The Dukes of the Peerage of the United Kingdom

The Dukes

The Duke of Kent

Duke of Kent is a title which has been created various times in the peerages of Great Britain and the United Kingdom, most recently as a royal dukedom for the fourth son of George V.

Dukes of Kent, Second Creation (1934):

  • Prince George, 1st Duke of Kent (1902-1942)
  • Prince Edward, 2nd Duke of Kent (b. 1935)

 In 1934, Prince George (1902-1942), the fourth son of King George V and Queen Mary, was created Duke of Kent, Earl of St Andrews and Baron Downpatrick. Prince George had three children before his death in 1942: Prince Edward, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Michael. Prince Edward, upon his father's death, succeeded to his father's peerages. Born in 1935, the current Duke of Kent Price Edward is cousin to both The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. He carries out numerous duties for the monarchy, both military and civil. The Duke is the Grand Master of the English Freemasons, and is the President of the Scout Association of the United Kingdom. His Royal Highness is the Grand Prior (or Grand Master) of the Order of St Michael and St George, and holds numerous military appointments. 

The Duke of Kent holds the following subsidiary titles: 

  • Earl of St Andrews
  • Baron Downpatrick

Duke of Kent for King of Poland?

It was once proposed that Prince George, the 1st Duke of Kent be made King of Poland, in a move to restore the Polish monarchy much as the Greek monarchy had been restored using imported royals. In August 1937, the Duke and his wife visited Poland and were well-received. However, due to the invasion of Poland in World War II, the plan was called off.

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

As the oldest son of Prince George, the 1st Duke of Kent, Prince Edward inherited the title in 1942 at the age of 7.

Prince Edward was schooled at Ludgrove Preparatory School before following the royal tradition and attending Eton College. He was also educated at Le Rosey in Switzerland. He joined the Royal Military College Sandhurst after leaving school.

As a royal duke he was fated to carry out royal duties, which he has done for over 50 years. The Duke has represented the Queen during independence celebrations in the former British colonies of Sierra Leone, Uganda, Guyana, Gambia and Ghana.  Before retiring in 2001, he also served as the United Kingdom’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment.

He is most often in the public eye for his role as President of the All English Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Every year, the Duke presents the winner of the Wimbledon men’s tennis tournament witht he winning shield.

External Links

All English Lawn Tennis - http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/index.html
Eton College - http://www.etoncollege.com/Splash.asp
Biography of Prince Edward - http://www.royal.gov.uk/OutPut/Page5564.asp