Princess Kent
Wife of Prince Michael of Kent
Princess Kent
Princess Michael of Kent is an Austrian-Hungarian member of the British Royal Family. She is married to Prince Michael of Kent, who is a grandson of King George V. Princess Michael is an interior designer and author, having published several books on the royal families of Europe. She also undertakes lecture tours, and supports her husband in his public work.
Biography
Princess Michael of Kent's personal information overview.
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News
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Will Princess Pushy help solve the shooting of her toyboy tycoon? Family of murdered Russian oligarch plea with British Royal to help bring his killers to justice
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Furniture magnate Mikhail Kravchenko, 46, was shot dead in 2012 after he was photographed walking hand-in-hand with Princess Michael of Kent during a romantic weekend in Venice.
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<i>The Queen Of Four Kingdoms</i>, an Excerpt
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The following is an excerpt from the historical novel The Queen Of Four Kingdoms, published in the UK in October by Constable. This factually true story, set in 15th century France, grew into a thrilling saga of love and hate, war and peace, medieval tournaments combining chivalry and treachery -- all within the royal court of the king and the family of Anjou. It encompasses England's King Henry V's invasion and his victory over the French at the Battle of Agincourt; the tragic story of Joan of Arc; and the interwoven lives of the children, including the young, future king among other cousins, brought up by an astonishing great lady, Yolande, Duchess of Anjou. Yolande, the Queen of the title, was the only child of the King of Aragon and married a cousin of the King of France. As a French sovereign duchess, it is she who masterminds the young King of France, her son-in-law. She who keeps his wavering dukes loyal through the most devious means. It is she who rids the French court o ...
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Lord Freddie Windsor, Wife Sophie Winkleman Welcome Baby Girl Maud
US Magazine - over 3 years
Another royal baby has arrived! Lord Freddie Windsor and wife Sophie Winkleman welcomed their first child, a baby girl, in L.A. on Thursday, Aug. 15. PHOTOS: Meet Kate Middleton and Prince William's son Prince George! The royal British couple's daughter weighed 7 lbs. at birth, and was named Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina. She is 42nd in line to the throne. PHOTOS: Royal family baby photos Windsor, 34, and actress Winkleman, 33, wed at Hampton Court Palace in London in September 2009. According to The Daily Mail, the couple is currently living in L.A. while Winkleman, who has appeared on Two and A Half Men, pursues her acting career and Windsor works as a financial analyst. PHOTOS: Royal family tree Baby Maud is the first granddaughter for Windsor's parents, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. A source close to the new grandparents tells Us Weekly "they're thrilled" and "can't wait to visit baby Maud next week." This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: L ...
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Prince and Princess Michael of Kent brave wet weather to enjoy dinner at one of Pippa Middleton's favourite haunts
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Torrential rain and high winds won't get in the way of a Royal night out. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent braved the wintry weather to visit LouLou's Restaurant in London's Mayfair.
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Selected Guest List for the Wedding Service at Westminster Abbey
Official Royal Wedding 2011 - almost 6 years
The following are all confirmed attendees at the Royal Wedding as of 23rd April 2011. Members of the British Royal Family The Queen The Duke of Edinburgh The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Prince Henry of Wales The Duke of York Princess Beatrice of York Princess Eugenie of York The Earl and Countess of Wessex The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence Mr. and Mrs. Peter Phillips Miss Zara Phillips with Mr. Mike Tindall Viscount Linley and Viscountess Linley And The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones The Lady Sarah Chatto and Mr. Daniel Chatto And Master Samuel Chatto And Master Arthur Chatto The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester The Earl and Countess of Ulster The Lady Davina and Mr. Gary Lewis Lady Rose and Mr. George Gilman The Duke and Duchess of Kent Earl and Countess of St. Andrews Lord Downpatrick The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor The Lady Amelia Windsor The Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor The Lady Helen Taylor and Mr. Timothy Taylor Prince and Princess Michael o ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Princess Michael of Kent
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Prince Michael was reinstated to the line of succession on 26 March 2015 with the successful passing of the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 and is now 45th in line.
    More Details Hide Details Their children are members of the Church of England and have retained their rights of succession since birth. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent have two children: Prince Michael has never received a parliamentary annuity or an allowance from the Privy Purse. Nevertheless, Prince and Princess Michael represented The Queen at the Belize independence celebrations and at the coronation of King Mswati III of Swaziland. Prince Michael also supports a large number of different charities and organisations, and Princess Michael supports him in his work. The couple have had the use of a five-bedroom, five-reception grace and favour apartment at Kensington Palace. The Queen had paid the rent for the apartment at a market rate of £120,000 annually from her own private funds with the couple paying the nominal amount of £70 per week. The rent goes to the Grant-in-aid, provided by the Government for the maintenance of the Occupied Royal Palaces. The rent is based on the current rate for commercially rented properties at Kensington Palace, and is recorded in the overall figures for commercial rents in the Grant-in-aid annual report. This rent payment by the Queen is "in recognition of the Royal engagements and work for various charities which Prince and Princess Michael of Kent have undertaken at their own expense, and without any public funding," according to a statement released by the British Monarchy Media Centre.
  • 2011
    Princess Michael of Kent represented her first cousin-in law, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the launching ceremony of the Green Pilgrimage Network in Assisi, Italy, on 1 November 2011.
    More Details Hide Details It was organised by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), founded by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1995, in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), of which Prince Philip was formerly President. The Princess spoke on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh and led the opening procession. The media claim she once declared to an American fashion magazine that she had "more royal blood in her veins than any person to marry into the royal family since Prince Philip". She is also reported to have said she was "probably the first tall person to marry into the clan" (also true if males are discounted; Princess Michael stands about six feet (1.83 m) tall). The Queen reportedly has referred to her as "Our Val", a reference to the warrior-like Valkyries, and – a bit sarcastically – as being "a bit too grand for" the rest of the royal family.
  • 2010
    Apart from the Earl and Countess of St Andrews and Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor, who are members of the extended Royal Family, Princess Michael was the only member of the British Royal Family who took part in the Papal visit of 2010, except the state welcome by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the first visit in Edinburgh.
    More Details Hide Details Another Catholic member of the Royal Family, Katharine, Duchess of Kent, did not attend.
    Princess Michael of Kent observes the Roman Catholic faith and attended several events during the historic Pope Benedict XVI's state visit to the United Kingdom in September 2010.
    More Details Hide Details She was present at Mass in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, 18 September, where she was seated in the first row among other dignitaries, including Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor, the Duke of Norfolk and former Prime Minister Tony Blair; the Pope gave them an audience after Mass. On the last day of the Pope's visit, 19 September, she attended the open-air Mass of beatification for Cardinal John Henry Newman at Cofton Park, Birmingham. Princess Michael was personally involved in the beatification process and attended several other celebrations relating to his beatification before and after the Cofton Park Mass, including a commemorative concert of the Dream of Gerontius at Birmingham City Hall on 18 September. She also attended a civic dinner with invited dignitaries and bishops in Birmingham, before attending the Mass and meeting the Pope. Previously, in November 2008, the Princess attended the translation of remains of Cardinal Newman at Birmingham Oratory along with other guests of honour, including Francis Campbell, HM Ambassador to the Holy See; the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and Lady Mayoress; Sir Ivor Roberts, President of Trinity College, Oxford and formerly British Ambassador to Italy; and Sir Derek Morris, Provost of Oriel College, Oxford. After the Translation Mass, Princess Michael was shown round Cardinal Newman's Room and Chapel and visited Newman's library.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    In 2008, it was announced Prince and Princess Michael would be required to begin paying rent of £120,000 a year.
    More Details Hide Details Members of Parliament on the palace's committee had demanded the change after the Kents' rent had come to light. The Kents have lived in the apartment since 1979, paying only their utility bills prior to 2002.
  • 2007
    Before her marriage to Prince Michael, she worked as an interior decorator. According to a report in The Observers Pendennis column in September 2007, the Princess resumed decorating under her original company, Szapar Designs. From 2007 to 2011 the Princess served as President of Partridge Fine Art, a gallery in London's New Bond Street until it went into administration having suffered substantial multi-year losses. In 2008 the Princess was engaged as a consultant by Galerie Gmurzynska in Switzerland.
    More Details Hide Details See also List of honours of the British Royal Family by country;National honours Foreign honours House orders The Princess descends from German, Austrian, Czech and Hungarian aristocracy; her ancestors originate from more than 40 European nation states. She is a direct descendant of the "Vampire Princess" Eleonore von Schwarzenberg whose sister Princess Maria Ludowika von Thurn und Taxis is an ancestor of the current British Royal Family. Princess Michael is related to her husband Prince Michael of Kent's family via both her paternal and maternal lineages: Through her mother she and Queen Elizabeth II both descended from Prince Ferdinand August von Lobkowicz, who died in the 18th century. From her father's side Princess Michael and HM The Queen descended from the ancient Burggrafen von Dohna, Herrand III Trauttmansdorff and Nostitz families.
  • 2005
    In September 2005, she appeared in the media again, after the News of the World reporter "fake Sheikh" Mazher Mahmood apparently gained her confidence claiming that she made a number of intemperate remarks, including referring to Diana, Princess of Wales as "bitter" and "nasty".
    More Details Hide Details On hearing that research by Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth seemed to indicate that rank among female baboons is hereditary, the Princess is alleged to have said "I always knew that when people who aren’t like us claim that hereditary rank is not part of human nature, they must be wrong. Now you’ve given me evolutionary proof"! In September 2015, the Princess was in the news for stating publicly that animals do not have rights because they do not pay taxes, have bank accounts or vote. The Princess is author of three non-fiction books, Crowned in a Far Country: Eight Royal Brides (Weidenfeld), and Cupid and the King – Five Royal Paramours (Harper Collins) and in 2004 released The Serpent and The Moon, a true story of love and betrayal in a royal family, and two novels, The Queen Of Four Kingdoms and Agnès Sorel: Mistress of Beauty.
    In February 2005 she gave a series of interviews to promote her book, in one of which she claimed that Britons should be more concerned about the bloodlines of their children, and claimed that the British media were "excited" by Prince Harry's decision to wear a swastika for a fancy dress party because of the British press "ownership structure".
    More Details Hide Details She claimed that the press would not have been so concerned had he worn a hammer and sickle, which "stands for Stalin and gulag and pogrom and devastation".
  • 2004
    In May 2004 she was in the news when a group of black diners in a New York restaurant reported that the Princess had told them to "get back to the colonies" when complaining about their noise – an accusation she denied – though it made global headlines.
    More Details Hide Details She recounted as having made a remark to one of her fellow dinner guests that "she would be glad to go back to the colonies in order to escape her noisy neighbours". She then labelled her accusers as a "bunch of rappers", somewhat wide of the mark, since the party comprised an investment banker, a music executive, a reporter, a television fashion correspondent, and a lawyer.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    After receiving Pope John Paul II's permission, the couple later received a blessing of their marriage in a Roman Catholic ceremony on 29 June 1983 at Archbishop's House, London.
    More Details Hide Details Since the Act of Settlement 1701 prohibited anyone who married a Roman Catholic from succeeding to the throne, Prince Michael of Kent (at that time, 15th in the line of succession) forfeited his succession rights upon marrying Marie Christine.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    One month after the annulment, on 30 June 1978, at a civil ceremony in Vienna, Austria, she married Prince Michael of Kent, the son of Prince George, Duke of Kent (1902–1942) and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (1906–1968).
    More Details Hide Details Prince Michael is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Upon their marriage, she was accorded the style and title of Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, the female equivalent to her husband's title: not being of royal birth, she is therefore not titled Princess Marie Christine.
  • 1971
    They met at a boar hunt in Germany and were married on 14 September 1971 at Chelsea Old Church, London. The couple separated in 1973 and were divorced in 1977 (the marriage was formally annulled by the Pope in May 1978).
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  • OTHER
  • 1945
    Princess Michael of Kent was born on 15 January 1945, in Karlsbad, a town then in German-populated Sudetenland and now known as Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic.
    More Details Hide Details She was born just prior to the defeat and the end of Nazi Germany and World War II in Europe, near the family estates of her Austrian maternal grandmother, Princess Hedwig von Windisch-Graetz; the expulsion of Germans resident in Czechoslovakia followed later that year. Princess Michael is the younger daughter of Baron Günther Hubertus von Reibnitz (Freiherr) by his wife Countess Maria-Anna-Carolina-Franziska-Walpurga-Bernadette, daughter of Count Friedrich Szapáry von Muraszombath, Széchysziget und Szapár, the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to Saint Petersburg at the outbreak of World War I. Princess Michael's elder sister was Margarita (born 18 January 1924) by her father's first marriage to Margherita, Countess von Seherr-Thoß. Through her mother, Princess Michael is descended from Diane de Poitiers, Henry II of France's mistress, and Catherine (de' Medici), Queen of France, as well as from the celebrated painter Peter Paul Rubens. Her father was a Nazi party member serving as a Sturmbannführer (Major) in the SS during the Second World War; he settled at Maforga, Mozambique after being divorced. Her mother and brother, Baron Friedrich (Fred) von Reibnitz moved to Australia; the Freiin Marie-Christine established a beauty salon, while Fred von Reibnitz (now living in Canberra) joined the Australian Public Service.
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