His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent visited hovercraft manufacturer Griffon Hoverwork last week at the company’s manufacturing plant in Southampton. The founders of Griffin Hoverwork were part of the business which set up the world’s first ever hovercraft operation, alongside Sir Christopher Cockerel. His Royal Highness expressed a desire to visit Griffin Hoverwork after hearing of its achievements over the years as a leading exporter and innovator. His wish finally came true last week as he was taken on a tour of the factory. He met with staff and walked through the manufacturing area, where he observed the production processes.
Adrian Went, Managing Director said: “A visit from the Duke of Kent is rather special to Griffon Hoverwork. His interests bring together much of what the business stands for including; rescue, he is President of RNLI, export, in his Vice Presidency of the predecessor to the Department for International Trade and innovation and engineering in his roles at the Royal Institution and the Royal Academy of Engineering. His insight has been fascinating.”
The Duke of Kent is a cousin of Her Majesty The Queen. He is the son of Prince George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. He married Katharine Worsley in 1961 and they have three surviving children George, Earl of St Andrews (born 26 June 1962), Lady Helen Taylor (born 28 April 1964) and Lord Nicholas Windsor (born 25 July 1970) and ten grandchildren. He inherited the Dukedom of Kent in 1942 when his father was killed when his plane crashed in bad weather in Caithness. At the time of his birth, he was seventh in the line of succession to the throne of his grandfather King George V, after the birth of Princess Charlotte in 2015 he was 34th in the line of succession.