The Dukes of the Peerage of the United Kingdom

The Dukes

The Duke of Gloucester

The history of the title Duke of Gloucester is a complicated one – the title was created five times.

The first four creations were in the Peerage of England, the next in the Peerage of Great Britain, and the last in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.  The final creation occurred in 1928; for information about earlier incarnations, see Dukes of Gloucester, fifth Creation (1928): HRH Prince Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester (1900-1974) HRH Prince Richard, 2nd Duke of Gloucester (b. 1944) Succession: Heir Apparent: Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, Earl of Ulster (born 24 October 1974)  Lord Ulster's heir-apparent: Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden (born 12 March 2007) 

HRH Prince Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester (Henry William Frederick Albert; 31 March 1900 – 10 June 1974) was a member of the British Royal Family, the third son of George V of the United Kingdom and Queen Mary, and thus uncle to Elizabeth II. The Duke served as the eleventh Governor-General of Australia, from 1945 to 1947.

Longest living Royal - Duchess of Gloucester

Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester and wife of Price Henry, was born 25 December 1901. She survived until 29 October 2004, becoming the longest-lived member of the British Royal Family in history.

Prince Richard, the current Duke of Gloucester, trained as an architect and went into practice as a partner in a firm of London architects in 1970. Although he planned to practice full time as an architect, the death of his brother, Prince William of Gloucester, left Richard first in line to his father's Dukedom. He therefore resigned his partnership, and began to represent his cousin, The Queen, on Royal occasions. The Duke pursued his continuing interest in architecture and conservation by becoming a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1972. He also serves as a commissioner of the Historic Building and Monuments Commission for England (English Heritage).