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For eight brief years, before he was tragically killed in a mysterious air crash during the Second World War, Prince George, Duke of Kent, son of King George V and Queen Mary, and his beautiful wife, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, were the British monarchy’s, indeed, high society’s, most glamorous royal couple; and as golden royal icons they are still remembered. AFor eight brief years, before he was tragically killed in a mysterious air crash during the Second World War, Prince George, Duke of Kent, son of King George V and Queen Mary, and his beautiful wife, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, were the British monarchy’s, indeed, high society’s, most glamorous royal couple; and as golden royal icons they are still remembered. As a young man, voraciously addicted to drugs and sex, with men as much as women, marriage and parenthood for the impetuously wayward playboy prince, with his night-clubbing lifestyle and intimate liaisons, was seen as the only stabilizing influence. Enter the stylish and sophisticated Princess Marina, the cultured, artistic and multilingual youngest daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and his Russian-born wife, Grand Duchess Yelena Vladimirovna. As Duke and Duchess of Kent, George and Marina were the Crown’s most glittering representatives, not least in the aftermath of the Abdication of George’s adored elder brother, the briefly-reigned King Edward VIII; the man with whom he had not only shared both home and high-flying lifestyles, but who had helped cure him of his addiction to morphine and cocaine.On and off duty, the Duke and Duchess lived life to the full, and after George’s untimely death, Marina continued to do so during the twenty-six years of her widowhood. Revisiting his 1988 best-selling biography, George and Marina: Duke and Duchess of Kent, Christopher Warwick, in this revised and partly re-written study, tells their story anew....

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  • Jean Poulos
    2019-04-28 02:19

    The book has more information about Marina than George, but, of course, she lived longer. Marina (1906-1968) was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece/Denmark and Grand Duchess Elena Vladiminovna of Russia. Prince George, Duke of Kent (1902-1942), was the fourth son and fifth child of King George V and Queen Mary. He was the younger brother of King Edward VII (who abdicated) and King George VI (Queen Elizabeth’s father). George attended the Royal Naval College Dartmouth and served in the Royal Navy until 1929. In 1939, he was appointed Governor General of Australia but this was cancelled because of the onset of WWII. George returned to the Navy as a Rear Admiral. In 1940, he changed to the Air Force and assumed a post at the RAF Training Command. He Married Marina 12 October 1934, and they had three children. Apparently, before and after his marriage he had a string of affairs. He died 25 August 1942 in a RAF plane crash in Scotland. There is a lot of mystery about his death.Marina’s mother was a granddaughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia. Her paternal uncle was Prince Andrew of Greece the father of Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband. Marina was eleven when they fled Greece when the Monarchy was overthrown. The King appointed her the Commandant of the WRENS (Women’s Royal Naval Service). She served in this role well into the 1960s. Queen Elizabeth frequently sent her to Africa. She was sent to Botswana when they became independent. Botswana named a hospital after her called the Princess Marina Hospital. She died in 1968 of a brain tumor.The book was well written and researched. A lot of information about the Royal Families of England and Greece/Denmark was provided. If one is interested in the Royal Families or WWII history, this is a good book to read. Much of the book I found interesting, but, at times, I was bored with the descriptions of gowns and jewels.I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book was seven and half hours long. Gildart Jackson did a good job narrating the book. Jackson is a British award-winning actor and audiobook narrator. This is my first experience listening to Jackson narrate. I will keep an eye open for more books he has narrated.

  • Nate
    2019-05-16 23:08

    Marina was the big focus of this book with a few chapters in the middle devoted solely to George, and a chapter or two on their marriage. She was quite racy after George's death for the time and for royal women. I didn't like the lack of citations, as some statements without quotes seemed to be of dubious origin. George's partying was addressed-thank god- which some royal biographers would probably have steered clear of. Not bad if you are interested in them, but not for anyone looking for an entertaining biography

  • Raine
    2019-05-22 21:12

    If you want to read about 7,000 people who share the same 8 names, do I have a book for you!This was more about the surrounding royalty than it was about Marina and George. It obviously touched on their life together but honestly, it was 85% other people whom the book focused on.I find royalty to be obscene, ridiculous, and utterly fascinating, but this book casually brushed over some of the most important moments in the last century and read kind of like a royal gossip twitter feed. It wouldn’t have suffered from more focus, a linear structure, and the world would be better with fewer Georges/Edwards/Elizabeths.

  • Carolyn Harris
    2019-05-10 02:10

    The book provided an overview of George and Marina's lives and their place within their wider extended families. Warwick provides an especially detailed account of Marina's connections to Europe's royal houses, particularly the Romanovs. Both of Marina's grandmothers made narrow escapes from the Russian Revolution. Marina's fashion sense and George's flair for interior decoration are also covered. I would have been interested to read more detail and a broader range of sources about their Commonwealth tours, especially George in Canada during WWII and Marina in Ghana. Interesting but could have been more detailed.

  • Sharyn
    2019-05-23 04:19

    Thanks to Rhys Bowen's Her Royal spyness series, I became interested in George, Duke of Kent, who I knew nothing about. This was a fascinating biography and it was fun to see all the real characters that show.up in the fiction book. If you are a fan of Royalty, this is a must read. The Duchess of Kent, Marina, a cousin to Prince Phillip was a beautiful, much loved woman in her own right. All of European royalty is interconnected , and the trials and tribulations of WW11 affected them all. One of the reasons I love historical fiction, is because it leads me to learn historical facts.

  • Simone
    2019-05-24 00:00

    This was the biography of all the people AROUND George and Marina; I don’t really feel like I learned many details about G&M's lives…. Not a lot to say I guess.It was a litany of names and dates and sadly I was confused from start to finish - I am familiar with the British Royal Family and the various branches of that tree, but NOT the Greek one!!!

  • Mary
    2019-05-09 03:22

    A very interesting and enjoyable read about the life of the Kents, who I didn't know very much about.

  • Kathryn Kirby
    2019-05-09 03:06

    must readvery interesting book I found some other subjects to read from this book, I recommend this book. a must read

  • Deborah Hill
    2019-05-16 01:19

    Strictly for history buffs who are particularly interested in the British Royal Family.

  • Rosemary Hazard
    2019-05-06 01:13

    An interesting book of two people who were the media darlings of their time; young, royal, good looking, elegant, and part of the party scene, the Duke and Duchess of Kent embodied the British version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's of glittering society types. Marina, who I knew very little about, was fleshed out a bit more but I always felt like I was glimpsing her through a window by the author's narrative, and she was a rather normal person who lived an anything but normal life. George, the Duke of Kent, was an interesting and seemingly conflicted man who danced between duty and finding a purpose to his life, only to have that life ended too early. It would have been interesting to see how the rest of his life would have played out had he not died tragically young.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-25 21:17

    Good, but not comprehensive by any means. More about Marina than George.

  • Gina Basham
    2019-05-21 01:18

    An extraordinary lifeI love reading about royalty that served the monarchy as ambassadors of the crown. She was an exceptional woman and loved by all who knew her. As always Christopher Warwick brings his subjects to life in a way that you feel you know them. I will continue reading his biographies. I would highly recommend. Gbash