September 19, 2022, 02:14
Prince Michael of Kent was once seventh to the British throne and is often seen at major royal events.
Now 80, Prince Michael fell 51st to the throne from 2022, but who is he and who were his parents?
Who is Prince Michael of Kent?
Prince Michael is the youngest son of Prince George, Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark.
Prince George was one of the sons of King George V.
He was a paternal first cousin of the late Queen Elizabeth II, as he was a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary.
Prince Michael would occasionally represent Queen Elizabeth II at various functions in Commonwealth realms outside the UK during her reign.
At the same time, he runs his own consultancy business and undertakes various commercial jobs. He has also presented television documentaries on the royal families of Europe.
How old is Prince Michael of Kent?
Prince Michael was born on July 4, 1942 in Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire.
He celebrated his 80th birthday in 2022.
He was the third child of Prince George, Duke of Kent. At the time of his birth, Michael was seventh in line to the British throne.
His mother was Princess Marina, daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia.
Just seven weeks after Michael was born, his father was tragically killed in a plane crash near Dunbeath, Caithness, Scotland.
Five-year-old Prince Michael was a page boy at the wedding of his cousins Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten.
Who is Prince Michael of Kent’s wife and how many children does he have?
In June 1978, Prince Michael was married, in a civil ceremony, at the Rathaus in Vienna, Austria.
He married the German noblewoman Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz.
Marie-Christine was Roman Catholic and divorced. She had been married to banker Thomas Troubridge, but divorced in 1977.
Under the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701, Michael lost his place in the line of succession to the throne through his marriage to a Catholic. It was reinstated in 2015, with the coming into force of the Succession to the Crown Act 2013.
Michel and Marie-Christine have two children:
- Lord Frederick Windsor, born in 1979. He married peep show actress Sophie Winkleman in 2009. They have two daughters, Maud and Isabella.
- Lady Gabriella Kingston, born in 1981. She married Thomas Kingston in 2019.