Jubilee of Elizabeth II: Who is the Duke of Kent, who appeared alone at the Queen’s side?

On June 2, on the occasion of the Jubilee, Elizabeth II was photographed with the Duke of Kent. A member of the royal family in whom the queen trusts and that Gala.fr presents to you (again)…

Edward of Kent is a pillar of the British royal family. As proof, on June 2, he was photographed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with the monarch on the occasion of the Jubilee. A public appearance made by the latter to support his first cousin, Queen Elizabeth II. However, this is not the first time that the Duke of Kent accompanies the sovereign in her royal duties.

Indeed, as the Daily Mail pointed out, Edward of Kent “also took on this role at the 2013 ceremony, when Prince Philip was recovering from surgery.” And then to specify that “during the pandemic, he was the only member of the family to accompany him” during the birthday celebrations. To this, according to revelations made by a royal expert, the Duke of Kent is moreover one of the few allies of the Queen. In fact, it would be very difficult to find “another member of the royal family who embodies the qualities of loyalty and obligation to the Queen and the country more than Edward Kent.”

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 15: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent stand on a dais outside Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15, 2013 in London, England. Today’s ceremony which marks the Queen’s official birthday will not be attended by Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh as he recuperates from abdominal surgery. This will also be The Duchess of Cambridge’s last public engagement before her baby is due to be born next month. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

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Duke of Kent: a look back at his life

Within the royal family, Edward of Kent is the grandson of King George V – and therefore cousin to Queen Elizabeth -. In 1942, when he was only seven years old, he was named Duke of Kent following the death of his father. Edward de Kent had a remarkable military career. He was first promoted to captain in 1961, then to lieutenant colonel in 1973. It was only three years later, in 1976, that he announced his retirement.

Since then, Edward de Kent has become increasingly involved in community life. Until 2021, he was president of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club – an organization known for the famous Wimbledon tournament. Finally, in terms of family life, the Duke of Kent has been married to Katharine Worsley since June 8, 1961. Together, the two members of the royal family have given birth to three children: George, Earl of St Andrews born in June 1962, Lady Helen, born in April 1964, Lord Nicholas born in July 1970.

Photo credits: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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