George Cambridge, 2nd Marquess of Cambridge
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|Marquess of Cambridge|
|Born||11 October 1895|
|Died||16 April 1981(aged 85)|
|Spouse||Dorothy Isabel Westenra Hastings|
|Issue||Lady Mary Whitley|
|Father||Adolphus Cambridge, 1st Marquess of Cambridge|
|Mother||Lady Margaret Grosvenor|
George Francis Hugh Cambridge, 2nd Marquess of Cambridge, GCVO (11 October 1895 – 16 April 1981), known as Prince George of Teck until 1917 and as Earl of Eltham from 1917 to 1927, was a minor member of the British Royal Family, a great-great-grandson of King George III and nephew of Queen Mary, the consort of King George V. He was also nephew to the 1st Earl of Athlone. He was the elder son of the 1st Marquess of Cambridge, formerly the Duke of Teck, and his wife, the former Lady Margaret Grosvenor.
Born at Grosvenor House, the home of his maternal grandfather, the 1st Duke of Westminster, he was styled His Serene Highness Prince George of Teck from birth. On his father's side, he was descended from King George III and -morganatically- from the Royal House of Württemberg. In June 1917, at the request of George V, his father relinquished the titles, styles, and designations, "Highness", "Duke of Teck" and "of Teck" in the Kingdom of Württemberg and the German Empire, and assumed the surname Cambridge by Royal Licence and Warrant. The former Duke of Teck was subsequently created Marquess of Cambridge, Earl of Eltham and Viscount Northallerton in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. Prince George became George Cambridge and was styled Earl of Eltham as a courtesy title. He succeeded his father as 2nd Marquess of Cambridge on 24 October 1927. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in June 1927 and was promoted to Knight Grand Cross in June 1935.
Education and career
Prince George of Teck was educated at Eton College and then at Magdalen College, Oxford. He joined the Reserve Regiment of the 1st Life Guards during World War I and served as an aide-de-camp on the Personal Staff in 1918-1919.
In 1929, he became a director of Coutts & Company, a banking firm. This made him the second member of the British royal family (albeit, a very minor one) to pursue a career in the City of London. He remained with the firm until his retirement in 1951.
Marriage and family
On 10 April 1923, he married Dorothy Isabel Westenra Hastings (18 May 1899 Cirencester – 1 April 1988), daughter of The Hon. Osmund William Toone Westenra Hastings, who was a younger son of the 13th Earl of Huntingdon.
Lord and Lady Cambridge regularly attended major royal occasions, although they did not carry out royal duties. Lord Cambridge participated in the coronations of George V, George VI, and Elizabeth II. For many years he served as Royal Trustee of the British Museum.
When Lord Cambridge died, on 16 April 1981 in Little Abington, he was buried in the Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore. His peerages became extinct. His brother, Lord Frederick Cambridge, had died while fighting in Belgium during World War II.
Styles from birth to death
- His Serene Highness Prince George of Teck (1895–1917)
- George Cambridge, Esq. (1917–1917)
- Earl of Eltham (1917–1927)
- The Most Hon. The Marquess of Cambridge (1927–1981)
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