Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent was born on this day in 1906. The youngest daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia, she was the younger sister of Princess Paul of Yugoslavia and Princess Elizabeth, Countess of Toerring-Jettenbach and a first cousin of King George, King Alexander, and King Paul of Greece, Queen Helen of Romania, the Duchess of Aosta, Vladimir, Grand Duke of Russia, the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Margarita of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Princess Theodora, Margravine of Baden, Grand Duchess Cecile of Hesse, and Princess Sophie of Hanover. The family went into exile after the overthrow of the Greek Monarchy in 1917, and eventually settled in Paris. In 1934, she married Prince George, Duke of Kent, fourth son of King George V and Queen Mary, at Westminster Abbey. The couple had three children: PrinceEdward, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Michael, and were devoted to each other until his tragic death in a plane crash in 1942, during WWII. Despite financial difficulties, the Duchess of Kent remained one of the most active and popular members of the Royal Family, until her death in 1968. Princess Marina was one of the most glamorous royal figures, and was a style icon throughout her life.
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