A message from HRH The Duke of Kent

Patron of The P G Wodehouse Society (UK)

HRH The Duke of Kent is the son of Prince George, Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina, and also a cousin to Queen Elizabeth. He graduated from Sandhurst in 1955, and for more than 20 years he combined his Royal duties with a career in the British Army. In 1961 The Duke of Kent married Katharine Worsley, with whom he has three children. Though he technically retired from the Army in 1976, he was promoted to Field Marshal in 1993 and still holds a number of senior positions, visiting his regiments on a regular basis. With enthusiasm and a tireless energy, he has carried out his innumerable public duties at home and abroad, both for the Queen and on behalf of the many organisations with which he is involved. The Duke of Kent is a patron of more than 100 diverse charities and organisations, and The P G Wodehouse Society (UK) is honoured to be one of them.

An enthusiastic Wodehousean, he has demonstrated an obvious theatrical flair by taking part in the evening’s entertainment at Society dinners on many occasions. Below is a message from him:

"I was first introduced to P G Wodehouse at school and I remember that the first Wodehouse I read was Joy in the Morning.

“The Jeeves and Wooster stories have always been favourites, as have those concerning Blandings Castle. Wodehouse has a unique way of expressing himself which to me is inherently humorous; both from the situations which he creates, some of them ludicrously complex, and the actual language which contains so many memorable phrases and so much vivid imagery. Having been an avid Wodehouse reader now for over 60 years, I still get as much pleasure from reading and re-reading his novels as I did when I read the first one, and I feel proud to be Patron of the Society which is named after this great writer."