Prince Edward was created Duke of Kent and Strathearn and Earl of Dublin on 23 April 1799  and, a few weeks later, appointed a General and commander-in-chief of British forces in the Maritime Provinces of North America.  On 23 March 1802, he was appointed Governor of Gibraltar and nominally retained that post until his death.
Prince Edward has held the title of Duke of Kent for more than 80 years, since the age of six, after the death of his father in a plane crash in 1942. Edward carried out engagements on behalf of Elizabeth II and is involved with over 140 charitable organisations.
Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearnwas the fourth son of George III of the United Kingdom. Edwaard Augustus married in 1818 Princess Victoria Duchess of Kent. He had one daughter, who was later Queen Victoria. He died when his daughter was six months old in 1819. Ancestors
Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn was the fourth son of George III of the United Kingdom . Edwaard Augustus married in 1818 Princess Victoria Duchess of Kent. He had one daughter, who was later Queen Victoria. He died when his daughter was six months old in 1819. Ancestors[ change | change source]
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Prince Edward was born on 2 November 1767. His parents were the reigning British monarch, George III, and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. As a son of the British monarch, he was styled His Royal Highness The Prince Edward from birth, and was fourth in the line of succession to the throne. He was named after his paternal uncle, the Duke of York a...
The Prince began his military training in Germany in 1785. King George III intended to send him to the University of Göttingen, but decided against it upon the advice of the Duke of York. Instead, Prince Edward went to Lüneburg and later Hanover, accompanied by his tutor, Baron Wangenheim. During 1788 to 1789 he completed his education in Geneva. I...
An heir to the throne
Following the death in November 1817 of the only legitimate grandchild of George III, Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, the royal succession began to look uncertain. The Prince Regent and his younger brother, the Duke of York, though married, were estranged from their wives and had no surviving legitimate children. King George's surviving daughters were all past likely childbearing age. The unmarried sons of King George III, the Duke of Clarence (later King William IV), the Duke of Kent, a...
Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
For his part the Duke of Kent, aged 50, already considering marriage and encouraged into this particular match with her sister-in-law by his now-deceased niece Princess Charlotte, became engaged to Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (17 August 1786 – 16 March 1861) and the couple married on 29 May 1818 at Schloss Ehrenburg, Coburg, (Lutheran rite) and again on 11 July 1818 at Kew Palace, Kew, Surrey. A widow with two children, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld was the daughter...
The Duke of Kent purchased a house of his own from Mrs Fitzherbert in 1801. Castle Hill Lodge on Castlebar Hill Ealing was then placed in the hands of architect James Wyatt and more than £100,000 spent. Near neighbours from 1815 to 1817 at Little Boston House was US Envoy and future US President John Quincy Adams, and his English wife Louisa. "We a...
Titles and styles
1. 2 November 1767 – 24 April 1799: His Royal HighnessThe Prince Edward 2. 24 April 1799 – 23 January 1820: His Royal HighnessThe Duke of Kent and Strathearn
Prince Edward was appointed a Knight of the Order of St. Patrick on 5 February 1783 and a Knight of the Order of the Garter on 2 May 1786. George III appointed him a member of the Privy Council on 5 September 1799. His elder brother, the Prince Regent (later King George IV), appointed the Duke of Kent a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the military division on 2 January 1815 and a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order(military division) on 12 August 1815.
As a son of the sovereign, the Duke of Kent had use of the arms of the kingdom from 1801 to his death, differenced by a label argent of three points, the centre point bearing a cross gules, the outer points each bearing a fleur-de-lys azure. HRH The Duke of Kent and Strathearn was the last Grand Masterof the Ancients Grand Lodge of England before the Union of that body with the Premier (Moderns) Grand Lodge of England to form the United Grand Lodge of England in December 1813. His Brother the...
Naftel, W.D. (2005). Prince Edward's Legacy: The Duke of Kent in Halifax: Romance and beautiful buildings. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Formac Publishing. ISBN 978-0-88780-648-3.Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
Mini Bio (1) Duke of Kent and Strathearn Prince Edward was born on November 2, 1767 in Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London, England, UK. He was a writer, known for Queen Victoria's Letters: A Monarch Unveiled (2014), Kings and Queens (2002) and The History Chicks (2011). He was previously married to Duchess of Kent and Strathearn.