Prince Michael of Kent has been honoured as Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I for his work in sustainable developments.
He was granted the title by HRH Prince Charles of Bourbon of the Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro and Grand Master of the Dynastic Orders earlier this month.
Anyone picked for the Royal Order of Francis I would have to be distinguished in the fields of the arts, diplomacy or sciences. The difference between the Royal Order of Francis I and the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St.George are the latter must also be a part of the Roman Catholic faith.
Prince Micheal of Kent joins an impressive list of Knights and Dames of the Order, including 14 Heads of State and many more Cardinals on top of the “Archbishop of Canterbury, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, S.E. Ban Ki Moon, David Rockefeller Jr., and three Nobel Peace Prize winners: Rigoberta Menchú, S.E. Former Costa Rican President Oscar Sanchez and Archbishop Desmond Tutu” according to the announcement made on Prince Charles of Bourbon of the Two Sicilies’ website.
Prince Charles, Duke of Castro is head of the Royal House that ruled over southern Italy from 1734 to 1861, on 31 October 1998 he married Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro. Together they have two daughters, Princess Maria Carolina, Duchess of Calabria and Palermo and Princess Maria Chiara, Duchess of Capri. They live between Monte Carlo and Paris.
“As Grand Master of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, he promotes and coordinates the humanitarian and cultural activities of this ancient knightly order.”
Prince Micheal of Kent is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth, and 45th-in-line to the British throne. He and his wife, Princess Michael of Kent represent Her Majesty on some engagements. He also owns his own consultancy business.