The Buckingham Palace announced yesterday that the Duke of Kent had suffered a mild stroke. The 77-year-old royal was taken to a London hospital in the early hours of Monday, where his condition was assessed by doctors.
Although the Queen’s cousin is still believed to be under the supervision of doctors, his condition has improved and the Duke if “looking forward to resuming official engagements as soon as possible”.
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent is a first cousin to Queen Elizabeth and a first cousin once removed to the Duke of Edinburgh. His parents were Prince George, Duke of Kent (fourth son of George V) and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (a granddaughter of George I of Greece and great-granddaughter of Alexander II of Russia). Princess Marina was a first cousin to the Duke of Edinburgh since their fathers (Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark, and Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark respectively) were brothers.
The Duke and Duchess of Kent have three children: the Earl of St Andrews, Lady Helen Taylor and Lord Nicholas Windsor.