Richard, 2nd Duke of Gloucester

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Richard, 2nd Duke of Gloucester (2018)

HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester , KG , GCVO ( Richard Alexander Walter George , born August 26, 1944 in Barnwell Manor , Northamptonshire ) is a member of the British royal family , grandson of King George V and cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.


childhood and education

British royal family
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HM The Queen
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

His father was Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester , Prince of Great Britain and Ireland, the third son of King George V. His mother was Alice, Duchess of Gloucester , daughter of John Montagu-Douglas-Scott , 7th Duke of Buccleuch and 9th . Duke of Queensberry .

As the patrilineal grandson of the monarch, he has had the title His Royal Highness since birth . At the time of his birth, he was fifth in line to the British throne. When he was four months old, he and his family moved to Australia because his father became Governor General there. In 1947 they returned after a change of government.

After attending Eton College , he studied architecture at Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge . He is admitted to the Royal Institute of British Architects as an Associate . When he wanted to start working as an architect, his older brother William had an accident in 1972 . When his father died on June 10, 1974, he inherited his title of nobility as 2nd Duke of Gloucester , 2nd Earl of Ulster and 2nd Baron Culloden . A seat in the House of Lords was associated with the titles until the House of Lords reform came into force in 1999 .

marriage and family

On June 6, 1972, Prince Richard married Birgitte van Deurs , the daughter of Asger Henriksen and Vivian van Deurs. The couple has their official residence at Kensington Palace , and also rented Barnwell Manor from 1994 to 1995 . You have three children. Their children do not hold any royal titles and do not perform representational tasks, but they regularly stand behind their father in the line of succession . As his marriage apparent, the eldest son bears the courtesy title Earl of Ulster , the later daughters, as children of a duke, use the courtesy title Lady .


  1. Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, Earl of Ulster (born October 24, 1974 in London ), British Army officer, since June 22, 2002 with Dr. Claire Alexandra Booth (born December 28, 1977 in Sheffield , Yorkshire ), a pediatrician, married. The couple has two children:
    1. Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Baron Culloden (born March 12, 2007).
    2. Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor (born May 20, 2010).
  2. Richard, 2nd Duke of Gloucester (photography by Allan Warren , 1989)
    Lady Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedigte Lewis (born November 19, 1977 in Paddington , London) has been married to the Māori- born carpenter Gary Christie Lewis (born August 15, 1970 in Gisborne , New Zealand ) since July 31, 2004 , who has one son brought into marriage. The couple has two children:
    1. Senna Kowhai Lewis (born June 22, 2010).
    2. Tāne Mahuta Lewis (born May 25, 2012).
  3. Lady Rose Victoria Brigitte Louise Gilman (born March 1, 1980 in Paddington, London) works as a design assistant in the film industry. She has been married to George Gilman (* 1982), the son of Peter and Gillian Gilman, since July 19, 2008 . The couple has two children:
    1. Lyla Beatrix Christabel Gilman (born May 30, 2010).
    2. Rufus Frederick Montagu Gilman (born November 2, 2012).


The Duke supports his cousin Elisabeth II with representation tasks . He is also the patron of a wide variety of organizations in the UK. His focus is on the areas of architecture and monument protection . So he is one of the commissioners of the English Heritage .

Prince Richard (2008) in the regalia of the Grand Prior of the Order of Saint John

Like almost all members of the royal family, the Duke of Gloucester is Colonel of Honor of a large number of units in all branches of the armed forces in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth of Nations .

Orders and decorations

Coat of arms of Richard, Duke of Gloucester
country Abbreviation medal year Fig.
United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom KG Royal Knight of the Garter 1997 Order of the Garter UK ribbon.png Garter diamonds.jpg
United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom GCVO Knight Grand Cross Royal Victorian Order 1974 Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.pngRVO-Star.jpg
United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom GCStJ Grand Prior and Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of Saint John 1975 Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png Star-KStJ.jpg
United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Order of Saint John Service Medal 1984 Service Medal of the Order of St John Ribbon.jpg Service Medal of the Order of St John.jpg
United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953 UK Queen EII Coronation Medal ribbon.svg
United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal 1977 Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee Medal 1977 Ribbon.gif
United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002 QEII Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png
United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012 QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png
NorwayNorway Norway Grand Cross of the Saint Olav Order 1973 Order Sint Olaf 1 small png Norjan Pyhän Olavin ritarikunnan suurristin rintatähti.png
SwedenSweden Sweden Grand Cross of the North Star Order 1975 SWE Order of the Polar Star (after 1975) - Commander Grand Cross BAR.png Nordstj.jpg
MexicoMexico Mexico Collane of the Aztec Eagle Order 2004 MEX Order of the Aztec Eagle 1Class BAR.png Placa Order Mexicana del Águila Azteca.jpg
TongaTonga Tonga Grand Cross of the Crown of Tonga Order 2008 Order of the Crown of Tonga - ribbon bar.gif
Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands Solomon Islands Solomon Star 2008 Star of the Solomon Islands.png

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Knights and Dames: FOX-GZ at Leigh Rayment's Peerage
predecessor   successor
Henry Duke of Gloucester
since 1974
current owner of the title