George and Marina: Duke and Duchess of Kent by Christopher WarwickFor eight brief years, before he was tragically killed in a mysterious air crash during the Second World War, Prince George, Duke of Kent, son of King George V and Queen Mary, and his beautiful wife, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, were the British monarchy’s, indeed, high society’s, most glamorous royal couple; and as golden royal icons they are still remembered.
As a young man, voraciously addicted to drugs and sex, with men as much as women, marriage and parenthood for the impetuously wayward playboy prince, with his night-clubbing lifestyle and intimate liaisons, was seen as the only stabilizing influence. Enter the stylish and sophisticated Princess Marina, the cultured, artistic and multilingual youngest daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and his Russian-born wife, Grand Duchess Yelena Vladimirovna. As Duke and Duchess of Kent, George and Marina were the Crown’s most glittering representatives, not least in the aftermath of the Abdication of George’s adored elder brother, the briefly-reigned King Edward VIII; the man with whom he had not only shared both home and high-flying lifestyles, but who had helped cure him of his addiction to morphine and cocaine.
On and off duty, the Duke and Duchess lived life to the full, and after George’s untimely death, Marina continued to do so during the twenty-six years of her widowhood. Revisiting his 1988 best-selling biography, George and Marina: Duke and Duchess of Kent, Christopher Warwick, in this revised and partly re-written study, tells their story anew.
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The Prince, protected by his wealth and rank, was untouchable; he managed only a few indecipherable words in his Eton drawl before wobbling off in his high heels. The surprised Bobby merely doffed his hat and kept walking. Just one year before, his great-grandmother Queen Victoria had died. The court became jolly and fun-loving once more as he comprehensively rejected the Victorian era and the reserve it embodied. In , when he died and his son George V ascended the throne, the monarchy reverted once again to the austere conservatism of Victorian morality. Before he was able to enter the Royal Navy, the entrance exam had to be doctored to accommodate his lack of smarts.
He served in the Royal Navy in the s and then briefly as a civil servant. He became Duke of Kent in He was killed in a military air-crash on 25 August Both before and during his marriage, Prince George allegedly had a string of affairs with both men and women, from socialites to Hollywood celebrities. At the time of his birth, he was fifth in the line of succession to the throne , behind his father and three older brothers Edward, Albert and Henry. Prince George received his early education from a tutor and then followed his elder brother, Prince Henry later the Duke of Gloucester , to St Peter's Court , a preparatory school at Broadstairs , Kent.
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He held the title of Duke of Kent from until his death in The aircraft was part of the th Squadron RAF. The plane hit high ground at Eagle Rock in the Scottish Highlands in poor visibility. Possible navigation error but exact cause unknown. All 14 aboard killed. Among the dead was his Equerry, Lieut.