Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester

Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester

Soldier and Governor-general of Australia

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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 great-aunt); the Duchess of Cumberland (his paternal great-aunt, 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 great-uncle the Duke of Cambridge stood proxy); and Field Marshal The Earl Roberts (for whom General Sir Dighton Probyn stood proxy). … Read More
1909 9 Years Old By 1909, Henry’s poor health had become a serious concern for his parents. … Read More


1913 13 Years Old In September 1913 Henry started at Eton College and during the First World War a member of his house (Mr. Lubbock's) was Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium, later King Leopold III. … Read More
1919 19 Years Old 1 More Event
By the time he went to Cambridge in 1919 with his brother Albert, Henry had outgrown all his brothers both in height and size, and enjoyed very good health. … Read More


1928 28 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More
1929 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1929, he went to Japan to confer the Garter on the Emperor, and a year later he attended the coronation of Haile Selassie of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa. … Read More


1935 35 Years Old They were married on 6 November 1935. … Read More


Following the outbreak of the Second World War, he joined the British Expeditionary Force, serving as a Chief Liaison Officer. He was slightly wounded in 1940 when his staff car was attacked from the air. … Read More
1942 42 Years Old After Prince Henry's younger brother, the Duke of Kent, died in a plane crash in August 1942, it was decided that the Duke of Gloucester would not be sent on any further missions that could prove dangerous.
1944 44 Years Old In late 1944 the Duke was unexpectedly appointed Governor-General of Australia after his younger brother, the Duke of Kent, who had been offered the position died in an aeroplane crash in Scotland. … Read More
1945 45 Years Old When Curtin died in 1945, the Duke appointed Frank Forde as prime minister. … 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.


1965 65 Years Old His first stroke was in 1965; together with later strokes, they left him required to use a wheelchair and he was unable to speak for his last remaining years.
1967 67 Years Old His last public appearance was for the unveiling of Queen Mary's plaque at Marlborough House in 1967, where he appeared weak and considerably older than the Duke of Windsor.
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 his elder brother, the Duke of Windsor, or the wedding of his younger son, Prince Richard, both in 1972.
1974 74 Years Old 1 More Event
The Duke was the last surviving child of King George V and Queen Mary. He died on 10 June 1974. … Read More
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