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Old 09-30-2011, 06:26 PM
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I do have quite a soft spot for the Duchess of Kent. I do find her choice of choosing to not use her HRH title or her choice to not be referred to as Your Royal Highness of the Duchess of Kent annoying, she does however intrigue me. (I have read she prefers to be Katharine, Duchess of Kent as opposed to The Duchess of Kent...) Ever since I read she and Prince Edward experienced a stillbirth I have a lot more compassion toward her. She goes about her daily life, whether it be teaching etc., with very little complaints and she obviously enjoys what she does. I guess it is refreshing that she is not using her Royal status as PR.

I watched her interview on the Alan Titchmarsh Show this evening and I am still intrigued about this woman. She is very private and I also find that refreshing within the Royal Family. One does know very much about Katharine, and I believe that is the way she likes it.
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:00 PM
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Completely agree,the Duchess is really kind and admirable member of the extended royal family,who doesn't have the fear or prejudice to express her sincerest feelings in a very human and spontaneous.I do respect her very much and I do think that religion and her care about others helped her to get from depression and even strenghthened more her bright personality.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:59 PM
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This is intriguing. It suggests that she wants to be thought of as a widow or a divorcee. Perhaps it's another hint that her marriage is over in all but name.

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Very happy for the Duchess that she is able to share her love of music with children.
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Old 10-01-2011, 08:34 AM
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This is intriguing. It suggests that she wants to be thought of as a widow or a divorcee. Perhaps it's another hint that her marriage is over in all but name.
I also remember reading somewhere that Prince Edward and Katharine had wanted to get divorced but were not allowed to do so. I may be very wrong in saying that though.
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Perhaps after the still birth of her last child, the emotional issues that resulted, and her religious conversion she simply found it easier when withdrawing from public life not to have the bother of the HRH when she wanted a simpler life. It may say nothing about the private status of her marriage and more about how she knew people reacted to an HRH the Duchess of Kent as opposed to simply Kathernie Kent or even Katherine Duchess of Kent.
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I watched her interview on the Alan Titchmarsh Show this evening and I am still intrigued about this woman. She is very private and I also find that refreshing within the Royal Family. One does know very much about Katharine, and I believe that is the way she likes it.
I tried searching the Web site for the Alan Titchmarsh Show to see if it was available on replay. It doesn't look like it is (not to mention I'm unable to view any, because I'm outside the UK.) I checked YouTube and sadly, it's not there either. Any hope that you have a link, Molly?
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I can understand her using "Katherine Kent" and not using her HRH if she wanted a simpler, less grand life; but it's the form "Katherine Duchess of Kent" that I find intriguing, because anyone who heard of it in her circle would know what it means--or for that matter anyone who's familiar with how British titles work.


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It may say nothing about the private status of her marriage and more about how she knew people reacted to an HRH the Duchess of Kent as opposed to simply Kathernie Kent or even Katherine Duchess of Kent.
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It is a good read but I am surprised that it is making the news now. She had already done tv interviews about teaching in Hull and about her charity so this is not exactly new information.
Good PR for a new interview I guess.
And most of all good PR for her projects! That's always a good thing, IMO.

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This is intriguing. It suggests that she wants to be thought of as a widow or a divorcee. Perhaps it's another hint that her marriage is over in all but name.
I'm not an expert when it comes to their marriage, but I've always been under the impression that they are seperated. I might be wrong, but, apart from Will's & Kate's wedding, it's been ages that I've seen the Duke and Duchess together at an event.

I would love to watch the interview, too. The Duchess seems a lovely woman through and through.
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I tried searching the Web site for the Alan Titchmarsh Show to see if it was available on replay. It doesn't look like it is (not to mention I'm unable to view any, because I'm outside the UK.) I checked YouTube and sadly, it's not there either. Any hope that you have a link, Molly?
I am sorry but I watched it on ITVplayer, which is the British website which the show is produced by. I have no idea how to view it outside the UK.

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I'm not an expert when it comes to their marriage, but I've always been under the impression that they are seperated. I might be wrong, but, apart from Will's & Kate's wedding, it's been ages that I've seen the Duke and Duchess together at an event.
I had thought they were seperated, just not officially because as I said previously, I read that Prince Edward and Katharine had wished to seperate but were not allowed to do so. (I am unsure why they would not be allowed to do so, perhaps because of Katharine's Catholic views?) Katharine, I don't think, performs many Public duties on behalf of the Queen and like you said she and the Duke are rarely seen together, except at big state events (weddings, funerals etc.) I imagine we wont see her until the Diamond Jubilee celebrations next year.

I do really like Katharine though as she is so enthusiastic about young children learning music and the arts. It's lovely to witness her enthusiasm towards her passion.
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I remember a story a few years ago that said that The Queen had laid down a rule of "no more divorces" because of all the bad PR her family had during the 90s. This news came out a few years into the 2000s, and some wondered at the time if it was Edward and Sophie who were having trouble. Others suggested that it was the Duke and Duchess of Kent. I don't know, though, whether the story ever was verified or whether it was a tabloid rumour.


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Anyway,at their quite old age,it seemed to me(from the photos) the Duke and his wife are getting along quite well,despite of all the difficulties and rumours behind.I think he would never forget his love for young and very charming duchess,as she was at the beginning of their married life,from their marriage photos I do believe at the times they were a young and very much in love couple.Now they have 3 adult children and a lot of grandchildren,who surely give them a lot of joy.
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I believe they are technically separated but not legally so (i.e. no official paperwork has been made to dissolve the marriage).

You do see the Duchess at least once year (Trooping of the Colour) Thats when the Kent family is out en masse. You also see all of the grandchildren. Other than that its the special occasions, weddings, memorials, etc. Although to be honest, we don't' know what they do in their private life. At William and Catherine's wedding, they seem to interact a little more publicly.

They were always one of my favorite royal couples....I know the Duchess had some personal issues (besides the miscarriages and depression some say that she really did not enjoy royal life), and I had hoped that the love that brought them together in the beginning (if you saw old pics and how they looked at each other) would someone how find its way back to teach other....but as long as they are both happy.
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I remember those pictures, Zonk. Katharine with flowing blond hair, daughter of country gentry, in a ladylike skirt and simple blouse and with her whole heart in her face, looking at her future husband. He, with a quiet and small smile, but with his whole person leaning toward her. They were about 4 feet apart but they were completely together.
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Very nice words that precisely described the love of the couple at an early stage!I believe the love could be seen from a mile(like in their case),as well as the lack of love or affection in case of other royal couples.
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Thank you for the new links, I always follow the Duke & Duchess of Kent. A couple I admire much .
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Mill visited by member of the royal family - Bedfordshire - Biggleswade Today
HRH The Duke of Kent toured Stotfold Watermill and nature reserve on Tuesday, October 25, in the company of Sir Samuel Whitbread, Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire.They were met by John Saunders, chair of the trustees of the Mill Preservation Trust and Brian Collier, the mayor of Stotfold.
The Duke of Kent was given a guided tour and each area was explained by a volunteer specialist.
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He signed the visitor book and was given a painting by local artist, Geoff Hoile, showing the old derelict building and the new mill risen from the ashes.
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Duke of Kent's pride over royal role in British Raj | Mail Online
Normally he is the quiet man of the Royal Family.
When he does make speeches the Duke of Kent’s words are pleasant, polite and usually full of platitudes.
But in a rare public defence of royal history, the Duke has delivered a stern rebuke to the administrators of the British Empire and paid a fulsome tribute to the Royal Family’s progressive stance a century ago.
‘I am proud to say that my family and its relationship with India was the most enlightened in the British establishment of those days,’ the Duke declared.
‘And my grandfather, George V, [was] perhaps most enlightened of all.’
The Queen’s first cousin was opening a photographic exhibition this week to mark the 100th anniversary of arguably the greatest royal pageant of all time, the Delhi Durbar of 1911.
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