His Royal Highness Prince Richard Alexander Walter George, KG, GCVO, the 2nd Duke of Gloucester, is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. He was born on 26 August 1944 in Northampton, the second son of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. He is also the youngest of the nine grandchildren of King George V and Queen Mary.
The Duke of Gloucester was educated at Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he received a Diploma in Architecture. In 1969 he became a practising partner at Hunt Thompson Architects in London. He is a member of RIBA and a Fellow of the Society of Arts.
The Duke of Gloucester gave up his architecture career in 1972 when his older brother William was killed in a flying accident. His brother’s untimely death meant that Richard became heir apparent to his father’s dukedom. In the same year, he married Birgitte van Deurs Henriksen, the younger daughter of a Danish lawyer. Two years later, upon the death of his father, Richard succeeded to the dukedom.
As a full-time working member of the Royal Family, the Duke of Gloucester attends national and international events to support The Queen, as well as undertaking his own public duties. He is associated with over 150 organisations, and his patronages reflect his professional and personal interests, which include international humanitarian issues, heritage and the built environment, and military veterans.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester have three children: Alexander Windsor (Earl of Ulster), Lady Davina Windsor, and Lady Rose Gilman, each of whom have two children of their own. They live at Kensington Palace.