Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester KG, GCVO, GCStJ, SSI, FRIBA, FSA (Richard Alexander Walter George; born 26 August 1944) is a member of the British royal family. He is the second son of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, and the youngest of the nine grandchildren of King George V and Queen Mary. He is 31st in the line of succession to the British throne, and the highest person on the list who is not a descendant of George VI, who was his uncle. At the time of his birth, he was 5th in line to the throne.

Prince Richard
Duke of Gloucester (more)
Prince Richard aged 79
Richard in 2023
BornPrince Richard of Gloucester
(1944-08-26) 26 August 1944 (age 79)
St Matthew's Nursing Home, Northampton, England[1]
(m. 1972)
Richard Alexander Walter George[2]
FatherPrince Henry, Duke of Gloucester
MotherLady Alice Montagu Douglas Scott
Alma materMagdalene College, Cambridge

Richard practised as an architect until the death of his elder brother, William, placed him in direct line to inherit his father's dukedom of Gloucester, to which he succeeded in 1974. He married Birgitte van Deurs Henriksen on 8 July 1972. They have three children.

Early life edit

Prince Richard with his father in 1945

Prince Richard was born on 26 August 1944 at 12:15 pm at St Matthew's Nursing Home in Northampton, the second son of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.[1] His father was the third son of King George V and Queen Mary. His mother was the third daughter of John Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch and Lady Margaret Bridgeman. At the time of his birth, he was second in line to his father's dukedom, behind his elder brother, Prince William of Gloucester, who was accidentally killed in 1972 before inheriting the title and having any children of his own. Richard was baptised at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park on 20 October 1944 by the retired Archbishop of Canterbury, Cosmo Gordon Lang.[6] When Richard was four months old, he accompanied his parents to Australia, where his father served as governor-general from 1945 to 1947. The family returned to Barnwell Manor in 1947, where Richard spent most of his childhood.

Education and career edit

Prince Richard's early education took place at home, under the instruction of Rosalind Ramirez, who had also tutored young King Faisal II of Iraq; later, he attended Wellesley House School at Broadstairs and Eton College.[7] In 1963, he matriculated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read architecture,[7] graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in June 1966. As is customary at Cambridge, this proceeded to MA (Cantab) in 1971.

In 1966, Richard joined the Offices Development Group in the Ministry of Public Building and Works for a year of practical work. He returned to Cambridge in 1967, completing both parts of the Diploma in Architecture degree in June 1969. Upon passing his exams, he became a practising partner with Hunt Thompson Associates, Architects, in London.[8]

Marriage and family edit

On 8 July 1972, Prince Richard married Danish-born Birgitte van Deurs Henriksen at St Andrew's Church, Barnwell, Northamptonshire; the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester have three children:

Coat of arms of the Earl of Ulster,[9] heir to the dukedom of Gloucester

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester's official residence is at Kensington Palace in London.[13] They have leased their private home, Barnwell Manor, since 1994. In September 2022, the Duke put the manor up for sale for £4.75 million.[14]

Activities edit

Prince Richard ended his architectural career in 1972, after the death of his elder brother Prince William, who crashed his plane in a flying competition. Richard became heir apparent to his father's dukedom and had to take on additional family obligations and royal duties on behalf of the Queen. He became Duke of Gloucester on his father's death on 10 June 1974.

Prince Richard was elected as a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (and FRIBA) in 1972. He is president of the Society of Architect Artists.[8] He also serves as a commissioner of the Historic Building and Monuments Commission for England (English Heritage). He has been patron of construction charity Construction Youth Trust[15] for many years. With his background in architecture, the Duke of Gloucester takes interest in the work of the trust and visits their projects, in addition to giving his name to their long standing Duke of Gloucester Young Achiever's Scheme Awards. The Duke is also patron of the Architects Benevolent Society.[16] The Duke is also vice president of Lepra, a UK-based leprosy charity; as part of this role, he attends national and international events in support of the charity's work. He is royal patron of the Society of Antiquaries of London (and elected FSA) since 2001,[17] royal patron of the UK branch of the charity Habitat for Humanity,[18] royal patron of the St George's Society of New York,[19] and president of The London Society. A keen motorist, Richard passed the Advanced Driving Test of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, of which he was president for more than 32 years. On his appointment in 1971,[20] it was recorded that the new president was "currently [driving] an Austin 1300", reflecting the modest image with which he has always been identified. He stood down as president in January 2005.[21]

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

The Duke of Gloucester, accompanied by the Duchess, represented his cousin Elizabeth II at the Solomon Islands independence celebrations on 7 July 1978.[22][23] He served as a judge in Prince Edward's charity television special The Grand Knockout Tournament on 15 June 1987.

On 10 April 2008, the Duke of Gloucester was officially installed as inaugural Chancellor of the University of Worcester during a ceremony at Worcester Cathedral. In this role, the Prince officiates at degree ceremonies and major events, as well as promoting the university overseas.[24] The Duke carried out the first of these duties on 5 and 6 November 2008 at the Graduation Award Ceremonies. The Duke is also patron of the Severn Valley Railway and the Pestalozzi International Village Trust. He is patron of the British Homeopathic Association.[25] He shares a name with an earlier Duke of Gloucester, Richard III, and has been patron of the Richard III Society since 1980.[26] He is also a member of the international advisory board of the Royal United Services Institute.[27][28] Since 1972, the Duke has been a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.[29] He is also an honorary fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers.[30]

During 2009, the Duke became patron of the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre[31] in support of its bid to raise funds through private means and through a bid for Heritage Lottery Funding. Other patronages include: British Society of Soil Science,[32] the International Council on Monuments and Sites,[33] Action on Smoking and Health,[34] British Association of Friends of Museums,[35] British Mexican Society,[36] St Bartholomew's Hospital,[37] as well as numerous other organisations and charities.[7] In July 2011, the Duke visited the Isle of Man to meet with the representative of Manx National Heritage and the Council of Cancer Charities.[29] On 8 November 2011, he opened the new Law School Building at the University of Hertfordshire on the de Havilland campus site of the former de Havilland Aircraft factory.[38] On 19 March 2013, the Duke represented Elizabeth II at the Vatican for the inauguration of Pope Francis.[39]

The Duke in 2018 visiting the National Churches Trust

On 11 March 2015, the Duke visited the Royal School Dungannon in Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the school; presenting a commemorative plaque and raising an anniversary flag on the grounds.[40] On 22 and 26 March 2015, the Duke represented the Queen at the ceremonies marking the reburial and commemorations of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral. Richard III had held the title Duke of Gloucester before his ascension to the English throne.[41] In March 2018, the Duke travelled to Malawi to attend the Commonwealth Day celebrations, and visited projects related to health services, wildlife, and climate change.[42][43] He missed the celebrations in March 2022 after testing positive for COVID-19.[44]

On 14 September 2022, after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September, the Duke joined her children, grandsons, nephew, and son-in-law, in walking in the state cortege from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, for her lying in state.[45]

The Duke and Duchess riding in the Scottish State Coach with Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence following the coronation on 6 May 2023

In 2023 the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla in Westminster Abbey, and (in common with other working members of the Royal Family) took part in the Coronation Procession following the service.[46]

Titles, styles, honours and arms edit

Titles and styles edit

  • 26 August 1944 – 10 June 1974: His Royal Highness Prince Richard of Gloucester[47]
  • 10 June 1974 – present: His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester

Honours edit

Robed in the mantle of Grand Prior of the Order of St John, 2006

Foreign edit

Honorary military appointments edit

  New Zealand
  United Kingdom

Arms edit

Coat of arms of the Duke of Gloucester
The Duke's armorial bearings are based on the Royal Arms as set down for descendants of George V. The following explains how his arms are differenced from those of the Sovereign and other members of the Royal Family.
Coronet of a male-line grandchild of the Sovereign.
On a Coronet of children of other sons of the Sovereign, composed of four Crosses pattées alternated with four Strawberry Leaves, a Lion statant guardant Or, crowned with the like Coronet, and differenced with a Label as in the Arms.
The Royal Supporters, differenced with a Coronet as in the Crest and Label as in the Arms.[54]
The Shield is surrounded by the Garter circlet, inscribed with its Motto:
(Shame be to him who thinks evil of it)
Other elements
Differences from the Royal Arms are a Label of five Points Argent, the centre and two outer Points charged with a Cross Gules, and the inner Points with a Lion passant guardant also Gules.
  As Grand Prior, like other Bailiffs Grand Cross of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem, he is entitled to augment the Arms of the Order in chief.
  The Duke's standard (or banner) displays his personal arms, granted in 1962.[60]
  (in Scotland)
As in the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom, the first and fourth quarters represent England, the second Scotland and the third Ireland.

Issue edit

Name Birth Marriage Issue
Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster 24 October 1974 22 June 2002 Claire Booth Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden
Lady Cosima Windsor
Lady Davina Windsor 19 November 1977 31 July 2004
Divorced 2018
Gary Lewis Senna Lewis
Tāne Lewis
Lady Rose Windsor 1 March 1980 19 July 2008 George Gilman Lyla Gilman
Rufus Gilman

Ancestry edit

See also edit

References edit

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  2. ^ As a titled royal, Richard needs no surname, but, when one is used, it is Windsor.
  3. ^ The Times, 21 October 1944
  4. ^ The Times, 5 August 1942
  5. ^ "Yvonne's Royalty Home Page – Royal Christenings". Archived from the original on 6 August 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  6. ^ His godparents were his paternal aunt, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Marie Louise (his cousin), the Countess of Athlone (his grandaunt, for whom her daughter, Lady May Abel Smith stood proxy), the Duke of Buccleuch (his maternal uncle), the Marquess of Cambridge (his cousin), Lady Sybil Phipps (his maternal aunt), and General the Earl Alexander of Tunis (for whom his wife, then Lady Margaret Alexander, stood proxy). Because of the War, newspapers did not identify the precise location of the christening, saying only that it took place at "a private chapel in the country".[3][4][5]
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  10. ^ Court Circular: 22nd June, 2002
    A marriage took place in The Queen's Chapel, St James's, London, between the Earl of Ulster, son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and Dr Claire A. Booth, daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert Booth. Prebendary William Booth officiated, assisted by Canon David Cooper. The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, was attended by Miss Lola Eid-Arimoku, Miss Bruna Carnevale, Russia and Tennessee Blackmore and Arabella Henderson. Mr Alexander Turner was best man. A reception was held in the State Apartments, St James's Palace.
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Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Born: 26 August 1944
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Arthur Chatto
Line of succession
to the British throne

son of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester
grandson of George V
Succeeded by
Alexander Windsor,
Earl of Ulster
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Duke of Gloucester
5th creation
10 June 1974 – present
Heir apparent:
Earl of Ulster
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