Lady Davina Lewis

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The Lady Davina Lewis
Born The Lady Davina Windsor
(1977-11-19) 19 November 1977 (age 36)
St Mary's Hospital, London, England
Other names Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedikte Lewis
Spouse(s) Gary Lewis
Children Senna Kowhai Lewis (b. 2010)
Tāne Mahuta Lewis (b. 2012)[1]
Parents Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester

The Lady Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedikte Lewis (née Windsor; born 19 November 1977) is the elder daughter of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and the Duchess of Gloucester, and is 27th in the line of succession to the British throne.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

She was born The Lady Davina Windsor in London at St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington. Lady Davina was educated at Kensington Preparatory School in Notting Hill, followed by St. George's School, Ascot. She is a graduate of the University of the West of England, with a degree in media studies.

Marriage and children[edit]

On 31 July 2004, Lady Davina married Gary Christie Lewis, a New Zealander. Son of Larry Lewis, who was runner-up in the Golden Shears in 1982,[3][4] and Viki Smiler (formerly Lewis, now Carr), Gary is also nephew of noted author Witi Ihimaera. The wedding took place at the chapel of Kensington Palace, Lady Davina's childhood home.[5]

Gary was born on 25 August 1970 in Gisborne, New Zealand,[6] and attended Lytton High School.[7] He is the second of four children, with an older sister (Donelle) and two younger brothers (Ian and Hore). He is the first Maori to join the extended Royal family.[8] He is a carpenter and a surfing enthusiast, and has a son, Ari (born 1992) from a previous relationship.[6]

The couple had known each other for four years, having met on holiday in Bali.[9] Apart from the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, no other members of the Royal Family were present at the wedding.

Lady Davina's grandmother, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, was not present due to her age and infirmity, but was reportedly[by whom?] visited by the newly married couple shortly afterwards.

Lady Davina and her husband have a daughter, Senna Kowhai, who was born on 22 June 2010[10] and a son, Tāne Mahuta, who was born 25 May 2012. The baby boy was named after the Tāne Mahuta, a giant kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest of Northland Region, New Zealand.[1]

As a member of the extended royal family, Lady Davina does not carry out official functions, but does attend family events including royal weddings. Lady Davina and Gary Lewis were invited to attend the Queen's reception for members of the New Zealand All Blacks at Buckingham Palace in 2005.[11]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kiwi royal named for king of forest". The New Zealand Herald. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  2. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 10097 § 100964". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  3. ^ "Open Shearing - Second shear British Breed, Sheep". Golden Shears - Masterton, New Zealand. Shearing World. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  4. ^ Thomson, Ainsley (6 April 2004). "Gazza unfazed by new royal in-laws". National News (APN Holdings NZ - New Zealand Herald). Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  5. ^ "British royal marries Maori builder". The Sydney Morning Herald Online. 2 August 2004. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  6. ^ a b "Lady Davina quits London for life in Auckland with Maori husband". Hello Online. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  7. ^ Elliott, John (1 August 2004). "Haka ever after as royal weds Maori". The Sunday Times (London: Times Newspapers). Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  8. ^ "The picture that reveals the changing face of the Royal Family ... and families everywhere". Daily Mail (London). 20 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "Royal to marry a sheep shearer". London: The Daily Mail Online. 31 July 2004. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  10. ^ Walker, Tim (30 June 2010). "Duke and Duchess of Gloucester celebrate birth of their first granddaughter". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Royalty and statesmen
British royalty
Preceded by
Lady Cosima Windsor
Line of succession to the British throne
granddaughter of Henry, son of George V
Succeeded by
Tāne Mahuta Lewis