Lady Helen Taylor

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Lady Helen Taylor
Born Helen Marina Lucy Windsor
(1964-04-28) 28 April 1964 (age 53)
Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire, England
Occupation Business representative
Spouse(s) Timothy Taylor (m. 1992)
Children Columbus Taylor
Cassius Taylor
Eloise Taylor
Estella Taylor
Parent(s) Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
Katharine Worsley

Lady Helen Marina Lucy Taylor (née Windsor; born 28 April 1964) is a daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and his wife Katharine, Duchess of Kent, and a great-granddaughter of King George V. She is a first cousin once removed of Elizabeth II. She is currently 40th in line of succession to the British Throne.

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. She was nicknamed "Melons" by the popular press.[1]

Marriage and children[edit]

On 18 July 1992, Lady Helen married 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) – He is currently 41st in line.
  • Cassius Edward Taylor (born 26 December 1996) – He is currently 42nd in line.
  • Eloise Olivia Katherine Taylor (born 2 March 2003) – She is currently 43rd in line.
  • Estella Olga Elizabeth Taylor (born 21 December 2004) – She is currently 44th in line.

Charity work[edit]

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



  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. ^ "- Person Page 10558". Retrieved 2016-03-21. 
  3. ^ "'Iconic royal wedding gowns". Harpers Bazaar. 
  4. ^ Order of Splendor: Lady Helen Taylor's gown
  5. ^ "CLIC Sargent – Caring for Children and Young People with Cancer : Midsummer party raises £400,000 for children and young people with cancer". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2016-03-21. 
  6. ^ Mills, James. "The day Lady Helen cracked". London: Daily Mail. 

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Lady Helen Taylor
Born: 28 April 1964
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Louis Windsor
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.