What is Princess Michael of Kent’s real name and how old is she?

Princess Michael of Kent

Princess Michael of Kent has a rich history (Image: Getty Images)

The Queens The platinum anniversary is fast approaching and it’s royal events like this that get people exploring the royal family.

Royals like Princess Alexandra and Princess Eugenie don’t often make it into the news, but they remain an important part of The Firm and have important relationships with Her Majesty.

So who is Princess Michael of Kent, why is her name and how old is she? That’s all you need to know.

Why is her name Princess Michael of Kent?

As you might have guessed, her title comes from an archaic royal tradition. Princess Michael of Kent was born in Germany and was then known as Baroness Marie Christine – her full name was Marie-Christine Anna Agnes Hedwig Ida von Reibnitz. But when she married Prince Michael of Kent in 1978, traditional royal rules came into effect.

The Princess’ husband, Prince Michael of Kent, is the grandson of King George V and was given the title of His Royal Highness (HRH). But unlike others in his position, he is not a “peer of the realm” and has never received the title of duke or earl.

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Michael of Kent watch the races from the balcony of the Royal Box at the Derby Day races

The Queen and Princess Michael of Kent occasionally attend events together (Image: Max Mumby via Getty Images)

As a result, Marie-Christine could not be called “Duchess Marie Christine” like Kate Middleton, and she could not take her own name as a princess as she was not born into royalty.

Prince Michael remains the only grandson of a king with such a title, which is why there are no other princesses or duchesses in the royal family with their husbands’ names.

How old is Princess Michael of Kent?

The Princess was born in January 1945 in Karlovy Vary, formerly Nazi Germany and now the Czech Republic, making her 77 years old.

She is two years younger than her husband Prince Michael, who was born in July 1942 at Coppins, the former royal country house in Buckinghamshire.

Princess Michael of Kent has a rich history descending from Germans, Austrians and Hungarians. If you go back over 800 years, her ancestors and those of the queen are related to a family in Central Europe.

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