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RiAus Patron


From left: RiAus Chair Peter Yates AM, HRH The Duke of Kent, RiAus Director Dr Paul Willis

HRH The Duke of Kent, Patron of RiAus

HRH The Duke of Kent was born on 9 October 1935. His father was Prince George, Duke of Kent, the younger brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. His mother, Princess Marina, was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece.  The Duke’s schooling began at Ludgrove preparatory school in Berkshire. He later went on to Eton and then Le Rosey in Switzerland. The Duke of Kent assumed his Royal role while he was still at school.

In 1953, he attended the Coronation of his cousin, Queen Elizabeth II, paying homage after Prince Philip and Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester.

He has travelled widely and represented The Queen on important occasions. He has been a Counsellor of State during The Queen’s absence abroad. One of the Duke’s major public roles for many years was Vice-Chairman of British Trade International (now known as UK Trade and Investment), a position he held from 1976. The Duke retired from this role in 2001, but still retains an interest in British business at home and overseas.

He is involved as President or Patron in well over one hundred organisations, among which the most well-known are The All England Tennis and Croquet Club (Wimbledon), The Scout Association, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Royal Society, the Royal United Services Institute, the Imperial War Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

In 1961 The Duke of Kent married Miss Katharine Worsley. The Duke and Duchess have three children and eight grandchildren.

HRH delivered a speech during his visit to Adelaide on 31 January 2012 at the 2012 RiAus Benefactors dinner held at the Science Exchange (Read the speech here)

Media release – Duke returns to see great progress at RiAus 

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