Monday, April 28, 2014

A girl for the Kents

April 28, 1964

The Duchess of Kent gave birth to a girl earlier tonight, reports the New York Times.  The Duchess is the wife of the Duke of Kent, a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.

The newborn infant weighed 7 and a half pounds.  She is 12th in line to the throne, but will move down a notch when Princess Margaret gives birth to her second child.   She is due to give birth in the next few weeks.

The Duke of Kent, who is serving with his regiment, the Royal Scots Greys, in Germany, learned of the birth in a telephone call from his mother, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent.

The 30-year-old Duchess gave birth at Coppins, the family home in Iver, Buckinghamshire.

This is the third royal birth this year.  Princess Alexandra, the Duchess' sister-in-law, gave birth to a son on February 29.  Queen Elizabeth's fourth child, Prince Edward was born on March 10.

Mother and daughter are reported to be doing well.  The baby's name was not announced.

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