George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews

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Earl of St Andrews
BornGeorge Philip Nicholas Windsor
(1962-06-26) 26 June 1962 (age 56)[1]
Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire, England

George Philip Nicholas Windsor, Earl of St Andrews (born 26 June 1962) is the elder son of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent[2] and his wife Katharine, Duchess of Kent. He is styled Earl of St Andrews, one of his father's subsidiary titles, which he holds by courtesy as heir apparent to the Dukedom of Kent.

Education and career[edit]

Lord St Andrews was educated at Eton College and Downing College, Cambridge where he earned an MA degree.

A former diplomat, he is a Trustee of the SOS Children's Villages UK charity and a Patron of the Association for International Cancer Research. In April 2012, he also became a Trustee of the Next Century Foundation, a charity working throughout the Middle East.

St Andrews is Patron of the Welsh Sinfonia, Wales' professional chamber orchestra, conducted by Mark Eager.

St Andrews is a Trustee of the Global eHealth Foundation.

Lord St Andrews was installed as Chancellor of the University of Bolton on 30 March 2017.

Marriage and children[edit]

On 9 January 1988, St Andrews married Sylvana Tomaselli, a Canadian-born academic, in a registry office at Edinburgh.

The couple has three children:[3]

Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick[edit]

Edward Edmund Maximilian George Windsor, Lord Downpatrick[4] (born 2 December 1988 at St Mary's Hospital, London), is the only son and heir apparent of George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, and Sylvana Windsor, Countess of St Andrews.[5]

Lord Downpatrick is heir, after his father, to the Dukedom of Kent. In 2003, following the example of his grandmother, the Duchess of Kent, and uncle, Lord Nicholas Windsor, he became a member of the Roman Catholic Church and therefore was barred from the line of succession to the British Throne.

Downpatrick grew up in the locality of Cambridge. After Eton, he went up to Keble College, Oxford, where he read Modern Languages, specialising in French and German.[6]

Downpatrick is the most senior potential heir to Queen Elizabeth II excluded from the line of succession for being a Roman Catholic under the Act of Settlement 1701, followed by his younger sister Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor, who also has been confirmed as a Roman Catholic. However, his youngest sister, Lady Amelia Windsor, remains in line to the throne. He was one of Diana, Princess of Wales's 17 godchildren.

Succession issues[edit]

St Andrews' wife is a Roman Catholic. According to the Act of Settlement 1701, no person who is Catholic or marries a Catholic could succeed to the throne of any country whose constitution subscribes to that Act. Therefore, from his marriage until 26 March 2015, St Andrews was barred from succession to the throne. After the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 came into effect on 26 March 2015, he is no longer barred from succession and is currently 37th in line (the most senior to be restored to the succession list), although his two older children, as Catholics, are still barred.

The Dukedom of Kent is not subject to the Act of Settlement or the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, so St Andrews' son and heir, Lord Downpatrick, is in line to become the first Roman Catholic Duke or Earl of Kent since the Reformation.



  1. ^ "Andrew zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Prince of Greece and Denmark". 24 February 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  2. ^ "The Duke of Kent". The Royal Household. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  3. ^ Kiri Sutherland (4 October 2010). "Where have you been hiding girls? After years in the shadows, two more Windsor beauties step into the spotlight". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  4. ^ Ronald Allison; Sarah Riddell (1991). The Royal encyclopedia. Macmillan Press. p. 145. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  5. ^ Charles Kidd and David Williamson, editor, Debretts Peerage and Baronetage (London, U.K.: Debrett's Peerage, 1999), volume 1, page cxx.
  6. ^ "Matriculation 2007–8 — At undergraduate level" (PDF). The Record. Keble College, Oxford: 91. 2008.
George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews
Born: 26 June 1962
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Ernest Ryder
Chancellor of the University of Bolton
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Duke of Kent
Succession to the British throne
(grandson of George, son of George V)
Followed by
Lady Amelia Windsor
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Earl of Ulster
Earl of St Andrews
Succeeded by
Prince George of Cambridge