Wednesday, January 25, 2017

George and Marina pose for photo on doorstep

January 25, 1937

The Duke and Duchess of Kent "appeared together in public today for the first time since the birth of their daughter," and posed for photographs,  reports the New York Times.

The appearance of the royal couple was interpreted in some quarters as a gesture" to "scotch rumors" that the duke and duchess are "planning a divorce."

All of London's evening newspapers carried the photo.   The caption was largely the same for all the papers.  The Duchess of Kent had taken her "first outing" since giving birth to the couple's daughter on Christmas morning.    She and her husband, who is the youngest brother of King George VI, posed on the steps of their home in Belgrave Square.

Without the "absence of any other comment," the newspapers are trying to "find the best way" to handle the gossip about the duke and duchess' "marital relations" that have been "floating around London for so long."

The rumors of strife in the royal marriage continued even after "spontaneous denials of a rift between them."   The press has decided that "silence is the best policy."

The photos given "mute evidence" that all is well between the Duke and Duchess if Kent.

The Duke of Kent married Princess Marina of Greece on November 29, 1934 at Westminster Abbey.   Their first child, Prince Edward of Kent, was born on October 8, 1935.

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