William of Gloucester

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Prince William of Gloucester (1971)

Prince William of Gloucester ( William Henry Andrew Frederick Windsor , born December 18, 1941 in Barnet , Hertfordshire , † August 28, 1972 near Wolverhampton ) was a member of the British royal family and grandson of King George V.

His father was Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester , Prince of Great Britain and Ireland, the third son of George V. His mother was Alice, Duchess of Gloucester , daughter of John Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch and 9th. Duke of Queensbury . As the grandson of a British monarch in the male line, William of Gloucester earned the title of His Royal Highness .

He spent his childhood at Barnwell Manor in Northamptonshire and later in Australia, where his father was Governor General from 1945 to 1947 .

In 1947 he was one of the two pages at the wedding of the future Queen Elizabeth II of England to Prince Philip , the other was Prince Michael of Kent .

After graduating in 1963, he went to America for a year, where he studied American history. After his return he worked for a bank. From 1965 he went to the diplomatic service abroad, which he left again in 1970 due to the deteriorating health of his father and returned to Great Britain.

He held a pilot's license, owned several aircraft and performed at air shows . He died on August 28, 1972 in a plane crash in Halfpenny Green , near Wolverhampton . His younger brother Prince Richard succeeded his father as Duke of Gloucester in his place .

William of Gloucester suffered from Porphyria variegata .

He had a close relationship with Prince Charles , who named his son William after him.


  • Giles St Aubyn: Henry, Prince, first duke of Gloucester (1900-1974). In: Henry Colin Gray Matthew, Brian Harrison (Eds.): Oxford Dictionary of National Biography , from the earliest times to the year 2000 (ODNB). Oxford University Press, Oxford 2004, ISBN 0-19-861411-X , ( oxforddnb.com license required ), as of January 2011, accessed September 22, 2015, including Prince William of Gloucester

Individual evidence

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  2. Civil Aircraft Accident Report 7/73, the Department of Trade and Industry . Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  3. 1972: Prince William killed in plane crash . In: On This Day , BBC News , August 28, 1972. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
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  5. ^ The other Prince William: The uncanny parallels between Wills and the dashing but doomed cousin in whose memory he was named , Daily Mail , 08/11/2011