The Duke of Kent hospitalised after a mild stroke

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.

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

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”.

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Prince Philip becomes the longest-lived male member of the British Royal Family

The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh

On 24 February 2013, Prince Philip became the oldest-ever British male royal.

The Duke of Edinburgh was born on  10 June 1921 and will turn 92 this year. His parents were the Prince and Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark. His mother, born Princess Alice of Battenberg, was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of the United Kingdom. His father was a grandson of Christian IX of Denmark and a great-grandson of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. He had a distinguished naval career, including active service during World War II, before marrying Princess Elizabeth (now Elizabeth II) in 1947.

Prince Philip is also the longest serving royal consort in history, as well as the oldest spouse of a reigning British Monarch in history.

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