Prince George, Duke of Kent was the son of King George V and Queen Mary and was a brother to the kings Edward VIII and George VI.
PRINCE GEORGE’S ORIGINS AND PERSONAL LIFE
When he was born on December 20, 1902, Prince George was fifth in line for the throne. Unlike other royalties, the prince was baptized with local water by the Bishop of Oxford, Francis Paget, instead of water that came from River Jordan.
The prince was first tutored before he was sent to St. Peter’s Court in Kent. Then he attended a naval college at Osborne then at Dartmouth after quite some time. He served on HMS Iron Duke and HMS Nelson of the Royal Navy until 1929. Afterwards, he worked for the Foreign Office and Home Office before joining his brother, the Prince of Wales in touring America in 1931.
Prince George and his brother boarded the ocean liner Oropesa during their journey. They went to Rio De Janeiro via River Plate then changed liners went back to Europe aboard Arlanza.
Before he married Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark in November 29, 1934, Prince George was given the title Duke of Kent, Earl of St. Andrews, and Baron Downpatrick. After they got married, Princess Marina became HRH The Duchess of Kent. They had three children namely: Prince Edward, Duke of Kent; Princess Alexandra, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy; and Prince Michael of Kent.
When he was still a bachelor and even after he got married, Prince George was very well-known for having relationships with a number of men and women coming from social groups as well as the Hollywood industry. Some of these popular personalities included Poppy Baring, Margaret Whigham, and Barbara Cartland. There were also rumors of his purported relationships with Jesse Matthews and Noel Coward.
News regarding Prince’s George drug abused brought about by Kiki Preston’s influence, caused his brother to force him into leaving Kiki while Kiki was also coerced to leave England. Because of his relationship with Kiki, rumors came out that he bore an illegitimate child with her, the American publishing executive, Michael Temple Canfield.
PRINCE GEORGE’S CAREER AND DEATH
In 1938, Prince George started working as the Governor General of Australia.
During the World War II, the prince served as Rear Admiral and as part of the Intelligence Division of the Admiralty. In 1940, he worked at the Royal Air Force and served as Staff Officer at the RAF Training Command.
Before the Second World War, Prince George was already a group captain in the Royal Air Force. In addition, he also became an Honorary Air Commodore of No. 500 (County of Kent) Squadron Auxiliary Air Force. However, he gave up his position as Air Vice-Marshal in order to be able to serve at a lower rank. As an air commodore, he boosted the morale of his comrades until his death on August 25, 1942.
Prince George with fourteen other soldiers when the RAF Short Sunderland W4026 crashed into a hillside not too far away from Caithness, Scotland. The prince died with Krona-notes in his hands, making people think that he was on a mission to Sweden before his flying boat crashed.
The prince was interred at the Royal Burial Ground in Frogmore and was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward, the Duke of Kent.