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Michael of Kent

Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent is the younger child of the late Baron Gunther von Reibnitz and his wife, the late Marianne, née Countess Szapary.  She was born near Carlsbad in Bohemia on the estate of her maternal grandmother Princess Hedwig zu Windisch - Graetz and descends from ancient European lineage on both sides of her Family.  

Having lived in Austria, Australia and on her father’s farm in Mozambique, the Princess moved to London from Vienna to continue her historical studies, including the History of Fine and Decorative Art at the V&A and subsequently formed her own interior design company, Szapar Designs.  

She married His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, the first cousin of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in Vienna in 1978 and they have two children, Lord Frederick Windsor and Lady Gabriella Windsor.

Her Royal Highnesses undertake over 200 public and charitable engagements annually as royal Patrons or Presidents for more than 100 charities and other not-for-profit organizations, which they support independently.  Both speak a number of languages and are active in several different sectors and countries which reflect their interests, not least in Russia, they also support the promotion of British business and exports overseas.  

Princess Michael has taken on a number of new commissions for lectures and decorating and has joined Gmurzynska Galerie in Zurich as their International Ambassador. The Gallery specialises in Contemporary and Modern Art as well as Impressionists and the Russian Avant-Garde.

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Her Royal Highness has an abiding love of history and the arts and since her marriage has written three historical biographies, all of which were bestsellers and translated worldwide: “Crowned in a Far Country: Eight Royal Brides”; “Cupid and the King: Five Royal Paramours”, and “The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King”. A mini television series of this last book is currently being negotiated.


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