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Queen Elizabeth's 1st Cousin Is Among 30 Guests Invited to Funeral — Who Is Princess Alexandra?

Olowokandi Fiyin
Apr 17, 2021
01:50 A.M.

Queen Elizabeth's 1st cousin, Princess Alexandra, is among the thirty guests invited to Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday. The honorable lady Ogilvy is a working royal who serves as a patron to several organizations.

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Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth, has been listed as one of the 30 guests allowed to attend Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday, April 17. She is a working member of the royal family.

Although the senior royal often keeps a low profile, Alexandra is reportedly one of the remaining few royals present at the Queen's wedding to late Prince Philip on November 20, 1947.

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy at the royal procession on day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy at the royal procession on day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

HER ROYAL WORK

Per the royal website, Princess Alexandra currently serves as a patron of over 100 charities that span health care, welfare, and arts. She also attends ceremonial events, assisting the Queen in carrying out Head of State duties.

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A lady-in-waiting would accompany the Queen to Prince Philip's funeral.

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Some of the healthcare-focused organizations close to the heart of The Honourable Lady Ogilvy include the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the Florence Nightingale Foundation, St. Christopher's Hospice, and Alzheimer's Society.

Alexandra is famous for her work with the blind, serves as the patron of Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. She is also the president of Alexandra Rose Charities, which helps raise money for hospitals through the sale of roses.

ALEXANDRA'S CHILDHOOD AND PERSONAL LIFE

Alexandra was born on December 25, 1936, to Prince George and Princess Marina, the late Duke and Duchess of Kent. At 11, she became the first British royal to attend school rather than be homeschooled.

Princess Alexandra of Kent and Angus James Ogilvy on their wedding day on April 24, 1963 | Photo: Getty Images

Princess Alexandra of Kent and Angus James Ogilvy on their wedding day on April 24, 1963 | Photo: Getty Images

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In April 1963, at 27 years old, Alexandra tied the knot to businessman Sir Angus Ogilvy at an elaborate ceremony held at Westminster Abbey. The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and the Queen Mother were all in attendance.

A young Princess Anne reportedly served as her chief bridesmaid. Alexandra and Sir Angus were married for 41 years until his demise in 2004. The renowned businessman died after a long illness.

HER CHILDREN

The Princess and sir Angus welcomed two children during their marriage — son James born in 1964 and daughter Marin born in 1966. The kids weren't born with a royal title and didn't carry out royal duties.

Princess Alexandra at a reception to celebrate the patronages of the Princess, in the year of her 80th birthday at Buckingham Palace on November 29, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

Princess Alexandra at a reception to celebrate the patronages of the Princess, in the year of her 80th birthday at Buckingham Palace on November 29, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

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Last October, Alexandra's granddaughter, Flora Alexandra Ogilvy, walked down the aisle with her partner Timothy Vesterberg in St. James Palace. The 25-year-old shared the great news on Instagram, showcasing her wedding dress.

MORE FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

A recent update shared by Buckingham Palace revealed that a lady-in-waiting would accompany the Queen to Prince Philip's funeral. The identity of the lady-in-waiting hasn't been announced.

However, it was stated that the assistant wouldn't be allowed to enter the venue because of the 30-guest restriction. The monarch will be ushered from Windsor Castle to St. George's Chapel and, upon arriving, would sit by herself.

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