Lady Davina Lewis

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Lady Davina Lewis
Born Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedikte Windsor
(1977-11-19) 19 November 1977 (age 38)
St Mary's Hospital, London, England
Alma mater University of the West of England
Spouse(s) Gary Lewis (m. 2004)
Children Senna Kowhai Lewis
Tāne Mahuta Lewis
Parent(s) Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester

Lady Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedikte Lewis (born Windsor on 19 November 1977) is the elder daughter of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and his wife Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. She is 28th in the line of succession to the British throne.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Lady Davina was born in London at St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington. Lady Davina was educated at Kensington Preparatory School in Notting Hill, followed by St. George's School, Ascot. She is a graduate of the University of the West of England, with a degree in media studies.

Marriage and children[edit]

On 31 July 2004, Lady Davina married Gary Christie Lewis (born in 1970), a New Zealander. He is the son of Larry Lewis, who was runner-up in the Golden Shears in 1982,[2][3] and nephew of the author Witi Ihimaera. The wedding took place at the chapel of Kensington Palace, Lady Davina's childhood home.[4] Lewis is the first part Maori to marry a daughter of a British prince.[5] He is a carpenter and a surfing enthusiast, and has a son, Ari (born 1992) from a previous relationship.[6] The couple had known each other for four years, having met on holiday in Bali.[7] Apart from the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, no other members of the Royal Family were present at the wedding.

Lady Davina and her husband have a daughter, Senna Kowhai, who was born on 22 June 2010[8] and a son, Tāne Mahuta, who was born 25 May 2012. Her son was named after the Tāne Mahuta, a giant kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest of Northland Region, New Zealand.[9] Until 26 March 2015 Tāne had been ahead of Senna in the line of succession to the British throne, as the old rules gave sons priority over daughters regardless of when they were born, but the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 gave Senna priority as the eldest child, making Senna and Tāne the 29th and 30th in line respectively.[10]

Lady Davina does not carry out official functions, but does attend family events including royal weddings. Lady Davina and Gary Lewis were invited to attend the Queen's reception for members of the New Zealand All Blacks at Buckingham Palace in 2005.[11]



  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 10097 § 100964". The Peerage. [unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "Open Shearing - Second shear British Breed, Sheep". Golden Shears - Masterton, New Zealand. Shearing World. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Thomson, Ainsley (6 April 2004). "Gazza unfazed by new royal in-laws". National News (APN Holdings NZ - New Zealand Herald). Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "British royal marries Maori builder". The Sydney Morning Herald Online. 2 August 2004. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "The picture that reveals the changing face of the Royal Family ... and families everywhere". Daily Mail (London). 20 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "Lady Davina quits London for life in Auckland with Maori husband". Hello Online. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Royal to marry a sheep shearer". London: The Daily Mail Online. 31 July 2004. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  8. ^ Walker, Tim (30 June 2010). "Duke and Duchess of Gloucester celebrate birth of their first granddaughter". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Kiwi royal named for king of forest". The New Zealand Herald. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "What do the new royal succession changes mean?" at Royal Central website, 26 March 2015 (retrieved 30 March 2015).
  11. ^ Royalty and statesmen
British royalty
Preceded by
Lady Cosima Windsor
Line of succession to the British throne
granddaughter of Henry, son of George V
Succeeded by
Senna Lewis