Who is the Duke of Kent and why will he Join the Queen at Her Birthday Parade?


Who is the Duke of Kent and why will he Join the Queen at Her Birthday Parade?

The Queen's official birthday parade takes place on Saturday 12 June at Windsor Castle and while this year's Trooping the Colour will be a pared-back ceremony like last year, the monarch, 95, will be accompanied by a member of her family.

The Duke of Kent will be by Her Majesty's side for the parade in the Castle's Quadrangle in his role as Colonel of the Scots Guards – the Queen's Colour of F Company Scots Guards will be trooped at this year's parade.

Prince Edward is the Queen's first cousin through their fathers, Prince George, Duke of Kent and King George VI.

The 85-year-old was born on 9 October 1935 in London as the eldest child of the late Prince George and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Prince Edward also has two younger siblings, Princess Alexandra, 84, and Prince Michael of Kent, 78.

He has held the title of Duke of Kent since the age of six, after the death of his father in a plane crash in 1942.

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