(Michael Windsor)
of Kent GCVO

  • Born 4 July 1942 - Coppins, Iver, Bucks., England
  • Age: 80 years old
  • Baptized 4 August 1942

 Spouses and children

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Individual Note

NOTE: Prince Michael relinquished his place in the line of succession becaus e of his marriage to a divorced Catholic, but Buckingham Palace subseq uently announced that his children would still be eligible to succeed to the throne. Christened: Michael George Charles Franklin. -- The las t name was in honor of President Roosevelt, who was a close friend of the Duke, and one of the baby's godfathers, although at the height of the war he was unable to attend the christening. His father was killed in a flying accident only seven weeks after Prince Michael's birth. H e is a director of Standard Telephones and Cables and three other City companies.

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    Prince Michael was born on 4 July 1942 at the family home in Iver, Buckinghamshire. He was christened Michael George Charles Franklin and one of his godfathers was President Roosevelt. He is a cousin to both The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, and his older brother and sister are The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra. Prince Michael's father, Prince George, was the fourth son of George V and his mother, Princess Marina, was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece.
    The Prince is a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.

    EDUCATION
    Prince Michael went to Sunningdale School and then Eton College, before going to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

    He qualified as a Russian interpreter and uses the language extensively. He also speaks fluent French and has a working knowledge of German and Italian.

    MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
    In 1978, Prince Michael married Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz, daughter of Baron von Reibnitz and the former Countess Marianne Szapary, in Vienna. The Princess has written two historical books and now lectures internationally at universities, museums and other organisations such as Sotheby's.
    The Prince and Princess have two children: Frederick, born in 1979, attended Sunningdale School and then won a scholarship to Eton. He read classics at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. His sister Gabriella, born in 1981, was educated at Godstowe and Downe House. She is currently studying at Brown University, Rhode Island, USA.
    The family live at Nether Lypiatt Manor, Gloucestershire, and at Kensington Palace.

    MILITARY INVOLVEMENT
    Prince Michael joined the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and was commissioned into the 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own) in 1963. He saw service in Libya, Germany, Hong Kong and Cyprus, where his squadron formed part of the UN peacekeeping force in 1971. Subsequent tours of duty included a number of appointments in the Defence Intelligence Staff. His military career spanned twenty years.
    The Prince was made Honorary Commodore of the re-structured Royal Naval Reserve in 1994, and is a member of the Honourable Artillery Company.

    ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
    Prince Michael spends most of his time supporting a large number of different charities and organisations. He is Commonwealth President of the Royal Life Saving Society. His patronages include the Harefield Research Foundation, the Children's Fire and Burns Trust, First Gear and the World Monuments Fund (UK). He is President of SSAFA Forces Help, the National Eye Research Centre, the RAC Foundation, the Kennel Club and Brooklands Museum Trust, amongst others. The Prince holds an Honorary Doctorate of the Plekhanov Economics Academy, Moscow.
    Prince Michael has represented The Queen at state funerals in India, Cyprus and Swaziland and, with Princess Michael, represented The Queen at the independence celebrations in Belize and at the Coronation of King Mswati II of Swaziland.
    Prince Michael is chairman of his own company, offering specialist advice to several commercial concerns, involving countries and sectors in which he himself has a close interest. On their behalf he travels extensively, and has led groups of business representatives to China and Russia.
    He is Founder Patron of the Pan-European Genesis Initiative, which represents interests of small and medium enterprises throughout the European Union.
    The Prince's personal interests include transport of all kinds and sport. Prince Michael represented Great Britain as a bobsleigh driver for many years and was Reserve for the 1972 Olympic Games. The Prince was part of the team that broke the 1,000 mile record for cars over 5,000cc in a 1929 Bentley Special in April 1992 at Millbrook. He was also a competitive rally driver, and he is a keen pilot of both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. The Prince's other sports include scuba-diving, carriage-driving and squash.

    source: http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page423.asp

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      Michael George Charles Franklin, KCVO [His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent KCVO, Kensington Palace, London W8 4PU; Nether Lypiatt Manor, Stroud, Glos GL6 7LS]; b Coppins, Iver, Bucks, 4 July 1942; educ Eton and RMA Sandhurst; commnd 11th Hus (PAO); Cdre RNR; memb HAC; Grand Master Lodge of Mark Master Masons; Cwlth Pres: Roy Life Saving Soc; Pres: RAC, Inst Motor Industry, SSAFA, Medical Commn Accident Prevention, Dogs' Home Battersea, Roy Patriotic Fund Corp, Nat Eye Research Centre, Kennel Club, Inst Road Safety Offrs, Soc Genealogists; Patron: Museum Army Flying, Veteran Car Club GB, Thames Rowing Club, Popular Flying Assoc, David Shepherd Conservation Fund, Carriage Fndn, Brooklands Museum Tst Appeal, Bermuda Maritime Museum; Fndr Prince Michael Road Safety Award Scheme; Fell: Inst Motor Industry, Roy Aeronautical Soc; Tstee Nat Motor Museum; Chm Advsy Bd House of Windsor; Hon Liveryman: Clothworkers', Leathersellers', Scientific Instrument Makers', Coachmakers' and Coach Harness Makers' Cos; m Vienna 30 June 1978 •Marie-Christine Agnes Hedwig Ida, Patron Soc Women Artists, dau of Baron Günther Hubertus von Reibnitz and formerly w of Thomas Troubridge (see TROUBRIDGE, Bt),
      NOTE: (Research):Prince Michael of Kent
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO (Michael George Charles Franklin Windsor)(born July 4, 1942) is a member of the British Royal Family, a grandson of King George V.

      Prince Michael of Kent does not regularly carry out royal duties on behalf of his cousin, Queen Elizabeth II. Instead, he manages his own consultancy business, and undertakes various commercial work around the world. He has also presented some television documentaries on the royal families of Europe. He is named after the short-reigning last Tsar of Russia, Michael Alexandrovich, to whom he is related.

      Early life
      Prince Michael of Kent was born on July 4, 1942, at Iver, Buckinghamshire. His father was The Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth eldest son of King George V and Queen Mary. His mother was The Duchess of Kent (née Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark), a daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia. As a grandchild of a British sovereign, he was styled as a Prince of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with the prefix His Royal Highness, thus styled His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent.

      At his christening on 4 August 1942, one of his godparents was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, at that time the President of the United States of America, the others being King George II of Greece, King Haakon VII of Norway, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Lady Patricia Ramsay, The Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven, The Crown Princess of Greece and The Duke of Gloucester. His father, the Duke of Kent, was killed in an aeroplane crash near Caithness, Scotland on August 25, 1942, a few weeks after his christening.

      Education
      Educated at Sunningdale School and Eton College, Prince Michael entered the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in January 1961.

      Military career
      From Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own) in 1963. He saw service in Germany, Hong Kong and Cyprus, where his squadron formed part of the UN peacekeeping force in 1971. Subsequent tours of duty, during a military career that spanned twenty years, included a number of appointments on the Defence Intelligence Staff. He retired from the army with the rank of Major in 1981.

      In 1994, Prince Michael was made Honorary Commodore of the Royal Naval Reserve and in 2002 he was made Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Benson. In addition, Prince Michael is President of SSAFA (Soldiers', Sailors' & Airmen's Families' Association) Forces Help and President of the Royal Patriotic Fund. He is also Colonel-in-Chief of the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment in Canada.

      Career

      Royal duties
      As the third child of King George V's fourth son, it was not expected that Prince Michael of Kent would undertake royal and official duties. Prince Michael has never received a parliamentary annuity or an allowance from the Privy Purse. Despite this, both his elder brother, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and his sister Princess Alexandra, carry out official royal duties and receive parliamentary annuities. As a member of the Royal Family however, the Prince does receive VIP treatment wherever he goes. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office arrange for the Prince to receive VIP welcomes whenever he travels abroad, and he has use of British Embassy staff when required. The Prince was also given a grace and favour apartment at Kensington Palace upon his marriage in 1978.

      Nevertheless, Prince Michael of Kent has represented the Queen at state funerals in India, Cyprus and Swaziland and, with his wife, Princess Michael of Kent, represented The Queen at the independence celebrations in Belize and at the Coronation of King Mswati III of Swaziland. Prince Michael of Kent also supports a large number of different charities and organisations. He is Commonwealth President of the Royal Life Saving Society.

      His patronages include:
      the Harefield Research Foundation,
      the Children's Fire and Burns Trust,
      First Gear and
      the World Monuments Fund (UK).
      SSAFA Forces Help,
      the National Eye Research Centre,
      the RAC Foundation,
      the Kennel Club and
      Brooklands Museum Trust.

      Commercial
      Given that the Prince does not receive any income from his royal duties, he has the Queen's permission to earn a living from commercial enterprise. As such Prince Michael manages his own consultancy business, and undertakes business throughout the world. He is also a qualified interpreter of Russian.

      Marriage
      On June 30, 1978, Prince Michael was married at a civil ceremony at the Rathaus, Vienna, Austria, to Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz (born on January 15, 1945), the only child of the now deceased Silesian nobleman Baron Gunther Hubertus von Reibnitz, and his also deceased Hungarian-born ex-wife, Maria Anna Carolina Franziska Walpurga Bernadette, Countess von Szapáry von Muraszombath, Széchysziget und Szapár.

      The Kents' marriage was controversial because the Baroness was not only a Roman Catholic, but also a divorcée. She was previously married to banker Thomas Troubridge; they separated in 1973, divorced in 1977, and had their marriage annulled a year later, two months before her marriage to Prince Michael. Under the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701, which governs the laws of the succession to the British throne, Prince Michael forfeited his place in the line of succession through marriage to a Roman Catholic. [1]

      However, his wife became and remains a Princess of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and is styled Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent (not Princess Marie-Christine since she is not a princess in her own right, but only by right of marriage). Prince and Princess Michael of Kent have two children, both of whom remain in line to the throne because they are not Roman Catholics (they have been raised as members of the Church of England).

      Controversy
      Both Prince and Princess Michael of Kent have received negative news stories in the media in the past. These have centred on accusations that the couple exploit their royal status for commercial gain. When it was revealed that the couple only pay a rent of L69 per week (although other sources state the figure as L76) for the use of their apartments at Kensington Palace, a committee of MPs demanded they be evicted. [2] Critics paid little attention to the fact that this arrangement reflects the royal duties which the couple undertake, without parliamentary annuity.

      Russia
      Prince Michael has a strong interest in Russia and is noted for his remarkable physical resemblance to Tsar Nicholas II. When the Tsar and his family were re-buried in Russia, it was Prince Michael who represented Britain. Prince Michael speaks fluent Russian and holidays there frequently. In the book 'Icon' by Frederick Forsyte, the Monarchy in Russia is restored with Prince and Princess Michael as Tsar and Tsarina.

      Titles, Styles, Honours & Arms

      Titles
      1942-: His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent

      Honours
      July 4, 1992: Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
      June 2, 2003: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order

      Honorary military appointments
      Honourary Commodore, Royal Naval Reserve
      Colonel-in-Chief, The Essex and Kent Scottish
      Honourary Rear Admiral, Royal Naval Reserve

      Issue
      Name Birth Death Notes
      Lord Frederick Windsor April 6, 1979
      Lady Gabriella Windsor April 23, 1981

      Notes and references
      ^ Picknett, Lynn, Prince, Clive, Prior, Stephen & Brydon, Robert (2002). War of the Windsors: A Century of Unconstitutional Monarchy, p. 271. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 1-84018-631-3.
      ^ Picknett, Prince, Prior & Brydon, p. 311.;1 _MEDI Web Site - BURKE'S PEERAGE & BARONETAGE - www.burkes-peerage.net; http://www.burkes-peerage.net/Sites/Peerage/SitePages/page62-6a.asp;quality_of-data 3

      name name prefix: H.R.H. Prince

      christening: At his christening on 4 August 1942, one of his godparents was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, at that time the President of the United States of America, the others being King George II of Greece, King Haakon VII of Norway, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Lady Patricia Ramsay, The Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven, The Crown Princess of Greece and The Duke of Gloucester.

      event: Michael George Charles Franklin Christened (source: - GENEALOGY.EU - GENEALOGY.EU - Miroslav Marek - genealogy.euweb.cz - http://genealogy.euweb.cz/wettin/wettin9.html - 3)

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      Excluded from the line of succession because of his marriag e to the Roman Catholic Baroness Marie Christine von Reibni tz

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