The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester , The Duke of Gloucester is the second son of the late Duke of Gloucester and the late Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (third daughter of the 7th
Duke of Buccleuch). His Royal Highness is a grandson of George V and a first cousin to The Queen. He became heir to his father’s titles following the death of his elder brother, Prince William of Gloucester, in a flying accident on 28 August 1972. He succeeded his father in June 1974. Born Prince Richard of Gloucester on 26 August 1944 at Northampton, he was christened Richard Alexander Walter George. When he was four months old he was taken by his parents to Australia, where for two years (1945-47) his father was Governor-General. The Duchess of Gloucester, formerly Birgitte Eva van Deurs Henriksen, was born on 20 June 1946 in Odense, Denmark. She married The Duke of Gloucester (then Prince Richard) in 1972. As a working Member of the Royal Family, Her Royal Highness carries out many public engagements on behalf of her patronages and organisations and in support of The Queen.