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Old 03-12-2011, 10:06 AM
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Didn't both Duke and his brother, the Prince of Wales, spend some time in Argentina? And wasn't Argentina a 'New World' hotbed for the Germans? I remember reading that somewhere in some material on the Duke of Windsor (then PofW).
It's hard for me to think of the Duke of Kent as being a traitor (and of course, nothing is proven and we're speculating all around on all accounts)... especially given the duties and public appearances Princess Marina undertook...... and the selfless duty his daughter now gives to her country.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:40 AM
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Carolina, no the Duke of Kent wasn't a traitor of his country. He never was. His wife undertook duties without a salary or pension, how could they have been traitors since they appeared so devoted to the monarchy and to Britain and so selfless, like you emphasized before?
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:00 PM
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Duke of Kent video

I stumbled across this YouTube video on the life of the Duke of Kent.
The video is largely comprised of still photographs plus a bit of film footage.
It goes for just under 5 minutes, is accompanied by relaxing music, and is a pleasant way to spend some time.

Double click to view it in large size in YouTube.

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Old 06-09-2011, 06:37 PM
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My dear Warren,

Thank you for posting the video clip. Lots of interesting photographs. He and Marina certainly looked very happy together. Such a shame he was killed so young.
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:47 PM
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Marina was looked like a snob but Im not going to believe that because that might be someone trying to make her look bad.Does anyone have quotes or proof that she was a snob?
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:48 PM
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Marina was looked like a snob but Im not going to believe that because that might be someone trying to make her look bad.Does anyone have quotes or proof that she was a snob?
Marina was born into a royal family and to a mother who took her royal status very seriously. I am referring to Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna. Marina was the last foreign-born princess, not counting Prince Philip (I should say foreign born royal, not princess but you get my drift), to marry into the British royal family. She allegedly commented that her sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who became Queen Consort to George VI, and Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, were just "common Scotch girls." This may have given rise to an opinion that she was a royal snob.
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Old 07-04-2011, 06:57 AM
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And from what one reads of her, she, as a "double" royal would have found it galling to be expected to curtsey to one who had only attained royal status through marriage, also it must be remembered that the Russians were Imperials and the Windsors merely Royals!!!
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:55 PM
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He died in an air crash while on duty, after all.


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no the Duke of Kent wasn't a traitor of his country. He never was.
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:02 AM
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I don't know how George could be considered the best looking of the brothers. Prince Albert (George VI) was the best looking imo. Marina looks like a prettier and better looking Wallis Simpson, especially considering how they both were apparently so glamourous.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:12 PM
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I guess that's rather subjective, but to me Georgie is the most handsome as well. Very tall and well-proportioned, charismatic (more visible in footage than in pictures), a handsome face and always stylish dressed. I think he has been the most glamorous male member of the Windsors so far. It's also said, and from what I've seen and read it certainly appears that way, that he was the most intelligent of the brothers.

Sure, Bertie was a handsome man, but to me he had the charisma and sex-appeal of a potato.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:57 PM
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Just have learned about new Tv drama " Upstairs Downstairs" , that is the biographical movie about the Duke of Kent, King George VI's youngest and apparently most glamorous brother.
Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | Express Yourself :: Upstairs life of a royal rogue
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Hello! Questions about Prince George, Duke of Kent...

I love this forum and it seems very informative and informational.

I recently started doing research into British royal history. I've been reading a lot about 20th century royalty, mostly in Europe, but I want to do more research on royalty period. I'm so fascinated by royalty, how things work, the drama, the romances, the family divisions, the sex!!!!! My coworker and I was having a good convo about royalty last night, and I was telling her about the house of Windsor in the early 20th century (right around World War I and World World II). I'm really fascinated by all the royalty in Europe, but I've been doing more research into the house of Windsor. I read about the Edward VIII turning down the crown to be with partner Wallis Simpson and how it cause a crisis in the royal house, and how George VI had to take the crown and how he wasn't sure how good of a king he would be because of his limitations. Its really something to read about how the royals, both past and present, have struggled with the same thing that most non royal people have struggled with in there everyday life. However I'm really fascinated by there brother Prince George, Duke of Kent. I've read some postings about him on here, and how he turned out a bit different than his older brothers. I've heard some of the rumors about him, about his sexuality, drug use, how he ended up getting married and having children and living somewhat of a normal life, then ended up dying in action in World War 2. Some of the questions that I have about him:

Is it confirmed that he had same sex relationships because of letters that he wrote? This is the only way that I could think of someone's sexuality being confirmed during this time is through letters that were written by them, not hearsay or gossip, since everything was VERY secretive back then. Also, with his drug use, was this something that was confirmed through letters also? Since everything was so hidden back then, how do people know now?
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Is it confirmed that he had same sex relationships because of letters that he wrote? This is the only way that I could think of someone's sexuality being confirmed during this time is through letters that were written by them, not hearsay or gossip, since everything was VERY secretive back then. Also, with his drug use, was this something that was confirmed through letters also? Since everything was so hidden back then, how do people know now?
We don't know anything about George as 100%, it is all an assumption. It is most likely that he has affairs with both men and women, it is also likely he took drugs. But nobody can confirm or deny, even his letters are debatable.
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:11 AM
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We don't know anything about George as 100%, it is all an assumption. It is most likely that he has affairs with both men and women, it is also likely he took drugs. But nobody can confirm or deny, even his letters are debatable.
I'm sorry but this is a rather negligent comment in its totality. Neither Prince George's homosexual relationships nor his drug use are assumptions whatsoever.
I recommend the biography of Noel Coward by Philip Hoare, the Cecil Beaton biography by Hugo Vickers, Dennis Friedman's 'Inheritance' and the Windsor chronicle ‘Dynasty’ by Donald Spoto (as well as the topic ‘Gay Royalty’ here) for further reference.


It’s also partly a misconception that the topics were more secretive in general in the 1920s and 30s than they are now; for the general public yes, but not within the inner circle of the privileged whose members were able to lead their lives actually more freely than at present as they could be certain that the press would never write about certain things that were common knowledge.
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:31 AM
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I'm sorry but this is a rather negligent comment in its totality. Neither Prince George's homosexual relationships nor his drug use are assumptions whatsoever.
I recommend the biography of Noel Coward by Philip Hoare, the Cecil Beaton biography by Hugo Vickers, Dennis Friedman's 'Inheritance' and the Windsor chronicle ‘Dynasty’ by Donald Spoto (as well as the topic ‘Gay Royalty’ here) for further reference.
Actually it isn't thank you very much, nobody can confirm or deny the rumours that they are. Books don't mean anything, people can write what they like when they want to, particularly the one of Noel Coward who was confirmed by his long term partner not to have any involvement other than a friendship with The Duke.

I'm of the belief that if it doesn't come from the horses mouth, it isn't true.
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:41 AM
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Actually it isn't thank you very much, nobody can confirm or deny the rumours that they are. Books don't mean anything, people can write what they like when they want to, particularly the one of Noel Coward who was confirmed by his long term partner not to have any involvement other than a friendship with The Duke.

I'm of the belief that if it doesn't come from the horses mouth, it isn't true.
This strikes me a rather short-sighted approach towards history in general and legitimate biographies in particular...
IMHO dismissing references and sources without even having checked them simply adds up to being opinionated instead of forming one's own opinion solidly based on gathering information.
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I've read Dynasty and the Cecil Beaton biog, and the Gay Royalty Thread. It is still my opinion that unless a book comes from the 'horses' mouth it is all just words. The same goes for the constant news articles, wikipedia pages etc. Everyone looks at history differently.
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It is still my opinion that unless a book comes from the 'horses' mouth it is all just words. The same goes for the constant news articles, wikipedia pages etc. Everyone looks at history differently.

What would constitute "the horse's mouth" in this context?
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Is there any video with Prince George talking? Any audio? I know theres audio of George VI and Edward VIII talking.
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