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,
 United Kingdom
Other names Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor
Title Earl of Ulster (by courtesy)
Spouse(s) Claire Booth
Children Xan, Lord Culloden
Lady Cosima Windsor
Parents Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Birgitte Eva van Deurs
Awards see Honours

Major Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, Earl of Ulster (born 24 October 1974 in London), is the only son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and 24th in line to the British throne.

As heir apparent to the dukedom of Gloucester, he is accorded the courtesy title Earl of Ulster, but is commonly known as Alex Ulster.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Eton College Chapel

Lord Ulster was educated at Eton College, England before going up to King's College London where he read War Studies, graduating in 1996 as BA (London); he then attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Ulster was commissioned in 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,[2] and to the rank of captain on 16 October 2000.[3] He saw active service in Northern Ireland, Kosovo in 2002, as well as Iraq. He served in the MND(SE) as an Information Operations staff officer. In Basrah he was responsible for advising on divisional level KLE, monitoring atmospherics within the city and advising on the communications strategy pertinent to the handover of Basrah Palace.[1] 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 with the rank of acting major.[5]

Since leaving military service, Ulster has worked as director of Transnational Crisis Project.

Family life[edit]

Ulster married Claire Booth, a physician, on 22 June 2002 at the Queen's Chapel, St. James's Palace.[6] The couple have two children:

  • Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Baron Culloden (born 12 March 2007)[7]
  • Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor (born 20 May 2010)[8]

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

Honours and arms[edit]

Arms[edit]

Arms of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster
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Crest
On the Coronet of children of other sons of the Sovereign, composed of four Crosses-pattées alternated with four Strawberry Leaves, a Lion statant guardant Or, crowned with the like Coronet, and differenced with the Label as in the Arms.
Helm
That of a Gentleman
Escutcheon
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)

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Duke of Gloucester
Line of succession to the British throne
Earl of Ulster
(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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