Richard, Duke of Gloucester who turns 70 on August 26th 2014
The unexpected duchess - Birgitte of Gloucester
He became Duke of Gloucester on June 10th 1974 when Henry, third son of George V and Queen Mary, died. A quiet life on the fringes of royal life was no longer a possibility and the new Duke and Duchess of Gloucester took on more engagements representing the Queen. In the last forty years, their schedule has slimmed down as younger members of the Royal Family take on more duties. But the life they have led since the start of their marriage has been very different from the one imagined for the little boy who was born in Hadley Common, Hertfordshire seventy years ago today. The last grandchild of a king and emperor who tried for a quiet life and ended up very royal indeed.