Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

Grandson of George V
Born Oct 9, 1935

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO, is a member of the British Royal Family, a grandchild of King George V. He has held the title of Duke of Kent since 1942. The Duke of Kent carries out royal duties on behalf of his first cousin, Queen Elizabeth II. He is perhaps best known as President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, presenting the trophies to the Wimbledon champion and runner-up. He also served as the United Kingdom's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, retiring in 2001. He is also the President of the Scout Association, the President of the Royal United Services Institute, the President of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the Grand Master of the Freemasons in England & Wales (since 1967). At the time of his birth, Prince Edward was 7th in the line of succession to his grandfather King George V, behind his 3 uncles, his cousins Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, and his father. As of the birth of Isla Phillips in 2012, he is in 29th position. As of the death of the 7th Earl of Harewood in 2011, he is the Queen's eldest living paternal cousin, though he is 9 years younger than the Queen herself.… Read More

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He was baptised in the Private Chapel of Buckingham Palace on 20 November 1935 by the Archbishop of Canterbury Cosmo Lang. … Read More
1942 6 Years Old On 25 August 1942, Prince Edward's father, the Duke of Kent, was killed when his plane crashed in bad weather in Caithness. … Read More


1952 16 Years Old As a member of the royal family, he began performing engagements at an early age. At the age of 16, he walked behind the coffin of his uncle, George VI, at his state funeral in 1952.
1953 17 Years Old In 1953, he attended the coronation of his cousin, Elizabeth II, paying homage at her throne after her crowning (following the Dukes of Edinburgh and Gloucester).
1955 19 Years Old The Duke of Kent graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 29 July 1955 as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Scots Greys, the beginning of a military career that would last over 20 years.


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The Duke of Kent married Katharine Worsley at York Minster on 8 June 1961. … Read More
1962 26 Years Old The Duke of Kent saw service in Hong Kong from 1962–63 and later served on the staff in Eastern Command.


1967 31 Years Old He was promoted to Major on 31 December 1967.
1970 34 Years Old Later in 1970, the Duke commanded a squadron of his regiment serving in the British Sovereign Base Area in Cyprus, part of the UN force enforcing peace between the Greek and Turkish halves of the island. … Read More
1973 37 Years Old He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel on 30 June 1973.


1976 40 Years Old The Duke retired from the Army on 15 April 1976.
1983 47 Years Old He was subsequently promoted Major-General on 11 June 1983 and Field Marshal on 11 June 1993.


1994 58 Years Old His wife converted to Catholicism in 1994. … Read More


The couple's son, Nicholas, also converted to Catholicism following his mother's example and he remains excluded from the line of succession in accordance with the Succession to the Crown Act 2013. … Read More
2015 79 Years Old …  As of the birth of the Duke of Cambridge's second child, the Queen's fifth great-grandchild, on 2 May 2015, the Duke of Kent was 34th in line. … Read More
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