assumed it was her.
You're more than likely correct; on second thoughts I'd imagine that at that age Princess Elizabeth of York would sign as 'Lilibet'.
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The "Elizabeth" in question must belong to Princess ELizabeth of Greece I think on the basis that the lower stroke of the E is carried on to form the underline for the rest of the letters (LIke the E of Edward VIII) and our Princess Elizabeth has never done that even when she was young.
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That dress looked lovely on Princess Marina but personally I feel that a fuller skirt might have looked better.
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The two terms 'unconventional' and 'privacy' would warrant just about any affairs...oh, those were different times.....hhmmm....

I thought marriage was based on TRUST and when your spouse starts fooling around with someone else he/she is breaking the trust, and I don't see how one can be happy knowing that or am I sooooooo narrow minded. Am I to welcome my husband with a happy smile when he returns home after sleeping with another woman? I don't think so....but many here seem willing to understand as long as there's an aggreement of some sort and happy.

Are such comments made because it's someone else's life and NOT mine??
As others have stated, a lot of royal marriages were of convenience, not mainly about "love." I'm sure that "love" came to some of the unions, but not all. These women were more or less bound to marriage. They may or may not have been "happy," but they knew their duty. We may not, in our modern times, agree with duty before love, but this was the case with royals, nobility and commoners in earlier days...women needed husbands.

The dress was gorgeous and very avant garde...slinky! Indeed.
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As others have stated, a lot of royal marriages were of convenience, not mainly about "love." I'm sure that "love" came to some of the unions, but not all. These women were more or less bound to marriage. They may or may not have been "happy," but they knew their duty. We may not, in our modern times, agree with duty before love, but this was the case with royals, nobility and commoners in earlier days...women needed husbands.
Indeed Kitty. And in Marina's case, she was very lucky to snatch Prince George. The Greek Royal Family had been exiled and deposed many times they were in chaos. The BRF represented stability. It was a good match. Not necessarily a love match though a good match nonetheless.
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You are right, Russo. She received stability. They received a princess, many thought to be beautiful. I cannot see it myself. I have looked at dozens of pictures of her and her smile was crooked and she was okay, but, IMO never beautiful.
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I disagree. It was Prince George who was lucky in landing Princess Marina, an accomplished and cosmopolitan woman, with great beauty and charm. Princess Ingrid of Sweden gave the playboy prince the brush off when he went a courting on the orders of his parents. King George V and Queen Mary were nortoriously stingy with their financial support of the couple. The then Duchess of York was, to put it frankly, envious of the Greek princess. In her widowhood, The Duchess of Kent kept her dignity and has passed it on to her children. Lets face it, they are the only royals to have any style and real commitment to public service. I believe all this condescending speculation about the late Duke and Duchess of Kent's marriage is exactly that.
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You are right, Russo. She received stability. They received a princess, many thought to be beautiful. I cannot see it myself. I have looked at dozens of pictures of her and her smile was crooked and she was okay, but, IMO never beautiful.
She was certainly very stylish and showed it to advantage. Like this picture.
http://images.npg.org.uk/790_500/8/8/mw18388.jpg

Some people like Marina could do that.

(Russo looks like crap however you photgraph her. HA! )
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She was stylish, beautiful, no. George was strange, to say the least. How their marriage went, behind closed doors, who knows. Some may say she had dignity and yes, she did, but she was also a snob. She told her children they were "more royal" than Elizabeth II, because her mother was a commoner. How does one know how envious the queen mother was of the Greek princess, any more than we know that the Kent marriage was one way or the other. Supposition.
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Wasn't the quote along the lines of "I have more Royalty in my blood than those Scotch Girls." ??
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