Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster

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Earl of Ulster
Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor

(1974-10-24) 24 October 1974 (age 44)
Alma materKing's College London
TitleEarl of Ulster (by courtesy)
Claire Booth (m. 2002)
Military career
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1998–2008
UnitKing's Royal Hussars
Battles/warsKosovo War
Iraq War
Awardssee Honours

Major Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, Earl of Ulster (born 24 October 1974) is a former British Army officer. He is the only son of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. At the time of his birth he was ninth in the line of succession to the British throne and is currently 27th as of June 2018.

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]

Alexander Windsor was born in 24 October 1974 at St Mary's Hospital, London, the eldest child and only son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Educated at Eton College, before going up to King's College London to read War Studies, he graduated in 1996 as BA (London), before attending 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. At 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, Lord Ulster has worked as a director of Transnational Crisis Project[6] and in non-governmental organisation roles.

Family life[edit]

Lord Ulster married Claire Alexandra Booth (born 29 December 1977), a physician, on 22 June 2002 at the Queen's Chapel, St. James's Palace.[7] Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Dr Booth went to King's College, London to study medicine, graduating with an MBBS degree in 2001. She subsequently graduated from University College, London with an MSc in 2007 and PhD degree in 2012.[8] She is the elder child of Robert Booth, FCMI, of Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire (born 1948 at Rotherham) by his wife Barbara Patricia, daughter of Wilfred Robert Hitchin.[7] The Countess of Ulster qualified as a paediatric specialist registrar, after which she became a consultant paediatrician.[9]

Lord and Lady Ulster have two children:




See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Alex Ulster". Crisis Project. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012.
  2. ^ "No. 55136". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 May 1998. p. 5819.
  3. ^ "No. 56055". The London Gazette. 12 December 2000. p. 13980.
  4. ^ "No. 56880". The London Gazette (Supplement). 18 March 2003. pp. 3414–3415.
  5. ^ "No. 58811". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 September 2008. p. 13339.
  6. ^ TRAC
  7. ^ a b "Dr. Claire Alexandra Booth". The Peerage. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Iris View Profile". Institutional Research Information Service. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Dr Claire Booth". UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Royal Family: Who's Who!". woman&home. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Lord Culloden". Debretts. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  12. ^ "Succession". The British Monarchy. Archived from the original on 1 August 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  13. ^ "ULSTER - Births Announcements". Telegraph Announcements. Retrieved 16 May 2018.

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Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Duke of Gloucester
Succession to the British throne
Earl of Ulster
(grandson of Henry, son of George V)
Followed 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