|The Duke of Gloucester is the second son of the late Duke of Gloucester and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (third daughter of the 7th Duke of
Buccleuch). He is grandson of George V and a first cousin to The Queen. Born on 26 August 1944 at Northampton, he was christened Richard Alexander Walter George.
In 1963 after Eton, Prince Richard went up to Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read architecture. He had planned a full time career in architecture, but following the death of his elder brother, Prince William of Gloucester, in a flying accident on 28 August 1972. He became his father’s heir and took on increased royal duties and the responsibility for the family estate at
Barnwell in Northamptonshire He succeeded his father in June 1974.
The Duke of Gloucester is still deeply interested in architecture and conservation and has also produced three books of photographs: On Public View (1970) which illustrated London statues; The Face of London (1973) and Oxford and Cambridge (1980).