Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster

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Earl of Ulster
Royal Standard of the Richard, Duke of Gloucester.png
Born (1974-10-24) 24 October 1974 (age 40)
St Mary's Hospital, London, UK
Other names Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor
Title Earl of Ulster (by courtesy)
Spouse(s) Dr Claire Booth
Children Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden
Lady Cosima Windsor
Parents Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Birgitte Eva van Deurs

Major Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, Earl of Ulster (born 24 October 1974), is the only son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. He is 24th in the line of succession to the British throne. As the heir apparent of the Duke of Gloucester, he is accorded the courtesy title Earl of Ulster.

Education and career[edit]

Chapel of Eton College

Lord Ulster was educated at Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, England; and King's College London, University of London where he obtained a BA degree in War Studies in 1996, before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Ulster was commissioned into the King's Royal Hussars on 10 April 1998 as a subaltern (second lieutenant) with seniority from 14 April 1995; he was given the service number 548299. He was promoted to lieutenant on 10 April 1998 with seniority from 14 April 1997,[1] and to the rank of captain on 16 October 2000.[2] He saw active service in Northern Ireland, Kosovo in 2002, and then Iraq. He served in the MND(SE) as an Information Operations staff officer. In Basra he was responsible for advising on divisional level KLE, monitoring atmospherics within the city and advising on the communications strategy pertinent to the hand-over of Basra Palace.[3] On 14 January 2003, he transferred from a Short Service Commission to an Intermediate Regular Commission.[4] On 28 April 2008, he was appointed to the Reserve of Officers, signalling his retirement from the British Army, in the rank of acting major.[5]

Since leaving the army, he has worked as director of Transnational Crisis Project, and is commonly known as Alex Ulster.[3]

Family life[edit]

Ulster was married on 22 June 2002 to Claire Booth, a physician, at the Queen's Chapel, St. James's Palace, London. The couple have two children:

  • Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden (born 12 March 2007)
  • Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor (born 20 May 2010)[6]

Ulster is 24th in the line of succession to the British Throne since July 2013. He has been seen more rarely in the public eye than his two sisters, Lady Davina Lewis and Lady Rose Gilman. He was however seen prominently throughout the Diamond Jubilee service at St Paul's Cathedral on 5 June 2012, being seated directly behind Queen Elizabeth II.

Honours and arms[edit]


Arms of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster
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On the Coronet of children of other sons of the Sovereign, composed of four Crosses-patées alternated with four Strawberry Leaves, a Lion statant guardant Or, crowned with the like Coronet, and differenced with the Label as in the Arms.
That of a Gentleman
The Royal Arms (quarterly 1st and 4th England, 2nd Scotland, 3rd Ireland), differenced by a Label of five points Argent, the centre and two outer points charged with a Cross Gules, and the inner points with a Lion passant guardant also of Gules (for Gloucester); over all an inescutcheon of pretence, Argent three Boars' Heads erect and erased Sable langued Gules (for Booth)



  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55136. p. 5819. 22 May 1998. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 56055. p. 13980. 12 December 2000. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Alex Ulster". Crisis Project. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56880. pp. 3414–3415. 18 March 2003. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58811. p. 13339. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  6. ^ Daily Telegraph Birth Announcements – Ulster
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Duke of Gloucester
Line of succession to the British throne
grandson of Henry, son of George V
Succeeded by
Lord Culloden
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Duke of Fife
Earl of Ulster
Succeeded by
Earl of St Andrews

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