Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent is considered to be one of the most stylish members of the British Royal family.
The Royals, with the British Royals, in particular, have always been an important part of British culture. But the world’s fascination with them seems to grow by the week. The public always welcomes the chance to catch glimpses of the royal family. But one, more rarely seen member of the family has been a fan favourite for many years thanks to her style and beauty.
Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent was born into a life of luxury and public service but there is an almost statuesque beauty about her that appeals to most. Although she is most well known for being a part of the Royals, Princess Michael of Kent is also an accomplished interior designer, author and art consultant. So here are some things you might not know about her:
She was previously married
The Princess is a member of the royal family by way of marriage. The former baroness married the grandson of King George V, Prince Michael of Kent, back in 1978 shortly after her divorce. Before she became Princess Michael of Kent, she was married to her first husband, Thomas Troubridge, who was then a British banker and younger brother of Sir Peter Troubridge, 6th Baronet.
The two separated in 1973 but did not get divorced until 1977. This divorce occurred a month before her wedding to Prince Michael of Kent was scheduled to occur. In order for the two to get married, Princess Michael of Kent, the first cousin of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I, was forced to give up his right to the succession of the throne given that that Princess Micheal of Kent was a Catholic. Together the couple has two children; Lord Frederick Windsor and Lady Gabriella Windsor.
Her father, Baron Günther Hubertus von Reibnitz, was a well-known Nazi
Her Royal Highness is descended from numerous branches of European nobility. Princess Michael of Kent was born Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz in 1945. She was born in a German-populated town known as Carlsbad, which is today part of the Czech Republic.
Her father, Baron Günther von Reibnitz, was a member of the Nazi party, which he joined in 1930 as a major in SS Cavalry Corps. Her mother was Countess Maria Anna Szapáry von Muraszombath.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent receives no public money
Both the Prince and Princess do not receive any public money. Despite this, the couple undertakes on average over 200 public working engagements for the not-for-profit sector. This exceptional amount of engagements and contributions are all funded from their own private household.
Both her and her husband, Prince Michael, are well-known philanthropists. As a couple, they support a wide array of charities and organizations all over the world. Prince Michael alone is involved in around 100 charities and organisations, including being Patron for a large number of these. Although most well known as an author, the Princess serve as one of the global leaders in the conservation of cheetahs. She has been appointed as a patron for Namibia’s Cheetah Conservation Fund.
Princess Michael is also actively involved in around 45 different charities and organisations. These include animal and wildlife trusts and health and welfare charities. Reflecting her interest in the arts, she is also involved in the work of many cultural institutions in various countries. These include being Patron of the London Arts Orchestra and of The Budapest Festival Orchestra.