Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Royals in Medals #4: Prince Michael of Kent

HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO
His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO

Prince Michael was born on 4 July 1942, the second son and third child of Prince George, Duke of Kent (the fourth son of King George V) and his wife Princess Marina of Greece (through whom he is connected with the Russian royal family).  Prince George died in a plane crash a few weeks after Michael's birth.  At birth he was seventh in line to the British throne and, as the grandson in the male line of a monarch, was granted the style of Prince and Royal Highness.

At the age of 5, Prince Michael was a page boy at the wedding of his cousins, the Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. He was educated at Sunningdale School and Eton.

Prince Michael entered the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in January 1961 and was commissioned into the 11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own) in 1963.  He saw service in Germany, Hong Kong and in Cyprus as part of the UN peacekeeping force.  He retired as a Major in 1981.

On 30 June 1978 Prince Michael married Baroness Marie Christine Anna Agnes Hedwig Ida (née von Reibnitz), who thereby became HRH Princess Michael of Kent.  As the Baroness was a Roman Catholic, Prince Michael forfeited his right of succession the the throne under the terms of the Act of Settlement of 1701.

They have two children:
  • Lord Frederick Michael George David Louis Windsor, born 6 April, 1979
  • Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor, born 23 April 1981
Prince Michael has carried out minor official duties and in the past represented the Queen overseas.  He carries out private consolatory work.

Honorary Military Appointments

United Kingdom
  • Honorary Rear Admiral, Royal Naval Reserve 
  • Commodore-in-Chief, Maritime Reserves
  • Regimental Colonel, Honourable Artillery Company (2009–2012)
  • Royal Honorary Colonel, Honourable Artillery Company (2012–present)
  • Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Benson
  • Canada 
  • Colonel-in-Chief, The Essex and Kent Scottish (November 2001–present)
  • It is expected that Prince Michael will become eligible for the Canadian Forces Decoration during 2013 in respect of this service.

    Orders, Decorations and Medals


    Royal Victorian Order
    Knight Commander (KCVO) July 1992
    Knight Grand Cross (GCVO) June 2003

    Most Venerable Order of St John
    Knight of Justice

Prince Michael of Kent aboard the boat ‘Havengore’ watches the flotilla during theThames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012.Queen Elizabeth II sailed Sunday on a royal barge at the centre of a spectacular 1,000-boat river pageant on the Thames, the set-piece of celebrations to mark her diamond jubilee.
Campaign Medals

      United Nations Medal (UNFICYP)

    Commemorative Medals

    Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953
    File:Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal ribbon.png  Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal 1977
    Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png  Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
    QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png  Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012

    Foreign Awards

    Russian Federation: Order of Friendship (2009)

    Prince Michael of Kent with the Duke of Atholl, May 2012

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