Duchess of Gloucester championed as underdog of Royal Family by adoring fans – Express

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The Duchess is a cousin-in-law of the Queen and plays an active yet largely unseen role within the Royal Family. The unassuming Royal has an extensive portfolio of over 60 charities, to which she devotes a large portion of her time promoting and supporting. Her interests range from children’s welfare to medical research projects and community initiatives.

The Duchess was recently involved in helping to promote awareness and raise funds for Prostate UK, for which she is a patron.

She and her husband Prince Richard took part in the March The Month campaign organised by the men’s health charity.

The event challenged participants to walk 11,000 steps every day for the month of March.

Her dedication to her causes along with her quiet and modest ways has endeared her to a legion of royal fans, who believe her efforts deserve greater public recognition.

One admirer wrote on Twitter: “Birgitte – HRH The Duchess of Gloucester – is probably the least known ‘working royal’, but she has been the perfect example of quiet dignity and service for almost 50 years now.”

Another described her as the “best non-royal Royal wives.”

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Her relationship with the Duke of Gloucester became more serious throughout the course of that year, leading to their engagement.

They were married in a low-key wedding ceremony at St Andrew’s Church in 1972.

She and her husband have three children – Lady Rose Gilman, Lady Davina Windsor and Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster.


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