Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster

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Earl of Ulster
Born Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor
(1974-10-24) 24 October 1974 (age 42)
St Mary's Hospital, London, England
Alma mater King's College London
Title Earl of Ulster (by courtesy)
Spouse(s) Claire Booth (m. 2002)
Children Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden
Lady Cosima Windsor
Parent(s) Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Birgitte Eva van Deurs
Military career
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1998–2008
Rank Major
Unit King's Royal Hussars
Battles/wars Kosovo War
Iraq War
Awards see Honours

Major Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, Earl of Ulster (born 24 October 1974 in London), is a retired 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 9th in the line of the succession to succeed Queen Elizabeth II and is currently 25th.

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

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, Lord Culloden (born 12 March 2007)[7] who is currently 26th in line to the British throne
  • Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor (born 20 May 2010)[8] who is currently 27th in line to the British throne

Ulster has been 25th in the line of succession to the British throne since May 2015.

Honours and arms[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. 
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  8. ^ Daily Telegraph Birth Announcements – Ulster

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Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster
Born: 24 October 1974
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