Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark
HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; born Princess of Greece and Denmark (born 30 Novemberjul / December 13 1906greg in Athens, .. † August 27, 1968 in Kensington Palace, London) was by marriage a member of the British royal family. Princess Marina was the last foreign princess who married into the British royal family, royal brides later were either British nobles or commoners.
Princess Marina's father was Prince Nicholas of Greece, the third son of King George I of Greece. Her mother was Grand Duchess Helen of Russia, a granddaughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia. The family was poor and had to go into exile, as Marina was eleven. Your youth spent Princess Marina, especially in Paris.
On November 29, 1934, she married Prince George, 1st Duke of Kent, the fourth son of King George V and Queen Mary, at Westminster Abbey, London. The couple had three children:
- Prince Edward ( born October 9, 1935)
- Princess Alexandra ( born December 25, 1936); ∞ Angus Ogilvy
- Prince Michael ( born July 4, 1942)
The Duke of Kent died on August 25, 1942 in a plane crash in Eagle Rock Scotland.
After the death of her husband, Princess Marina was still her royal ceremonial duties after and was very popular with the population. As a result of the death of Prince George, the Duchess lost her claim to the appanage of the state. She subsequently received from her mother, the Queen Mother Mary, and of her brother, the king financial support. Shortly before the marriage of her son, the new Duke of Kent, with Katharine Worsley, announced Princess Marina, that they are " HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent " instead of " HRH The Dowager Duchess of Kent " wanted to take the title. Through her marriage in 1934 she was " Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Kent, Countess of St. Andrews, and Baroness Downpatrick ". However, they remained a Princess of Greece and Denmark suo jure. So you just took back to their pre-marital title. This was done with the express permission of her niece, Queen Elizabeth II This left her even an apartment at Kensington Palace.
Princess Marina was known for her sharp tongue. Supposedly she called her two sisters in law, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, both "only" from the Scottish nobility, " ordinary Scottish girl ".
Princess Marina died in 1968 in Kensington Palace to a brain tumor.