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Princess Alexandra

 

Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy (Alexandra Helen Elizabeth Olga Christabel; born 25 December 1936), is a member of the British Royal Family, a granddaughter of George V. She was married to the late Sir Angus Ogilvy. Prior to her marriage she was known as Princess Alexandra of Kent. She carries out royal duties on behalf of her cousin, The Queen. She is 33rd in the line of succession to the British throne and at the time of her birth in 1936 was sixth.

Early life

Princess Alexandra was born, on 25 December 1936, at 3, Belgrave Square, London. Her father was The Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of George V and Queen Mary. Her mother was The Duchess of Kent (née Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark), a daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Helen Vladimirovna of Russia. As a granddaughter of the British monarch, she was styled as a British princess with the prefix, Her Royal Highness. At the time of her birth she was sixth in the line of succession to the British throne.

Princess Alexandra spent most of her childhood at her family's country house, Coppins, in Buckinghamshire. She lived with her grandmother Queen Mary, the widow of George V, during World War II at Badminton. Her father was killed in an aeroplane crash near Caithness, Scotland on 25 August 1942 whilst serving in the Royal Air Force.

Bridesmaid to the Future Queen

She served as bridesmaid at the wedding of her cousins, the then-Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh, on 20 November 1947. Princess Alexandra has the distinction of being the first British princess to have attended an ordinary school, Heathfield School near Ascot.

Marriage

On 24 April 1963, she married the Hon. Angus James Bruce Ogilvy (1928-2004), the second son of the 12th Earl of Airlie and Lady Alexandra Coke, at Westminster Abbey. The wedding ceremony was attended by all the members of the Royal Family and was broadcast worldwide on television, watched by an estimated 200 million people. Ogilvy declined the Queen's offer of an earldom upon marriage, which meant when they had children they would carry no title at all.

Angus Ogilvy remained in line to the earldom of Airlie until his death. He received a knighthood in 1988, and was appointed to the Privy Council in 1997. Princess Alexandra and Sir Angus have two children, James and Marina, and four grandchildren, none of whom carry out royal duties.

Royal duties

Since the late 1950s, Princess Alexandra has carried out an extensive programme of royal engagements in support of the Queen, both in the United Kingdom and overseas.

In 1959, she carried out an extensive tour of Australia, and attended the Queensland Centenary Celebrations. She returned to the country in 1967 for a private holiday, but also carried out engagements in Canberra and Melbourne. The Princess represented the Queen when Nigeria gained its independence from the United Kingdom on 1 October 1960, and later opened the first Parliament on 3 October. Later overseas tours included visits to Canada, Italy, Norway, Thailand, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

Princess Alexandra served as Chancellor of Lancaster University since its foundation in 1964, a post she relinquished in 2004. In 2005 she accepted an honorary doctorate in Music. She is also an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the Royal College of Physicians. She is also the President of Alexandra Rose Day, which was founded in honour of her great grandmother, Alexandra of Denmark.

Information from www.wikipedia.org