Prince Michael of Kent, the Queen’s cousin, was in good spirits as he attended the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert at the Royal Albert Hall tonight.
The 79-year-old smiled as he shook hands with performers ahead of the event in London, which was held by SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.
The royal, who opted for a smart navy suit with a red tie for the occasion, met with Sophie Raworth ahead of the concert, and could be seen shaking hands with soprano Laura Wright.
During the concert, the Ukrainian national anthem was played as a sign as support before the stage was covered in blue and yellow lights in a nod to the country’s flag.
The appearance from Michael comes weeks after it emerged he had returned the Order of Friendship award he was given by the Kremlin following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Prince Michael of Kent , the Queen ‘s cousin, was in good spirits as he attended the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert at the Royal Albert Hall tonight
During the concert, the Ukranian national anthem was played as a sign as support before the stage was covered in blue and yellow lights in a nod to the country’s flag
Michael released the news in a short statement earlier this month after he was gifted the honour by then-President Dmitry Medvedev in 2009.
Prince Michael has previously been caught in a cash-for-access scandal after getting caught boasting that he could set up relationships with Vladimir Putin’s inner circle for a fee.
The statement read: ‘I can confirm that HRH Prince Michael of Kent is returning his Russian Order of Friendship. There will be no further comment.’
Prince Michael is a relative of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of the Russian Empire who was overthrown and killed in the Russian revolution.
The royal, who opted for a smart navy suit with a red tie for the occasion, met with Sophie Raworth ahead of the concert
Meanwhile the Queen’s cousin could also be seen shaking hands with soprano Laura Wright (pictured)
Michael bares a striking resemblance to the Russian monarch who was the first cousin of his grandmother Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna.
He attended the burial of Nicholas and the entire Romanov family in 1998 – 70 years after they were shot by Bolsheviks, and is also patron to organisations with close links to Russia like the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce and the St Gregory’s Foundation.
He attended an event with Vladimir Putin in 2003 at Kensington Palace to promote an obscure Russian martial art.
In 2020, fictitious executives were reportedly told Prince Michael of Kent could be hired to endorse their company to Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.
At one stage during the concert, the stage was basked in yellow and blue lights in a touching nod to the war in Ukraine
Meanwhile the Ukrainian national anthem was also played during the event in London earlier tonight
Soprano Laura Wright cradled her pregnant bump as she posed for snaps ahead of the concert tonight
Meanwhile Sophie Raworth opted for a floor length red gown for the occasion at the Royal Albert Hall
The Queen’s cousin told undercover reporters posing as investors from South Korea in a virtual meeting that he could be hired for £10,000 a day to make ‘confidential’ representations to Putin’s regime.
Journalists from Channel 4 Dispatches and The Sunday Times were investigating claims that Prince Michael and the Marquess of Reading were selling their links to the Russian regime.
Prince Michael said he would be ‘very excited’ to work with the fictitious ‘House of Haedong’ – which alleged it wanted to further its business in Russia by making links with Putin’s inner circle.
Prince Michael, a grandson of King George V, allegedly said he would give the ‘House of Haedong’ his endorsement in the Kremlin for a $200,000 fee.
Prince Michael of Kent (left) has handed back his Kremlin-issued award after previously presenting himself as a Russophile because of his relation Tsar Nicholas II (right)
Prince Michael of Kent (right) received an honorary professorship from one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s oldest and most trusted cronies
He added his relationship with the state could ‘bring some benefit’ to the firm, billed as ‘new boutique fund that invests in the most regal of assets: gold’.
A representative for Prince Michael has insisted the royal has ‘no special relationship with President Putin’, adding they have had no contact since June 2003.
The concert tonight is just one part of the Queen’s jubilee celebrations this year.
On Sunday, February 6, the Queen marked the anniversary of her father’s death, marking her historic 70 years on the throne serving the people of the UK and the Commonwealth.
Prince Michael and Putin were joint patrons of an event at Kensington Palace promoting sambo, an obscure Russian martial art (pictured, Prince Michael and Putin in London in 2003)
Celebrations for the nation are set to take place in June, with a bank holiday for the public to enjoy a weekend to last from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June.
The Queen’s birthday parade, Trooping the Colour, will take place on 2 June, a service of thanksgiving on 3 June, and for 4 June, the Queen will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.
There is also a Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday 4 June, where the BBC will stage a special live concert at Buckingham Palace to ‘bring some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars’ to ‘celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from the Queen’s seven decade reign.