Thursday, December 20, 2012
Prince George, Duke of Kent (George Edward Alexander Edmund) was born on December 20, 1902, at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England. He was the fourth son of King George V and Queen Mary, and younger brother of King Edward VIII (who abdicated the throne in 1936) and King George VI, father of Elizabeth II. Before and after his marriage to his third cousin, Prince George had a string of affairs with women and men, from socialites to Hollywood celebrities, including prolific author Barbara Cartland and (apparently) multi-talented playwright Noel Coward. He is said to have been addicted to drugs, particularly morphine and cocaine. One of his illegitimate children is believed to have been the first husband of Lee Radziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He died in the crash of a flying boat in Scotland, while serving in the Royal Air Force in 1942.