George Cambridge, 2nd Marquess of Cambridge

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Prince George
Marquess of Cambridge
Predecessor Adolphus Cambridge
Spouse Dorothy Isabel Westenra Hastings
Issue Lady Mary Whitley
Father Adolphus Cambridge, 1st Marquess of Cambridge
Mother Lady Margaret Grosvenor
Born (1895-10-11)11 October 1895
Died 16 April 1981(1981-04-16) (aged 85)
Teck-Cambridge Family

George Francis Hugh Cambridge, 2nd Marquess of Cambridge, GCVO (11 October 1895 – 16 April 1981), known as Prince George of Teck until 1917 and as Earl of Eltham from 1917 to 1927, was a minor member of the British Royal Family, a great-great-grandson of King George III and nephew of Queen Mary, the consort of King George V. He was also nephew to the 1st Earl of Athlone. He was the elder son of the 1st Marquess of Cambridge, formerly the Duke of Teck, and his wife, the former Lady Margaret Grosvenor.

Early life[edit]

Born at Grosvenor House, the home of his maternal grandfather, the 1st Duke of Westminster, he was styled His Serene Highness Prince George of Teck from birth. On his father's side, he was descended from King George III and the Royal House of Württemberg. In June 1917, at the request of George V, his father relinquished the titles, styles, and designations, "Highness", "Duke of Teck" and "of Teck" in the Kingdom of Württemberg and the German Empire, and assumed the surname Cambridge by Royal License and Warrant. The former Duke of Teck was subsequently created Marquess of Cambridge, Earl of Eltham and Viscount Northallerton in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. Prince George became George Cambridge and was styled Earl of Eltham as a courtesy title. He succeeded his father as 2nd Marquess of Cambridge on 24 October 1927. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in June 1927 and was promoted to Knight Grand Cross in June 1935.

Education and career[edit]

Prince George of Teck was educated at Eton College and then at Magdalen College, Oxford. He joined the Reserve Regiment of the 1st Life Guards during World War I and served as an aide-de-camp on the Personal Staff in 1918-1919.[1]

In the inter-war years, he served with the Territorial Army as a Lieutenant in the Shropshire Yeomanry from 1921, then as Captain in the 16th Battalion, London Regiment from 1929 to 1932.[1]

At the outbreak of World War II he mobilised as Captain with the Royal Army Service Corps and served in France, rising to rank of Major.[1]

In 1929, he became a director of Coutts & Company, a banking firm. This made him the second member of the British royal family (albeit, a very minor one) to pursue a career in the City of London. He remained with the firm until his retirement in 1951.

Marriage and Family[edit]

On 10 April 1923, he married Dorothy Isabel Westenra Hastings (18 May 1899 Cirencester – 1 April 1988), daughter of The Hon. Osmund William Toone Westenra Hastings, who was a younger son of the 13th Earl of Huntingdon.

The couple had one child, Lady Mary Cambridge (24 September 1924 – 13 December 1999).[2]

Personal information[edit]

Lord and Lady Cambridge regularly attended major royal occasions, although they did not carry out royal duties. Lord Cambridge participated in the coronations of George V, George VI, and Elizabeth II.[3] For many years he served as Royal Trustee of the British Museum.

When Lord Cambridge died, on 16 April 1981 in Little Abington, he was buried in the Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore.[4] His peerages became extinct. His brother, Lord Frederick Cambridge, had died while fighting in Belgium during World War II.

Styles from birth to death[edit]

  • His Serene Highness Prince George of Teck (1895–1917)
  • George Cambridge, Esq. (1917–1917)
  • Earl of Eltham (1917–1927)
  • The Most Hon. The Marquess of Cambridge (1927–1981)

Ancestry[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Adolphus Cambridge
Marquess of Cambridge
1927–1981
Succeeded by
Extinct

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Official and Landed Classes, 1977. Kelly's. p. 229. 
  2. ^ http://www.thepeerage.com/p10093.htm#i100929
  3. ^ Coronation guests and their jewels http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2012/03/flashback-friday-coronation-guests-and.html
  4. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6137139