Happy Birthday to Prince Richard the Duke of Gloucester, The Queen’s cousin, and a full-time working member of the Royal Family.
In celebration of his birthday, we take a look at one of the lesser-known royals. Here's everything you need to know about Prince Philip the Duke of Gloucester
Prince Philip the Duke of Gloucester attends national and international events in support of The Queen and her duties as Head of State, as well as undertaking extensive public duties and engagements every year reflecting his own interests and charities.
The Duke of Gloucester carries out a significant number of public duties and undertakes hundreds of official engagements in the UK and overseas each year. The Duke is associated with over 150 charities and organisations. His patronages reflect his professional and personal interests, which include international humanitarian issues, heritage, and the built environment and military veterans.
Architecture and conservation
Many of The Duke’s patronages are related to architecture and conservation, both areas in which The Duke remains deeply interested. He was elected a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1972 and he is President of the Scottish Society of the Architect-Artists. His fellowships include those of the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.
His Royal Highness is a supporter of several architectural preservation societies, including the Kensington Society and the Victorian Society, as well as the International Council on Monuments and Sites, UK National Committee.
The Duke is Patron or President of many charities and organisations, covering a diverse range of causes and interests, ranging from ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) to the British Association of Friends of Museums, British-Mexican Society to St Bartholomew's Hospital, and the British Homeopathic Association to the Japan Society.
Prince Richard was born 5th in line to the throne. He was never supposed to be Duke of Gloucester. Richard had a quiet life as an architect. He was the younger brother of dashing Prince William who was destined to be Duke. But tragedy struck & William's death made Richard Duke. pic.twitter.com/IwaJqK8Drs— queen vic (@toricambridge) August 26, 2020
The Duke of Gloucester has travelled extensively overseas in support of the organisations with which he is linked. His Royal Highness first represented The Queen overseas in 1970, at the wedding of Crown Prince Birendra of Nepal. The Duke has subsequently attended the independence celebrations of Seychelles, the Solomon Islands, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Vanuatu.
More recently, The Duke represented Her Majesty at the Funeral of King Tupou V of Tonga in March 2012; at the Vatican for the Inauguration of Pope Francis on 19 March 2013; and in South Korea for the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice in July 2013.