Happy Birthday to Katharine, Duchess of Kent who turns 84 today. The only daughter of Sir William and Lady Worsley, she was born at the Family Seat, Hovington Hall in Yorkshire. After studying in Yorkshire and Norfolk, she studied music at Miss Hubler’s Finishing School in Oxford. In 1961, Katharine married the Duke of York, a first cousin of the Queen, at York Minster. The couple have three children and ten grandchildren. The Duchess has been a full-time royal since her wedding, carrying out official duties to support the Queen. She was also known as the presenter of trophies at Wimbledon. However, since 2002, she has reduced her public role, and rarely attends royal events. Instead, she gives music lessons in London, and prefers to be known as Katharine, Duchess of Kent (the style given to the widowed or divorced wife of a Duke), though her official title remains HRH the Duchess of Kent. In 1994, she converted to Catholicism, the first member of the Royal family to publicly do so since 1701. The Duke and Duchess live between a house on the grounds of Kensington Palace and a house in Oxfordshire. Last year, the Duchess attended the Ryedale Show and the Queen’s Christmas Lunch. I wish HRH a very Happy Birthday!
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