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Title: Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Full Name: Richard Alexander Walter George
Father: Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester, third eldest son of George V and Mary of Teck
Mother: Princess Alice of Gloucester (née Lady Alice Montagu-Douglas-Scott), daughter of 7th Duke of Buccleuch
Born: August 26, 1944 at Hadley Common, Hertfordshire
Current Age: 72 years, 1 month, and 28 days
Relation to Elizabeth II: Cousin
Married: Birgitte van Deurs, daughter of Asger Henriksen and Vivian van Deurs of Denmark, on July 8, 1972
Children: Alexander (Earl of Ulster), Davina (Lady Davine Lewis) and Rose (Lady Rose Gilman)
The Duke is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, and 2nd son of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, who was the third eldest son of George V, and Princess Alice. At the time of his birth he was 5th in line to the throne.
He attended Eton College and Cambridge University and planned a career in architecture until the death of his elder brother in a plane crash in 1972, and his father in 1974 when he inherited the Dukedom and an increase in his obligations for royal duties.
In 1972 he married Brigitte Eva van Deurs, daughter of a Danish lawyer. They had three children, Alexander, Earl of Ulster, born in 1974, Lady Davina Windsor born in 1977, and Lady Rose Windsor born in 1980. The Duke and Duchess carry out public duties on behalf of the royal family and are patrons of many societies and organisations. None of their children undertake official duties.
The Duke maintains an interest in architecture and is a commissioner for English Heritage. He is the most senior male descendant of Queen Victoria.
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