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Summary

The insights and memories of a member of the British Royal Family—HRH The Duke of Kent—in conversation with Hugo Vickers about some of the key events of his life and The Queen's reign.

HRH The Duke of Kent has been at the heart of the British Royal Family throughout his life. As a working member of the Royal Family, he has supported his cousin, The Queen, representing her at home and abroad. His royal duties began when, in 1952, at the age of 16, he walked in the procession behind King George VI's coffin, later paying homage to The Queen at her coronation in 1953. Since then, he has witnessed and participated in key royal occasions. He represented The Queen at independence ceremonies from the age of 25, he was riding with her when blanks were fired at Trooping the Colour in 1981, he was the oldest soldier on parade at Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in November 2020 and he was alongside The Queen at her official birthday celebrations in June 2021 as colonel of the Scots Guards. 

No member of the Royal Family has spoken extensively of the modern reign and their part in it before. A Royal Life is a unique account based on a series of conversations between the duke and acclaimed royal historian Hugo Vickers. It covers some of the most important moments and experiences of the duke's life, from his upbringing at his family home Coppins in Buckinghamshire, his 21 years of army life, his royal tours and events, through to his work for over 140 different organisations, including presenting the trophies at Wimbledon for more than 50 years. Here, too, are recollections of family members including his mother, Princess Marina; his grandmother, Queen Mary; his cousin, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and his uncle, King George VI.

Other members of the Royal Family contribute their memories, including his wife, the Duchess of Kent, the duke's siblings, Princess Alexandra and Prince Michael of Kent, his son, the Earl of St Andrews, his daughter, Lady Helen Taylor as well as his cousins, Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, Archduchess Helen of Austria and her brother, Hans Veit Toerring. 

A Royal Life is an unprecedented, insightful and remarkable slice of royal history.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2022 HRH The Duke of Kent and Hugo Vickers (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Fascinating.

A lovely book about a very charming and dutiful prince. He has earned great respect for his loyal service to The Queen. I loved the different voices reading the various people in his life. I so much enjoyed it.

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Fascinating insight into Royal life.

The narration is well done and gives colour to a lot of facts and names. The book describes a way of life that is both fascinating and nowadays anachronistic. It provides an absorbing account of someone who has dedicated his life to public (or “Royal” as he describes it) service to the Queen and the nation. I had no idea of how close the cousins were growing up and how many things they all did as part of their duties. The different names and titles can make it difficult to place everyone unless you have a mind for family relationships (which I don’t) or you listen with a family tree beside you. The Audible book helpfully includes several such trees and some nice photographs. Overall it was very enjoyable, informative and entertaining.

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  • 05-06-22

A great book

A wonderful book that I found to be developmental and maturative for a young man coming of age such as myself. I found this book to be relatable and professionally written. I further highly recommend this book.