Michael, George, Charles, Franklin of Kent was born on July 4, 1942 in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England. Son of Prince George, Duke of Kent (son of King George V of England), and Marina of Greece, he is the youngest of the siblings after Edward and Alexandra. It is his older brother who inherits the title of their father; Duke of Kent. Michael of Kent is a prince of the United Kingdom and is called His Royal Highness. Michael of Kent is a member of the British royal family; he is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth of England.
In 1961, the young prince entered the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, and two years later joined the Hussars. Very athletic, he was part of the rowing team of the military academy. Later, he competed in bobsleigh and was part of the reserve team for the 1972 Olympic Games. During his various military missions, he was posted to Germany, Hong Kong and Cyprus. He is Colonel-in-Chief of the King’s Royal Hussars. Michael de Kent has received numerous honorary titles including Honorary Vice Admiral of the Royal Naval Reserve in 2006 and Honorary Colonel of the Army in 2010.
Prince Michael of Kent has represented Queen Elizabeth on a number of occasions; in 1977 at the state funeral of the President of India, in 1981 at the independence celebrations in Belize, and in 2004 at the 150th anniversary of the war in Crimea… At the same time, the Prince, who is not on the Civilian List, has founded his own consultancy and strategy firm.
On the private side, on June 30, 1978, he married Marie-Christine von Reibnitz, during a civil ceremony in Vienna, Austria. The couple sparked controversy because the young woman was Catholic and divorced from a banker, Thomas Troubridge. In 1978, she obtained from the Church the nullity of her first marriage, and Prince Michael renounced his rights of succession to the throne in order to marry her. After receiving permission from the Pope, the couple married religiously on June 29, 1983, in London. The couple has two children; Frederick, born on April 6, 1979 and Gabriella, born on April 23, 1981. In 2013, the Act of Succession to the Crown removed the exclusion order and allowed Michael of Kent to resume his place in the order of succession.
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