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Princess shrugs off eye ailment

Princess Michael of Kent attended a Buckingham Palace garden party with her eye protected with a patch - but did not let it spoil her enjoyment of the occasion.

Marie-Christine , who is married to the Queen's cousin and known for her historical novels, was seen chatting to guests at the annual summer event with her husband Prince Michael of Kent.

She was sporting the eye patch over her left eye under a hat, but did not appear to be in discomfort as she mingled on the Palace's manicured lawns.

It is not thought the princess' medical issue was a serious one but her official spokesman declined to comment.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh hosted the visit and were also joined by the Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice and Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

The Queen and Philip will be making a state visit to Germany next month and will be visiting the site of the Bergen-Belsen prisoner of war and concentration camps during the trip.

Among the guests was Gena Turgel, 92, who was freed from the camp when it was liberated by British forces and she fell in love and married one of the soldiers Sergeant Norman Turgel.

Mrs Turgel said: "The Queen told me she's going there and I may go back.

"I told her about my journey from Poland to Auschwitz to Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen - I lost so many members of my family in Poland.

"I'm really happy to be alive and to be able to tell my story and educate people and tell the people what really happened."

Among the guests the Queen met was the Church of England's first female bishop The Right Reverend Libby Lane who is Bishop of Stockport.

The senior cleric was the guest of her husband the Reverend George Lane who had received the invitation for his work as the co-ordinating chaplain at Manchester Airport.

The Bishop said the Queen asked her how her first few months in the post had been and she replied "busy and exciting".

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