SUPPORT OUR JOURNALISM: Please consider donating to keep our website running and free for all - thank you!

The Kents

Princess Alexandra celebrates her 86th birthday

Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, is celebrating her 86th birthday.

The cousin to the late Queen Elizabeth, who was born on December 25 1936, is marking the occasion at home with her family.

Despite now being in her mid-eighties, Her Royal Highness still maintains a busy diary of engagements.

Alexandra is the Patron of over 100 organisations and has been carrying out duties on behalf of monarch for seven decades.

The 86-year-old has been a pillar in upholding her royal duties, with the late Queen relying on her cousin’s support and attendance. Alexandra has discreetly and faithfully carried out her duties for many decades. Even after the death of her husband in 2004, HRH insisted on maintaining a full schedule.

Princess Alexandra has a unique place in royal history. When she was born, she was the last royal baby to have had her birth witnessed by an official political observer.

Sir John Simon, the Home Secretary at the time, was present when Princess Marina gave birth to baby Alexandra on Christmas Day 86-years ago.

Following the birth of Alexandra, the practice was deemed unnecessary by King George VI, and there is now no need to require the attendance of a politician to ensure the legitimacy of royal births.

The change was made before the then Princess Elizabeth gave birth to the then Prince Charles in 1948. Charles was the first member of The Royal Family to have been born without a government observer, enabling the royals to have a greater degree of privacy.