Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

cousin of Queen Elizabeth II; youngest grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary (born 1944)

Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO, GCStJ, SSI, FRIBA (Richard Alexander Walter George; born 26 August 1944) is a member of the British royal family.

Prince Richard
Duke of Gloucester (more)
Prince Richard aged about 64
The Duke of Gloucester in 2015
BornPrince Richard of Gloucester
(1944-08-26) 26 August 1944 (age 79)
St Matthew's Nursing Home, Northampton, England
(m. 1972)
Full name
Richard Alexander Walter George[1]
FatherPrince Henry, Duke of Gloucester
MotherLady Alice Montagu Douglas Scott
ReligionChurch of England
Alma materMagdalene College, Cambridge

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 George V and Queen Mary. He is currently 30th in 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, behind his first cousins Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Princess Margaret, his father, and his elder brother Prince William of Gloucester.

Marriage and family


The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

On 8 July 1972, Richard married Birgitte van Deurs Henriksen in St Andrew's Church at Barnwell, Northamptonshire; they have three children:

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester's official residence is at Kensington Palace in London.[2]

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
  • In Scotland: His Royal Highness The Earl of Ulster
  • In Northern Ireland: Baron Culloden

References and notes

  1. As a titled royal, Richard needs no surname, but, when one is used, it is Windsor.
  2. "Royal residences: Kensington Palace". Official website of the Royal Family. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013.

Other websites

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
The Prince Henry
Duke of Gloucester
5th creation
10 June 1974 – present
Heir apparent:
Earl of Ulster
Academic offices
New creation Chancellor of the University of Worcester
Order of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Peter Phillips
HRH The Duke of Gloucester
Succeeded by
The Duke of Kent