Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester

Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester

Politician + President + Prince
Born Mar 31, 1900
Died Jun 10, 1974

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He was baptised at the private chapel of Windsor Castle on 17 May 1900, by Randall Thomas Davidson, Bishop of Winchester, and his godparents were: Queen Victoria (his great-grandmother); the German Emperor (his cousin, for whom Prince Albert of Prussia stood proxy); Princess Henry of Battenberg (his paternal grandaunt); the Duchess of Cumberland (his paternal grandaunt, whose sister, his grandmother the Princess of Wales represented her); Prince George of Greece (his cousin, for whom Prince Henry's paternal grandfather the Prince of Wales stood proxy); Princess Carl of Denmark (his paternal aunt, for whom her sister Princess Victoria of Wales stood proxy); Prince Alexander of Teck (his maternal uncle, for whom Prince Henry's granduncle the Duke of Cambridge stood proxy); and Field Marshal The Earl Roberts (for whom General Sir Dighton Probyn stood proxy).


1913 13 Years Old Prince Henry attended St Peter's Court in Broadstairs and Eton College from September 1913 and during the First World War the house in which he lived, Mr. Lubbock's, was also home to Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium (later Leopold III).
1919 19 Years Old Unlike his brothers, Prince Henry joined the Army instead of the Royal Navy. He attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1919. … Read More


1928 28 Years Old On 31 March 1928, his father created him Duke of Gloucester, Earl of Ulster, and Baron Culloden, three titles that linked him with three parts of the United Kingdom, namely England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.


1930 30 Years Old On 2 November 1930 he attended the coronation of Haile Selassie of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa. … Read More
1935 35 Years Old On 6 November 1935, Henry married Lady Alice Christabel Montagu Douglas Scott, a daughter of John Montagu Douglas Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch. … Read More


1940 40 Years Old He was slightly wounded in 1940 when his staff car was attacked from the air. … Read More
1944 44 Years Old In late 1944 the Duke was unexpectedly appointed Governor-General of Australia. … Read More
1945 45 Years Old When Curtin died in 1945, the Duke appointed Frank Forde as prime minister.
1947 47 Years Old Gloucester left Australia in March 1947, after two years in the job, due to the need to act as Regent during the absence in South Africa of his brother, King George VI. … Read More
1949 49 Years Old In May 1949, the Duke temporarily served in the office of Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. … Read More


1953 53 Years Old The Duke attended the coronation of his niece, Elizabeth II in 1953. … Read More
1954 54 Years Old In 1954 the Duke served as the Treasurer of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn.


1972 72 Years Old 1 More Event
He suffered a series of strokes in later years, and was too ill to attend the funeral of the Duke of Windsor in 1972. … Read More
1974 74 Years Old 1 More Event
When he died on 10 June 1974, his second son, Prince Richard, inherited the title of Duke of Gloucester. … Read More
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