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The Duke of Kent visits the Cathedral where he married 56 years ago

The Duke of Kent visited York Minster on Wednesday – the very same building he got married in 56 years ago.

The Duke, who is the first cousin to Her Majesty The Queen, visited the Cathedral as part of a wider visit to the city of York.

During his visit to York Minster, His Royal Highness was given a guided tour of the Cathedral by volunteer guide Dr John Gough. He later viewed historical items held in a collection at the Minster.

Among these items were photographs of his marriage to Katharine Worsley, who became the Duchess of Kent upon marriage. Also in the collection was an order of service as well as altar cushions from the wedding.

Photo Credit: Anthony Chappel-Ross

The Duke’s engagement to Katharine was announced in March 1961, and they married on 8 June that year in York Minster, the first royal wedding there since Edward III married in 1328.

Katherine wore a wedding dress designed by John Cavanagh (who also designed Princess Alexandra’s wedding dress) with a 15-foot train edged in satin, and a small tiara owned by Queen Mary.

The Dean of York, The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, said: “We were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent back to York Minster, where he was married 56 years ago.

Photo Credit: Anthony Chappel-Ross

“Many parts of the 800-year-old cathedral will have been familiar to him, but it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to show him the results of recent conservation and restoration projects, including the work on the 15th century Great East Window, which will be completed next year.”

As well as visiting York Minster on his tour of the city, the Duke also visited the Jorvik Viking Centre as well as the York Mosque and Islamic Centre.

  • Lynn Taylor

    A trip down memory lane for him….

  • Pamela Traves

    I remember his marriage- it can’t be that long ago?!

  • bearzy123

    Where was Katharine ??

    • Kathy Ames

      The Duchess of Kent withdrew from public life some years ago and no longer carries out formal engagements.

  • Chatty Kathy

    Katherine may have worn a tiara, but it was not owned by Queen Mary as she had been dead for 8 years!

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