Who is Princess Alexandra? Queen’s cousin attends state funeral

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Princess Alexandra attended the Queen’s funeral (Yui Mok /Getty Images)
Princess Alexandra attended the Queen’s funeral (Yui Mok /Getty Images)

Princess Alexandra was one of Queen Elizabeth II’s four cousins to attend her state funeral.

She was present alongside her brothers Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, and Prince Michael of Kent, and the queen’s other cousin, Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester.

Extended members of the Royal Family have attended events throughout the mourning period since the Queen’s death on September 8, including her cousins.

The Duke of Gloucester was among the royals who walked behind the Queen’s coffin as it was taken from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.

But who is the Queen’s cousin, Princess Alexandra?

Who is Princess Alexandra?

Princess Alexandra was born Alexandra Helen Elizabeth Olga Christabel, on December 25, 1936.

Her parents are the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and her uncle was King George VI, meaning that Queen Elizabeth II was her cousin. Princess Alexandra has two brothers, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, and Prince Michael of Kent.

Princess Alexandra married Angus Ogilvy on April 24, 1963, at Westminster Abbey. Royal family members attended the wedding, including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, King Charles III, the Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret.

Her brother, the Duke of Kent, gave her away, as her father died when she was just five years old.

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Princess Alexandra and Sir Angus Ogilvy had two children together, James and Marina, though they do not carry out official royal duties. Her husband died on December 26, 2004, after a long illness.

Princess Alexandra was created a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in 1960, and made a Knight of the Order of the Garter (KG) in 2003.

The Queen’s cousin is a working member of the Royal Family, and a patron or president of more than 100 organisations that reflect her wide-ranging interests, from the arts to health care.

She also supported the Queen throughout her reign and attended important events, such as the annual Trooping the Colour and remembrance events.