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Queen's strongest support was oldest living royal who is part of secret organisation
Queen's death at the ripe old age of 96, her cousin Prince Edward the Duke of Kent has taken on the mantle of oldest royal.The 87-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday (October 9) was born in Belgrave Square, London, in 1935.He is the son of Prince George and Princess Marina, The Duke and Duchess of Kent and is the grandson of King George V and Queen Mary, the Daily Mirror reports.READ MORE: North Wales council refuses to accept 'oppressive' William as Prince of WalesHis father died in an RAF plane crash in Caithness, Scotland, during World War Two in 1942, with Edward inheriting his titles of Duke of Kent, Earl of St Andrews and Baron Downpatrick.His life is not without intrigue either, having been educated at Ludgrove Prep School, Eton College, and then at the Le Rosey Institute in Switzerland before embarking on a 20 year military career.He is the eldest of three children, with younger sister Princess Alexandra born on Christmas Day in 1936 and his younger brother, Prince Michael of Kent, born in 1942.The Duke married Katharine Worsley on June 8, 1961, at York Minster and had three children: George, Earl of St Andrews, Lady Helen Taylor, and Lord Nicholas Windsor.They have no fewer than 10 grandchildren, including the Lord Downpatrick and fashion model Lady Amelia Windsor.One of the biggest scandal his immediate family have faced was the Duchess of Kent converting to Catholicism in 1994 which was a controversial move as Catholics are forbidden from being in line to the throne.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.In the Bill of Rights of 1689 Parliament declared that no future monarch could be a Catholic or be married to a Catholic and the law
Brit hanged in Qatar hotel had been 'tortured by secret police' during three-week ordeal
Qatar's 'secret police' before his death.Found dead in the Curve Hotel in Doha on Christmas Day in 2019, Marc Bennett, 52, a travel industry executive, had told his friends before his death that the secret police had detained and tortured him.Mr Bennett moved to the Gulf in 2012 and was headhunted to become senior vice-president at Discover Qatar, to increase the nation's tourism industry for the 2022 World Cup that begins in November.READ MORE: Britain's best police dog honoured after dragging suspect from hedge by genitalsIn October 2019, he announced his resignation from the company and was reported to the police under the accusation that he had sent "highly confidential documents" to an external email address.According to a former colleague, Mr Bennett's resignation was taken as a "massive insult".The final weeks of his life were marred by the poor treatment he had suffered after his arrest.Following his arrest at the Qatar Airways Office, he was handcuffed and blindfolded before being transported to a state security detention centre.Having been released from the detention centre three weeks later, Mr Bennett listed what he had undergone including being stripped of his clothes, sprayed with a high pressure hose and being subjected to methods of sleep deprivation.His death had been labelled as suicide, but a coroner in the UK said that Mr Bennett showed "no specific evidence of suicidal intent" before his death, adding that "the circumstances of the months leading up to his death remain unclear".The night before he died, he was on a video call, "laughing and joking" with his wife Nancy and their children and despite his death being ruled a suicide, Mr Bennett did not leave a suicide note.To stay up to date with all
‘George Michael Freedom Uncut’ to be released as a global cinema event
George Michael called Freedom Uncut will be screened in cinemas worldwide this summer.George Michael Freedom Uncut will track the artist’s life after the release of his 1987 solo album ‘Faith’, including the making of his 1990 follow-up ‘Listen Without Prejudice: Vol 1’.The film will include exclusive personal archival footage, as well as performances and interviews with many of Michael’s favourite artists.Michael passed away at the age of 53 on Christmas Day in 2016.“George Michael was an inspiring artist whose story deserves to be shared on the big screen globally,” Tom Mackay, President of Premium Content at Sony Music Entertainment, said in a statement of the new film.“In honour of George’s birthday this June, we are thrilled to be working with David Austin and our partners at Trafalgar Releasing to bring fans unprecedented access to his extraordinary life both on and off stage.” Marc Allenby, CEO of Trafalgar Releasing, added: “We are proud to be bringing George Michael’s final work to the big screen in this global cinema event.“As an artist whose music continues to resonate across generations, this event will be a fitting tribute to George’s life and career, giving fans the opportunity to celebrate communally in cinemas worldwide.”George Michael Freedom Uncut will be released as a global cinema event on June 22.