Katharine Lucy Mary Worsley, later The Duchess of Kent, was born on 22 February 1933 at Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire, as the only daughter and fourth child of Sir William Arthington Worsley, 4th Baronet, and his wife, Joyce Morgan Brunner.Embed from Getty Images
Katharine Worsley at a ball at Grosvenor House in London in 1961.
Katharine met Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, the eldest son of Prince George, Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, while he was based at Catterick Camp.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, and Katharine Worsley.
Edward proposed to her with a ring consisting of “an oval sapphire with a round diamond on either side” on 9th March 1961.Embed from Getty Images
The Duke of Kent’s engagement ring is pictured on the finger of his fiancée, Katharine Worsley. It comprises a large sapphire with a single brilliant diamond on each side, mounted in platinum.Embed from Getty Images
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and his fiancée, Katharine Worsley pictured together in the gardens of Kensington Palace in London following the announcement of their engagement on 8 March 1961.
On 8 June 1961, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Katherine Worsley married at The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster.
The bride’s father, Sir William Arthington Worsley of Hovingham, 4th Baronet, escorted her.Embed from Getty Images
Miss Katherine Worsley leaves her Hovingham Hall home en route to York Minster where she married The Duke of Kent.Embed from Getty Images
Irish-London based John Cavanagh designed Miss Katherine Worsley wedding dress, which featured a stiff high neckline, long sleeeves, huge full skirt and a commanding train.
The Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe Tiara secured her veil.Embed from Getty Images
273 yards of fabric were used to make her white silk gauze dress.Embed from Getty Images
The Archbishop of York and Archbishop Elect of Canterbury Dr. Arthur Michael Ramsey (wearing mitre) conducted the marriage service.Embed from Getty Images
Watched by members of the Royal Family, Dr Arthur Michael Ramsey performed the marriage ceremony for the Duke of Kent and his bride, Miss Katherine Worsley near the altar in York Minster.Embed from Getty Images
A general view inside York Minster during the wedding.Embed from Getty Images
The best man was Prince Michael of Kent, the groom’s brother.Embed from Getty Images
Guests included actors Noël Coward and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as well as members of the British, Greek, Danish, Norwegian, Yugoslavian, Romanian and Spanish royal families.
The new Duchess of Kent curtsies in front of Her Majesty The Queen and members of the British Royal Family, during her wedding day.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess of Kent after their wedding.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and members of the Royal Family making their way out of York Minster after the wedding.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Prince Philip, The Queen and Prince Charles of Wales.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Anne and another of the bridesmaids, Miss Sandra Butter, drive away from York Minster after the wedding.
The Duke and Duchess of Kent made their way for the reception at Hovingham Hall, the home of the bride’s father.Embed from Getty Images
The new Duchess of Kent with the Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe Tiara.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
A group picture taken at Hovingham Hall, near York after the wedding. Left to Right: Princess Alexandra of Kent, Mr and Mrs Marcus Worsley; Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; Oliver Worsley; the Queen; Prince Michael of Kent; Sir William Worsley; Princess Anne; Lady Worsley; Prince Charles; the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; ; Mr and Mrs John Worsley. The bridal attendants in front are, left to right: Pages William Worsley, Edward Becket and Simon Hay; and bridesmaids Katherine Ashley Cooper, Diana Worsley, Sandra Butter , Joanna Fitzroy, the Hon. Jane Spencer, Emily Briggs and Willa Worsley.Embed from Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess of Kent.
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