She is perhaps not the best known member of the Royal Family.
But the Duchess of Kent has nevertheless remained a firm favourite, with the emergence of details about her secret double life away from royal duties helping to further endear her to the public.
Married to the the Queen’s cousin Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent for 50 years, she stepped back from formal royal duties in the 1990s, and in 2002 wrote to The Queen to rescind the ‘Her Royal Highness’ title granted to her upon marriage.
It stands in stark contrast to the more recent departure of another royal Duchess, Meghan Markle, whose interview with Oprah Winfrey has rocked the establishment.
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Instead, The Duchess of Kent’s life has been one of quiet dignity and a double life with a second identity, leading her to become a teacher in the heart of Hull.
She asks that people do not refer to her as the Duchess of Kent, but Katharine Kent instead.
It was speculated at the time of her stepping back that ill health had prevent the Duchess, now 88, from attending royal engagements, but it later came to light she was teaching at a local primary school in Hull.
For over 13 years she taught at Wansbeck Primary in west Hull, where she educated children in her greatest passion – music.
After a visit to the school in 1996, she offered to help boost the school’s arts…