The Duke of Kent Turns Eighty

  October 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm by

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent today celebrates his eightieth birthday. He was born in 1935 as the eldest child of Prince George, Duke of Kent and his wife, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark.

At the age of 7, he became the Duke of Kent when his father was killed in an aeroplane crash. Edward was educated at Ludgrove, Eton College and Le Rosey before attending Sandhurst, from which he graduated in 1955. Edward’s military career lasted for twenty-plus years.

In June 1961, the Duke married Katharine Worsley and the couple went on to have three children: George, Helen and Nicholas (a stillbirth occurred in 1977).

The Duke of Kent, May 2015

The Duke has carried out royal engagements on behalf of his cousin, Queen Elizabeth II, for over five decades. His most well-known patronage is his Presidency of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, a position in which he presents the trophies to the winners of the Wimbledon tennis grand slam each year. He also is involved in a number of military and war remembrance-related organisations.

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