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Prince George, Duke of Kent

Prince George Edward Alexander Edmund of the House of Windsor, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (December 20, 1902 - August 25, 1942), son of King George V and Mary of Teck, was created HRH Duke of Kent, Earl of St. Andrews and Baron Downpatrick, on October 12, 1934.

He was born at Sandringham House[?], near King's Lynn, Norfolk, England.

Prince George, British Columbia is named for him.

He had a long string of affairs with men and women before and after his marriage, on November 29, 1934 to Marina, Princess of Greece[?] (1906 - 1968). The better known of his partners were black cabaret singer Florence Mills[?], banking heiress Poppy Baring[?], Ethel Margaret Whigham (later Duchess of Argyll), musical star Jessie Matthews and actor Noel Coward. (Love letters from George to Noel were stolen from Coward's house in 1942). He also is said to have been addicted to drugs.

He was killed in a plane crash on active service in World War II at Morven, Caithness, Scotland. His wife had given birth to their third child, Prince Michael of Kent[?], only six weeks earlier. He was initially buried in St. George's Chapel, Windsor, England: his remains were later moved to the royal mausoleum at Frogmore[?], Windsor, England. He was succeeded as Duke of Kent by his eldest son, Edward[?]. His two other legitimate children were Princess Alexandra[?] and Prince Michael[?].

See also: British Royal Family



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