Lady Helen Taylor

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Lady Helen Taylor
Born (1964-04-28) 28 April 1964 (age 51)
Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire
Occupation Business representative
Spouse(s) Timothy Taylor
Children Columbus Taylor
Cassius Taylor
Eloise Taylor
Estella Taylor
Parent(s) Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
Katharine, Duchess of Kent

Lady Helen Marina Lucy Taylor (née Windsor; born 28 April 1964) is a first cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II, and a great-granddaughter of King George V.

Early life and youth[edit]

Born at Coppins, a country house in Iver, Buckinghamshire, Lady Helen is the only daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent. She was educated at Eton End PNEU School in Datchet then at St Mary's School, Wantage, and Gordonstoun. Between 1987 and 1991, Lady Helen worked with the art dealer Karsten Schubert and confessed in a television interview that she had turned down representing artist Damien Hirst.

Marriage and children[edit]

Once nicknamed "Melons" by the popular press,[1] she married, on 18 July 1992, Timothy Verner Taylor (b. 8 August 1963), an art dealer and the eldest son of Commander Michael Verner Taylor, RN and Susan Geraldine Percy.[2] They married at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. The bride wore a Catherine Walker design [3] inspired by the architecture of the wedding venue.[4][unreliable source?]

Lady Helen and her husband have four children, who immediately follow her in the line of succession:

  • Columbus George Donald Taylor (born 6 August 1994)
  • Cassius Edward Taylor (born 26 December 1996)
  • Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (born 2 March 2003)
  • Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (born 21 December 2004)

Public role[edit]

As a minor member of the royal family, Lady Helen performs no official functions, but she does attend family events such as royal weddings and Trooping the Colour. In 2012, she attended the Jubilee Celebrations.

She is a patron of the CLIC Sargent children's cancer charity.[5] Her husband is a cancer survivor.[6] She is a supporter of the Conservative Party.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ People Magazine Archive: Windsor Castle Lights Up with Lasers as the 'queenyboppers'—four Royal Cousins—turn 21 July 08, 1985 Vol. 24 No. 2 "Lady Helen Windsor, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, is known as "Melons" because of her ample proportions." & "True to form, Lady Helen—"Melons"—was at the center of the party's only controversy. Her ex-boyfriend, Oakes, crashed the event and was escorted out by police."
  2. ^ http://thepeerage.com/p10558.htm#i105577
  3. ^ "'Iconic royal wedding gowns". Harpers Bazaar. 
  4. ^ Order of Splendor: Lady Helen Taylor's gown http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/wedding-wednesday-lady-helen-taylors.html
  5. ^ http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/Aboutus/Mediacentre/Latestnews/Midsummerpartyraises400000
  6. ^ Mills, James. "The day Lady Helen cracked". London: Daily Mail. 

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British royalty
Preceded by
Louis Windsor
or
Lady Amelia Windsor1
Line of succession to the British throne
granddaughter of George, son of George V
Succeeded by
Columbus Taylor
Notes and references
1. Some sources exclude Louis Windsor (and his elder brothers Albert and Leopold) from the line of succession because they were baptised in the Roman Catholic faith.