Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick
Edward Edmund Maximilian George Windsor, Lord Downpatrick (born 2 December 1988), known professionally as Eddy Downpatrick, is an English fashion designer and former financial analyst. He is the co-founder and creative director of the British fashion label FIDIR. Lord Downpatrick is a relative of the British royal family. As second-in-line to the Dukedom of Kent, he uses one of his grandfather's subsidiary titles, Baron Downpatrick, by courtesy. He is the most senior member of the royal family to be excluded from the line of succession for being Catholic.
Downpatrick in 2008
Edward Edmund Maximilian George Windsor
2 December 1988
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Early life and familyEdit
Downpatrick was born on 2 December 1988 at St Mary's Hospital, London, and grew up in Cambridge. He is the eldest child of George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, son and heir apparent of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. Downpatrick's mother, Sylvana Tomaselli, is a Canadian historian of Austro-Italian and French extraction. Diana, Princess of Wales, was Downpatrick's godmother, but she died before he got to know her well.
Downpatrick is close to his third cousin Princess Beatrice of York and to his younger sisters, Lady Marina and Lady Amelia Windsor, a fashion model. His great-grandmother Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, was the British royal family's fashion icon in the post-war era.
Education and careerEdit
Downpatrick graduated from Eton College and enrolled at Keble College, Oxford, where he studied Modern Languages with a specialisation in French and German. At Oxford he was the president of the Bullingdon Club. He wanted to join the British Army after the university, but had not recovered from rugby injuries.
Downpatrick left JP Morgan and began working as a fashion designer in 2016. He is a co-founder and the creative director of the fashion label FIDIR, which he launched with Justine Dalby in 2017. The brand is a collection of outdoor-wear and accessories. He designs handbags, wallets, sweatshirts, wash bags, and T-shirts. His designs are inspired by the Scottish Highlands.
In 2003, following the example of his grandmother the Duchess of Kent and uncle Lord Nicholas Windsor, Downpatrick, who was baptised in the Church of England, was confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church and therefore was barred from the line of succession to the British throne according to the Act of Settlement 1701. In 2008 his sister Lady Marina followed suit. As a first cousin twice removed of Queen Elizabeth II, Downpatrick is the most senior person excluded from the line of succession for being a Roman Catholic; as of May 2019, he would have been 39th in line. He is second in the line of succession, after his father, to the Dukedom of Kent.
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