British Royalty. Born George Edward Alexander Edmund Saxe-Coburg and Gotha at York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, the fourth son of George V and Mary von Teck. In 1917 during the height of anti-German sentiment in WWI Britain, his name was legally changed to George Edward Alexander Edmund Windsor. He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Garter in 1923; as a Knight Grand Cross, Royal Victorian Order in 1924; earned the rank of Lieutenant in 1926 in the Royal Navy, but was invalided out of the service in 1929 due to violent and chronic seasickness. He was invested as a Knight Grand Cross, Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1934. He was created 1st Duke of Kent in October 1934 upon his marriage to Princess Marina of Greece. The couple had three children. He developed an interest in aviation and become the first member of the royal family to fly across the Atlantic. With Britain's entry into World War II, the Duke rejoined the Navy in the Intelligence Division. In 1940 he transferred to the Royal Air Force, where he served in the Training Command, and later as the Air Commodore of the department of Inspector General. In August 1942 his Mark 3 Sunderland took off from Invergordon, Scotland. About half an hour take-off, the plane crashed into the side of Eagle's Rock in Caithness, Scotland. The Duke died instantly. The crash was later attributed to pilot error. The Duke was initially buried at St Georges Chapel in Windsor, but twenty-six years later his remains were moved to a plot near the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore. A memorial cross was erected at the crash site on Eagle's Rock.
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