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|Born||Prince Richard of Gloucester|
26 August 1944 (age 77)
St Matthew's Nursing Home, Northampton, England
|Spouse(s)||Birgitte van Deurs (m. 1972)|
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, KG GCVO GCStJ FRIBA (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, as well as the youngest of the nine grandchildren of King George V and Queen Mary. At birth, he was 5th in the line of succession to the British throne; currently he is 29th and the highest person on the list who is not a direct descendant of King George VI, who was his uncle. He practised as an architect until the death of his elder brother placed him in direct line to inherit his father's dukedom of Gloucester, which he assumed in 1974. He is a paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. He married Birgitte van Deurs in July 1972. They have three children.
Prince Richard was born on 26 August 1944 at 12:15 pm at St Matthew's Nursing Home in Northampton, the second son of Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. His father was the third son of George V and Queen Mary. His mother was the third daughter of the 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 died in 1972, before inheriting the title. He 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. 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
Prince Richard's early education took place at home, under the instruction of Rosamund Ramirez, who had also tutored young King Faisal II of Iraq; later, he attended Wellesley House School at Broadstairs and Eton College. In 1963, he matriculated at Magdalene College, Cambridge where he read Architecture, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in June 1966; he graduated as MA (Cantab) in 1971.
In 1966, Prince 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 in Hunt Thompson Associates in London, an architectural firm.
Marriage and family
On 8 July 1972, Prince Richard married the Danish-born Birgitte van Deurs in St Andrew's Church at Barnwell, Northamptonshire; they have three children:
- Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, Earl of Ulster (born 24 October 1974 at St Mary's Hospital, London); he married Claire Booth in 2002. The couple have two children.
- Lady Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedikte Windsor (born 19 November 1977 at St Mary's Hospital, London); she married Gary Lewis in 2004, and they divorced in 2018. They have two children.
- Lady Rose Victoria Birgitte Louise Gilman (born 1 March 1980 at St Mary's Hospital, London); she married George Gilman in 2008. The couple have two children.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester's official residence is at Kensington Palace in London. They have leased their private home, Barnwell Manor, since 1994.
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. 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. He also serves as a Commissioner of the Historic Building and Monuments Commission for England (English Heritage). The Duke of Gloucester, accompanied by the Duchess, represented his cousin Elizabeth II at the Solomon Islands independence celebrations on 7 July 1978.
The Duke has been Patron of construction charity Construction Youth Trust for many years. With his background in architecture, the Duke of Gloucester takes interest in the work of the Trust and frequently 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. The Duke is also vice president of Lepra, a UK based charity working towards a world free from prejudice and disability due to leprosy. As part of his active involvement in this role, he attends national and international events in support of the charity's work. He is Royal Patron of the UK branch of the charity Habitat for Humanity, Royal Patron of the St George's Society of New York, and President of The London Society. A keen motorist, Prince 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, 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.
On 10 April 2008, the Duke of Gloucester was officially installed as inaugural Chancellor of the University of Worcester at a ceremony in Worcester Cathedral. In this role, the Prince officiates at degree ceremonies and major events, as well as promoting the University overseas. 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, a charity dedicated to the study, research and promotion of homeopathy. He shares a name with another Duke of Gloucester, Richard III, and has been the patron of the Richard III Society since 1980. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Royal United Services Institute. Since 1972, the Duke has been a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is also an honorary fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers.
During 2009, the Duke became patron of the De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre 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, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, Action on Smoking and Health, British Association of Friends of Museums, British Mexican Society, St Bartholomew's Hospital, as well as numerous other organisations and charities. 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. 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. On 19 March 2013, the Duke represented Elizabeth II at the Vatican for the inauguration of Pope Francis.
On 11 March 2015, the Duke visited the Royal School Dungannon in Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland to celebrate their 400th anniversary since the founding of the school; presenting a commemorative plaque and raising an anniversary flag on the grounds. On 22 and 26 March 2015, the Duke represented the Queen at the ceremonies marking the reburial and commemorations of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral. Richard III had held the title Duke of Gloucester before his ascension to the English throne. 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.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
- 26 August 1944 – 10 June 1974: His Royal Highness Prince Richard of Gloucester
- 10 June 1974 – present: His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester
See also: List of honours of the British Royal Family by country
- 2 June 1953: Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
- 1 Jan 1974: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)
- 1975: Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of St John (GCStJ)
- 1984: Service Medal of the Order of St John (with 5th bar(2 gold bars))
- 6 February 1977: Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
- 1997: Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter (KG)
- 6 February 2002: Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
- 6 February 2012: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
- 1978: Solomon Islands Independence Medal
- 1980: Badge of Honour, New Hebrides
- 1980: Vanuatu Independence Medal
- 1 August 2008: Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the Crown of Tonga
- 4 August 2008: Star of the Solomon Islands (SSI)
- 1973: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav
- 2015: Sash of Special Category of the Order of the Aztec Eagle
- 1973: Sash of the Order of the Aztec Eagle
- 1975: Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Polar Star
- 1975: Member, 1st Class of the Order of Tri Shakti Patta
- 24 February 1975: Nepalese Coronation Medal
Honorary military appointments
- Colonel-in-Chief, of the Royal Australian Army Education Corps
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps
- Colonel-in-Chief, of the Royal Anglian Regiment
- Colonel-in-Chief, of the Royal Army Medical Corps
- Deputy Colonel-in-Chief, of the Royal Logistic Corps
- Royal Colonel, of the 6th (V) Battalion, The Rifles
- The Royal Honorary Colonel, of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia)
- Honorary Air Commodore, of RAF Odiham
- Honorary Air Commodore, of 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, 16 June 2001.
- Honorary Air Marshal, Royal Air Force, 1 September 1996.
|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
|Gary Lewis||Senna Lewis|
|Lady Rose Windsor||1 March 1980||19 July 2008||George Gilman||Lyla Gilman|
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- His godparents were his paternal aunt, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Marie Louise (his cousin), the Countess of Athlone (his cousin, 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".
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- "Royal support for homeopathy". British Homeopathic Association. March 2016. https://www.britishhomeopathic.org/charity/bha-events/reception-with-the-duke-of-gloucester/.
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- "The Duke of Gloucester Lecture Series: Flooding and the British Armed Forces". RUSI. 12 November 2014. https://rusi.org/event/duke-gloucester-lecture-series-flooding-and-british-armed-forces.
- "Duke of Gloucester to visit Isle of Man". BBC. 29 June 2011. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-13960632.
- "History of the Institution of Structural Engineers". Institution of Structural Engineers. https://www.istructe.org/downloads/about-us/who-we-are/history-of-the-institution-of-structural-engineers.pdf.
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- "Patron". British Society of Soil Science. https://www.soils.org.uk/patron.
- "ICOMOS-UK Launches Cultural Heritage Manifesto in 50th Anniversary Year". ICOMOS-UK. http://www.icomos-uk.org/events/50th-anniversary-conference/.
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- "BMS Organisation". British Mexican Society. https://britishmexicansociety.org.uk/bms-organisation/.
- "A Royal visit for St Bartholomew's". Barts Health NHS Trust. 3 October 2017. https://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/news/a-royal-visit-for-st-bartholomews-1997.
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- "Cousin stands in for Queen at Pope Francis 'crowning'". Evening Standard. 15 March 2013. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/cousin-stands-in-for-queen-at-pope-francis-crowning-8536058.html.
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- "Order of Service for the Reinterment of the Remains of King Richard III". 26 March 2015. http://www.channel4.com/microsites/R/RichardIII/Reinterment%2026%20March%20-%20PreServiceCopy.pdf.
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- As a patrilineal grandson of the British monarch, he was styled His Royal Highness Prince Richard of Gloucester from birth.
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- "No. 56269". 10 July 2001. p. 8120. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/56269/supplement/8120
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