James Ogilvy

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James Ogilvy
Angus Ogilvy Arms.svg
Ogilvy's coat of arms[1]
Born (1964-02-29) 29 February 1964 (age 52)
Thatched House Lodge, Richmond Park, Surrey, England
Other names James Robert Bruce Ogilvy
Alma mater Heatherdown Preparatory School
Eton College
University of St Andrews
Spouse(s) Julia Rawlinson (m. 1988)
Children Flora Ogilvy
Alexander Ogilvy
Parent(s) Sir Angus Ogilvy
Princess Alexandra of Kent

James Robert Bruce Ogilvy (born 29 February 1964) is the elder child and only son of Sir Angus Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra of Kent.[2][3][4]

Early life and family[edit]

He was born in Thatched House Lodge, Richmond Park, Surrey[5][6] and was the first of four children born to royalty in 1964. He is a godson of Queen Elizabeth II.[7] When he was born he was 13th in the line of succession to the British throne.[3] As of May 2016, he is 51st.


The Most Reverend Arthur Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, performed Ogilvy's baptism; seven godparents, starting with Queen Elizabeth II, attended. Water from the River Jordan was used in the ceremony, and Ogilvy wore the christening robe that was originally made for the children of his ancestor, Queen Victoria.[8]

Education and professional life[edit]

Ogilvy attended Heatherdown Preparatory School, Eton College, and the University of St Andrews.

He is the publisher and founder of Luxury Briefing, a magazine launched in 1996,[4][9] and has served on numerous boards of directors.


He married Julia Caroline Rawlinson on 30 July 1988 at St Mary the Virgin Church in Saffron Walden, Essex. The couple has two children.[4][10] They are also in the line of succession:

He is also a godfather of Princess Eugenie of York, the younger daughter of Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York.

Ancestry and succession[edit]

His maternal grandparents were Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of King George V, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, known after her marriage as Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent. Princess Marina was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia (later known as Princess Nicholas of Greece and Denmark). He has a younger sister, Marina Ogilvy.[6][11]

Ogilvy does not hold any royal title or perform royal duties. His mother, Princess Alexandra, does however perform royal duties on behalf of the Queen, her first cousin. As an extended member of the British Royal Family, James Ogilvy is invited to major royal occasions, such as weddings and funerals; he accompanied his widowed mother to the wedding of The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles in April 2005.

In addition to being in line for the throne through his mother, he is in line, through his father, to the Earldom of Airlie.


  1. ^ Maclagan, Michael; Louda, Jiří (1999). Lines of Succession: Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe. London: Little, Brown & Co. p. 31. ISBN 1-85605-469-1. 
  2. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (28 December 2004). "Angus Ogilvy, 76, Banker With Ties to British Royalty, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 11 March 2008. He and Princess Alexandra had a son, James Robert Bruce Ogilvy, and a daughter, Marina Victoria Alexandra. Once estranged from their parents, they had reconciled and, according to The Times of London, were with them at the time of Sir Angus's death. 
  3. ^ a b "Royal baby for leap year day". BBC. 1964. Retrieved 8 March 2008. The Ogilvy baby was one of several royal babies due within months of each other. The 9lb 6oz boy will be unique among them in having no title. Master Ogilvy is currently 13th in line to the throne but will soon be displaced to 16th. 
  4. ^ a b c Ruhl, Ana Maria (29 August 2006). "James Ogilvy: A Luxury In Briefing". The Royalist. Retrieved 8 March 2008. A lesser known royal has carved out a successful niche as an editor in the publishing world for the past ten years by launching the magazine Luxury Briefing in 1996. He is forty-two-year-old James Ogilvy, son of the Queen's cousin, H.R.H Princess Alexandra of Kent, and the late Sir Angus Ogilvy. 
  5. ^ Wakeford, Geoffrey. Thirty Years a Queen: A Study of H.M. Queen Elizabeth. She herself led the way when James Robert Bruce Ogilvy was born at Thatched House Lodge in Richmond Park at 12.15 on the afternoon of Saturday, ... 
  6. ^ a b "James Ogilvy, Princess Alexandra's son, talks to Cassandra Jardine about his life as a junior royal.". The Daily Telegraph. London. 26 October 1996. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2008. He was brought up in Thatched House Lodge, a royal grace and favour dwelling in Richmond Park, and his early memories are of bicycling alone around it. It was not, he remembers, until the kidnap attempt on the Princess Royal in 1973 that security became an issue, and even then it was only his mother who was issued with a bodyguard. 
  7. ^ "'Nappy and glorious'". Daily Mail. 1 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Baptized". Time (magazine). 22 May 1964. Retrieved 11 March 2008. ... But none of that made the slightest impression on the son of Princess Alexandra and Angus Ogilvy. Just like any other healthy ten-week-old, he let out a sharp little yip as he was baptized James Robert Bruce Ogilvy. 
  9. ^ "Luxury Briefing". Luxury Briefing. Retrieved 8 March 2008. James Ogilvy – Publisher and founder of Luxury Briefing 
  10. ^ "James Robert Bruce Ogilvy". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 11 March 2008. Son of HRH Princess Alexandra and Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy. James married Julia. ... James Robert Bruce Ogilvy; Julia Caroline Ogilvy (née Rawlinson) 
  11. ^ "2d Child, a Daughter, Born To Princess Alexandra.". New York Times. 1 August 1966. Retrieved 11 March 2008. Princess Alexandra, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth, gave birth tonight to her second child, a daughter weighing 7 pounds 8 ounces. 

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James Ogilvy
Born: 29 February 1964
Preceded by
Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy
Line of succession to the British throne
grandson of George, son of George V
Succeeded by
Alexander Ogilvy