Princess Alexandra was born on Christmas Day 1936 at 3, Belgrave Square, her family’s London home. She is the second child and only daughter of the late Duke and Duchess of Kent (her brothers are the present Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent). Much of Her Royal Highness’s childhood was spent at the Duke and Duchess of Kent’s country home, Coppins, in Buckinghamshire. Her father was killed in a wartime flying accident in 1942 when she was just five years old. The Princess was Chancellor of the University of Lancaster from 1964-2004. She has received honorary law doctorates from Queensland, Hong Kong, Mauritius and Liverpool Universities, as well as an honorary doctorate of music from the University of Lancaster.She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the Royal College of Physicians. She was created a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in 1960, and made a Lady of the Order of the Garter (KG) in 2003. Princess Alexandra is a working member of the Royal Family. This means that she undertakes engagements both in her own right, as a member of the Royal Family and Patron of numerous charities and organisations, and in support of The Queen and Her Majesty’s duties. The activities undertaken by the Princess therefore vary greatly, and range from visits to local hospitals and charities, to State occasions.