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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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The Duke of Kent is in Australia!

He watched the women's final match between Maria Sharapova of Russia and Victoria Azarenka of
Belarus during day thirteen of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park today, January 28, 2012.



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Today, January 29, the Duke of Kent was seen watching Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Rafael Nadal
of Spain in their men's finals match during day fourteen of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne
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Caterham Preparatory School gets royal visit | This is Surrey

The royal seal of approval has been given to Caterham School's bicentenary celebrations.

The Duke of Kent made a whistle-stop visit to the school in Harestone Valley Road last Wednesday to the delight of pupils, staff and governors.
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http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/...est_at_new_HQ/

The Queen’s cousin met Andy Kemshall, co-founder of SecurEnvoy, to open the authentication company’s new Merlin House headquarters in Theale.

The Duke of Kent unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion for the multi-million pound business, which has its roots in Basingstoke.
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On April 2nd the Duke of Kent officially opened the new Darlington Campus of Teesside University.



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The Duke of Kent attended a parade at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Berkshire on April 13, 2012,
where Officer cadets were given their commissions to mark the end of their year's training. The parade is the
first in a series of events marking 2012 as the 200th anniversary of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.


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The Windsor’s Other Kate: The Forgotten Model Royal

The Queen was joined by two royals named Kate during the Diamond Jubilee service at St. Paul’s Cathedral earlier this week. Both married into the Royal Family and are known for their style and warmth. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is one of the world’s most famous women and has been credited with boosting the Windsor brand while Katharine, Duchess of Kent, has largely faded from public view but deserves credit for modernizing the monarchy in her own special way.

The Duchess of Kent was once known to the world as the smiling, hugging royal cheering the winners and comforting the losers at Wimbledon. Marrying the Duke of Kent in 1961, Katharine spent more than thirty years as a traditional royal, serving as patron of a variety of worthy causes, heading several military units, and conducting royal visits around the world including representing the Queen at Mother Teresa’s funeral in 1997. To believe most royal observers today, she has become a semi-invalid recluse who rarely ventures beyond her family’s small home inside the gates of Kensington Palace. In fact, while Katharine gave up her place on Centre Court and in the Court Circular in the 1990s, instead of retiring, she embarked on two different careers that tapped her passion for music. First, known simply as Mrs. Kent, Katharine spent more than a decade traveling from London to East Hull in Yorkshire to teach music at a local primary school. While getting on with the nitty-gritty of her classroom work, she saw how low parental expectations, limited financial means and lack of guidance was denying many gifted children the opportunity to achieve higher levels of artistic competence and even careers in music. That is when she took on the daunting role of charitable entrepreneur.

In 2004, the Katharine founded Future Talent to fund, nurture and monitor gifted child musicians whose financial circumstances would otherwise prevent them from fulfilling their artistic potential (Future Talent). From a violinist living in Fife who has been able to take advanced lessons in London to a soprano who has sung in the Houses of Parliament and performed in Norway and Ireland thanks to Future Talent’s support, Katharine and her charity are giving a boost to young musicians all across England, Scotland and Wales. While she no longer seeks the public spotlight, Katharine is far from shy. In fact, get her talking about nurturing the artistic potential of children (Call me Katharine - YouTube) and you will discover an articulate, forthright and driven royal who can speak with Princess Anne’s frankness (Katharine Kent - The Alan Titchmarsh Show - YouTube), convey Prince Charles’s missionary zeal (Powerful Philanthropy Katharine Kent - YouTube), and demonstrate Princess Diana’s empathy (Future Talent on the BBC News Channel 2nd February 2010 - YouTube).

If the extended Royal Family’s absence from the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Diamond Jubilee was anything to go by, the list of public royals will shrink dramatically in the coming years. The Duke of York has struggled to find jobs in the Firm for his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie. They, along with the future younger children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, won’t likely receive many requests from the Palace to open buildings, inspect troops and travel abroad. At the same time, HRHs who try to pursue ordinary money making careers, from Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex’s media and PR companies to Prince Michael of Kent’s ventures with Russian oligarchs, attract controversy that puts the Windsor’s public standing at risk. That is why Katharine Kent is a role model for future generations of royals. She has combined her private talents and public position to get on with a real job, do good, and quietly support the monarchy while avoiding taxing the public purse or generating bad press.

So the next time you notice the Duchess of Kent’s absence at Wimbledon or a major royal occasion, remember, she’s not hiding, she’s working.

Parker Healy is author of “The Forgotten Prince William: The House of Windsor’s First Modern Prince” © 2012 which is sold through ebook sellers: Barnes & Noble (BARNES & NOBLE | The Forgotten Prince William by Parker Healy | NOOK Book (eBook)), Amazon.com (Amazon.com: The Forgotten Prince William: The House of Windsor's First Modern Prince eBook: Parker Healy: Kindle Store) and Amazon.co.uk (bit.ly/J2uy9k).
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Thank you so much for that informative paragraph. I have just finished watching her interview on british tv about the same subject.
So much better than thinking she was retired after all these years.
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Thank you for the post, ForgottenRoyals.
Quite a fascinating insight into the Duchess' life. I had never really known much about her life, but her work with Future Talent is most certainly praiseworthy.
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Great summary of her activities, FR, I've been wondering where Kate Kent has been. I also understand that since she doesn't perform royal duties, she doesn't use the HRH.
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Great summary of her activities, FR, I've been wonder where Kate Kent has been. I also understand that since she doesn't perform royal duties, she doesn't use the HRH.

In her day to day life she doesn't use the HRH but when she does attend something official, such as this weekend the CC will give her the HRH as she is still married to The Duke. So the CC will indicate that HRH The Duchess of Kent attended the Jubilee service but tomorrow when teaching some kids (assuming she dose) she won't use it at all - and that is fine but officially she is HRH The Duchess of Kent. Only divorce can strip her of that title (under the 1996 LPs issued by the Queen to strip Sarah and Diana of the HRH - it applies to all divorced wives of HRHs.).
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I realize that only divorce will strip her of the HRH title which I wasn't referring to, just that she doesn't use it in her professional life.
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In her day to day life she doesn't use the HRH but when she does attend something official, such as this weekend the CC will give her the HRH as she is still married to The Duke. So the CC will indicate that HRH The Duchess of Kent attended the Jubilee service but tomorrow when teaching some kids (assuming she dose) she won't use it at all - and that is fine but officially she is HRH The Duchess of Kent. Only divorce can strip her of that title (under the 1996 LPs issued by the Queen to strip Sarah and Diana of the HRH - it applies to all divorced wives of HRHs.).
She has moved her life forward and wishes to be know as Katherine, Duchess of Kent. She is, informally, separated from the Duke, both fine people, but not at one with one another. She looks sad and faded. She is a wonderful woman.
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She has moved her life forward and wishes to be know as Katherine, Duchess of Kent. She is, informally, separated from the Duke, both fine people, but not at one with one another. She looks sad and faded. She is a wonderful woman.
Katharine, Duchess of Kent certainly isn't "forgotten" by me! She was such a beautiful and radiant woman in earlier years. I feel very sad when I see her now. There has been lots of speculation on her health, some of which she denied in a Hello! magazine interview not so many years ago. She seems a bit out of it and not very happy.
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Yes, I would like to thank ForgottenRoyals for this thread. It was good to see her at yesterday's Thanksgiving Service.

I think Countess is right in say that she and the Duke are informally seperated, although the Duchess said in an interview afew years ago that she still cooks for her husband. I imagine that they have seperate lives in the main, but I do not imagine they will ever divorce.

It was good to see them together arm in arm at St Paul's Cathedral.
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The CC will have to refer her three times - yes three events - over the past weekend:

The Pageant - but on a different vessel to The Duke
The Concert - where she sat with The Duke
The Church Service

It wasn't until I was updating my weekly engagements listing that I found out that she had been in the Pageant - the only event at which all 19 HRHs were present although there were obviously planned to be three such events.

I always enjoy seeing the Duchess.
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She has moved her life forward and wishes to be know as Katherine, Duchess of Kent. She is, informally, separated from the Duke, both fine people, but not at one with one another. She looks sad and faded. She is a wonderful woman.
The Duke and Duchess of Kent are not separated formally or informally. The both live together at Wren House which is a small cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace. She's never released a statement that she wishes to be known as Katherine, Duchess of Kent ( Anyway Katherine is wrong her name is spelt Katharine) Informally she is known as Katharine Kent ( that's how she's listed on the Future Talent website) but formally she still uses The Duchess of Kent. A few years back on the anniversary of Diana's death, she left flowers at the Kensington Palace gate with a card signed The Duchess of Kent.

The deadpan expression is due to a medical condition something like Bell's Palsy, she did state that in an interview she gave publicizing her foundation.
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The Duke of Kent watched Serbia's Novak Djokovic's first round men's singles match against Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero on the first day of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 25, 2012.



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The Duke of Kent on day ten of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2012.



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