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Title: Prince Michael of Kent
Full Name: Michael George Charles Franklin
Father: Prince George Duke of Kent, fourth son of George V and Mary of Teck
Mother: Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia
Born: July 4, 1942 at Iver, Buckinghamshire
Current Age: 72 years, 3 months, and 16 days
Relation to Elizabeth II: Cousin
Married: Marie-Christine van Reibnitz, on June 30, 1978
Children: Frederick (Lord Frederick Windsor) and Gabriella (Lady Gabriella Windsor)
Prince Michael is the younger brother of the Duke of Kent. He is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, and the second son of Prince George who was the fourth son of King George V.
He was born in 1942 and educated at Eton College and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. After a 20-year military career, he is now an officer in the naval reserve.
His maternal grandmother was a cousin of Tzar Nicholas II of Russia and he has a particular interest in Russian affairs, serving as patron of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. He is a qualified Russian interpreter and also speaks fluent French. It has been remarked on his visits to Russia how much he looks like Tsar Nicholas.
In 1978 he married Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz. Since she is a Catholic he gave up his right to succession of the throne. They have two children, Lord Frederick Windsor, born in 1979; and Lady Gabriella Windsor, born in 1981.
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