What is the relationship between the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester? A look at the low-key royals who back Queen Elizabeth.
THIS WEEK, THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER PERFORMED AN IMPORTANT DUTY ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN. What are the names of the lesser-known royals who back the Queen?
A handful of working royals assist Queen Elizabeth II, 95, in her duty as monarch. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester are among the more low-key members of the Firm, as they are not as well-known as other members of the monarchy.
They had a special encounter with Chelsea Pensioners on Thursday, which was documented by the Royal Family on Twitter.
Two tweets from the Royal Family announced the engagement.
“Today, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended the Founder’s Day Parade at @RHChelsea, where His Royal Highness was the Reviewing Officer,” stated the first.
“The annual celebration commemorates King Charles II’s foundation of the hospital in 1692,” the tweet continued.
The Palace account also retweeted a post from The Chelsea Pensioner, which said, “Thanks to everyone who attended our Founder’s Day today.”
“Having the friends of the pensioners back at the hospital has been a highlight of our year.
“And it’s an extra special honor to have HRH The Duke of Gloucester, as well as @LeoDochertyUK, as Reviewing Officers.”
The 76-year-old Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is Queen Elizabeth II’s paternal first cousin.
He is the youngest of King George V and Queen Mary’s nine grandchildren and the second son of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.
He was born fifth in line to the British throne, but has subsequently fallen to 30th.
His wife, Birgitte van Deurs, 75, married in July 1972 and became the Duchess of Gloucester. They have three children together.
On the Royal Family’s website, the Duke of Gloucester’s full-time working function is described as follows: “The Duke of Gloucester is The Queen’s cousin and a full-time working member of the Royal Family.”
“He supports The Queen and her duties as Head of State by attending national and international events, as well as completing substantial public duties and engagements each year that represent his own interests and causes.
“The Duke of Gloucester performs a substantial number of public obligations and attends hundreds of official engagements in the UK and abroad each year,” according to the website.
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