Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was born on August 26, 1944, as the son of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. The Duke of Gloucester had intended to live a life away from the Royal Family, having trained for a career in architecture. However, the death of his older brother in a 1972 plane crash and his father in 1974 meant he was forced to take on the Gloucester dukedom and increase his involvement in royal duties.
How is the Duke of Gloucester related to the Queen?
The Royal Family of Britain is an extensive one, with a number of Dukes and Duchesses residing outside of the spotlight.
Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester is one of them even though he is closely related to Queen Elizabeth II.
He is the first cousin of the monarch, and second son of Prince Harry, Duke of Gloucester.
Prince Harry was the third eldest son of George V and Princess Alice and is a full time working member of the Royal Family.
At the time of his birth in 1944, the Duke of Gloucester was fifth in line to the throne.
Prince Richard is also the youngest grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary, the parents of Queen Elizabeth.
He is related to the Queen through paternal relations, and is currently 27th in line to the throne.
In addition, Prince Richard is also the senior-most male-line descendant of Queen Victoria and her husband, Albert, Prince Consort.
The Duke occasionally takes up the role of Counsellor of State, representing the Queen at official functions which she cannot attend herself.
He also has a number of patronages under his purview and is the Queen’s Trustee of the British Museum.
Prince Richard is currently married to Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester.
Originally from Denmark, Birgitte van Deurs met Prince Richard while studying a language programme at the University of Cambridge.
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Queen Elizabeth II gave her cousin permission to wed Birgitte in 1972.
The couple have three children together, the Earl of Ulster, Lady Davina Lewis, and Lady Rose Gilman.
All three of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester’s children are married and have children of their own, none of which are working royals.
The Gloucesters currently reside on the grounds of Kensington Palace, alongside a number of other royals.
For years, the Duke and Duchess and their children lived in the spacious Apartment 1 since 1972, but moved into the Old Stables last year.
The apartment boasts 21 rooms and has been home to members of the Royal Family for more than 200 years.
The move was decided after a desire to downsize following their grown-up children leaving their childhood home.
It was rumoured that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to move into Apartment 1 until they fell out with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at neighbouring Apartment 1A.