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 43)
St Mary's Hospital, London
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)
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) 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 ninth in the line of succession to the British throne 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

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

He 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 Alexandra 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.

Countess of Ulster
Born Claire Alexandra Booth
(1977-12-29) 29 December 1977 (age 40)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Other names
  • Lady Ulster (formal)
  • Dr. Claire Booth (professional)
Occupation Physician, pediatrician
Spouse(s) Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster (m. 2002)
Children
  • Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden
  • Lady Cosima Windsor
Parent(s)
  • Robert Booth
  • Barbara Patricia Hitchin

Claire Booth[edit]

Claire Alexandra Windsor, Countess of Ulster (born Claire Alexandra Booth on 29 December 1977) is the wife of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster. A physician by profession, she prefers to remain known as Dr Claire Booth.

Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, she went to King's College, London to study medicine, graduating in 2001 as Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS); she subsequently graduated from University College, London as MSc in 2007 and PhD in 2012.[9]

She is the elder child of Robert Booth, FCMI, of Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire (born 1948 at Rotherham and a scion of the ancient Cheshire Booth family) by his wife Barbara Patricia, daughter of Wilfred Robert Hitchin.[10] She has a younger sister, Joanne Booth, who was born in 1979.

On 22 June 2002 she was married to Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster at the Queen's Chapel, St James's Palace. Lady Ulster qualified as a paediatric specialist registrar, after which she became a consultant paediatrician.[11] On 1 September 2012, she was appointed Clinical Training Fellow (Walport Lecturer) at University College.

Ulster had her first child, a son, Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden, on 12 March 2007, and a second child, a daughter, Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor, on 20 May 2010.[12]

Lord Culloden
Born Xan Richard Anders Windsor
(2007-03-12) 12 March 2007 (age 10)
London, England
Parent(s)
  • Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster
  • Claire Booth

Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden[edit]

Xan Richard Anders Windsor, Lord Culloden (born 12 March 2007) is the elder child and only son of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster, and Claire Windsor, Countess of Ulster.

Lord Culloden, born in London, is second in line to succeed his paternal grandfather, Prince Richard, as Duke of Gloucester.[13] His sister, Lady Cosima, is three years his junior.[14] Lord Culloden is 26th in the line to the British throne.[15]

Lady Cosima Windsor
Born Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor
(2010-05-20) 20 May 2010 (age 7)
Parent(s)
  • Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster
  • Claire Booth

Lady Cosima Windsor[edit]

The Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor (born 20 May 2010)[16] is the younger child and only daughter of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster, and Claire Windsor, Countess of Ulster.

Her father is the only son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and she is 27th in the line to the British throne. She is the second of the five grandchildren of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and their first granddaughter.

Honours[edit]

References[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. ^ www.burkespeerage.com
  7. ^ www.womanandhome.com
  8. ^ Daily Telegraph Birth Announcements – Ulster
  9. ^ www.ucl.ac.uk
  10. ^ www.burkespeerage.com
  11. ^ Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
  12. ^ Daily Telegraph Announcements
  13. ^ "Lord Culloden". Debretts. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Telegraph Announcements: Births: Ulster". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Succession". The British Monarchy. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  16. ^ Telegraph Announcements

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Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster
Born: 24 October 1974
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
Gentlemen
Earl of Ulster
Succeeded by
Earl of St Andrews