George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews

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Earl of St Andrews
Born George Philip Nicholas Windsor
(1962-06-26) 26 June 1962 (age 55)[1]
Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire, England
Spouse(s) Sylvana Tomaselli (m. 1988)
Children
  • Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick
  • Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor
  • Lady Amelia Windsor
Parent(s)

George Philip Nicholas Windsor, Earl of St Andrews (born 26 June 1962), is the elder son of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent,[2] and his wife, Katharine, Duchess of Kent. He is styled Earl of St Andrews, one of his father's subsidiary titles, which he holds by courtesy as heir apparent to the Dukedom of Kent.

Education and career

Lord St Andrews was educated at Eton College and Downing College, Cambridge where he earned an MA degree.

A former diplomat, he is a Trustee of the SOS Children's Villages UK charity and a Patron of the Association for International Cancer Research. In April 2012, he also became a Trustee of the Next Century Foundation, a charity working throughout the Middle East.

St Andrews is Patron of the Welsh Sinfonia, Wales' professional chamber orchestra, conducted by Mark Eager.

St Andrews is a Trustee of the Global eHealth Foundation.

Earl of St Andrews was installed as Chancellor of the University of Bolton on 30 March 2017.

Marriage and children

On 9 January 1988, St Andrews married divorcée Sylvana Tomaselli in a register office at Edinburgh.

The couple has three children:[3]

Lord Downpatrick
Born Edward Edmund Maximilian George Windsor
(1988-12-02) 2 December 1988 (age 29)
St Mary's Hospital, London, England
Parent(s) George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews
Sylvana Tomaselli

Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick

Edward Edmund Maximilian George Windsor, Lord Downpatrick[4] (born 2 December 1988 at St Mary's Hospital in London), is the only son and heir apparent of George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, and Sylvana Windsor, Countess of St Andrews.[5]

Lord St Andrews is the elder son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent. Lord Downpatrick is thus, after his father, heir to the Dukedom of Kent. In 2003, following the example of his grandmother, the Duchess of Kent, and uncle, Lord Nicholas Windsor, he became a member of the Roman Catholic Church and therefore was barred from the line of succession to the British Throne.

Downpatrick grew up in the locality of Cambridge, where his mother is an academic. After Eton, he went up to Keble College, Oxford, where he read Modern Languages, specialising in French and German.[6]

Downpatrick is the most senior potential heir to Queen Elizabeth excluded from the line of succession for being a Roman Catholic under the Act of Settlement 1701, followed by his younger sister Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor, who also has been confirmed as a Roman Catholic. However, his youngest sister, Lady Amelia Windsor, remains in line to the throne. He was one of Diana, Princess of Wales's 17 godchildren.

Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor
Born Marina Charlotte Alexandra Katharine Helen Windsor[7]
(1992-09-30) 30 September 1992 (age 25)
Rosie Hospital, Cambridge, England
Parent(s) George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews
Sylvana Tomaselli

Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor

Lady Marina Charlotte Alexandra Katharine Helen Windsor[7] (born 30 September 1992 in Cambridge) is the elder daughter of George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, and his wife Sylvana Windsor, Countess of St Andrews.[8][9]

She was born at the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge and named for her great-grandmother, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Until 2008 she was 25th in the line of succession to the British Throne, bypassing her elder brother, who is a Roman Catholic, however, The Observer reported that she had been confirmed as a Roman Catholic, and had therefore forfeited her place in the line of succession.[10]

Lady Marina Charlotte attended St Mary's School, Ascot with her sister Lady Amelia.[11]

Lady Amelia Windsor
Born Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor
(1995-08-24) 24 August 1995 (age 22)
Rosie Hospital, Cambridge, England
Parent(s) George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews
Sylvana Tomaselli

Lady Amelia Windsor

Lady Amelia Sophia Theodora Mary Margaret Windsor (born 24 August 1995 in Cambridge) is the younger daughter of George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, and his wife Sylvana Windsor, Countess of St Andrews.

She was born at the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. She is 36th in the line of succession to the thrones of Britain, Canada, and the other Commonwealth realms, following her father. He married a Roman Catholic and was therefore formerly removed from line of succession in accordance with the Act of Settlement 1701[12] until the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 restored his place in the line. Lady Amelia's elder siblings, Lord Downpatrick and Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor, both converted to and were confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church, making them still ineligible for the succession.

On 30 November 2013, Lady Amelia made her début into society whilst attending the Ball des Débutantes in Paris.[13]

Succession issues

St Andrews' wife is a Roman Catholic. According to the Act of Settlement 1701, no person who is Catholic or marries a Catholic could succeed to the throne of any country whose constitution subscribes to that Act. Therefore, from his marriage until 26 March 2015, St Andrews was barred from succession to the throne. After the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 came into effect on 26 March 2015, he is no longer barred from succession and is currently 35th in line (the most senior to be restored to the succession list), although his two older children, as Catholics, are still barred.

The Dukedom of Kent is not subject to the Act of Settlement or the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, so St Andrews' son and heir, Lord Downpatrick, is in line to become the first Roman Catholic Duke or Earl of Kent since the Reformation.

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ "Andrew zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Prince of Greece and Denmark". thepeerage.com. 24 February 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  2. ^ "The Duke of Kent". The Royal Household. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  3. ^ Kiri Sutherland (4 October 2010). "Where have you been hiding girls? After years in the shadows, two more Windsor beauties step into the spotlight". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Ronald Allison; Sarah Riddell (1991). The Royal encyclopedia. Macmillan Press. p. 145. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  5. ^ Charles Kidd and David Williamson, editor, Debretts Peerage and Baronetage (London, U.K.: Debrett's Peerage, 1999), volume 1, page cxx.
  6. ^ "Matriculation 2007–8 — At undergraduate level" (PDF). The Record. Keble College, Oxford: 91. 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Court Circular". The Independent. Independent Print. 26 January 1993. 
  8. ^ "The Royal Family - Cousins of Her Majesty". Who's Who 2010. A & C Black. 
  9. ^ "The Scots Royal Lineage - The House of Windsor - Marina Charlotte Alexandra Katharine Windsor". British Royalty. Burke's Peerage & Gentry. 
  10. ^ Report on Lady Marina's conversion to Roman Catholicism
  11. ^ "Where have you been hiding girls? After years in the shadows, two more Windsor beauties step into the spotlight". Daily Mail. 4 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "Sucessors to the throne". CBC News. 27 March 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Lady Amelia Windsor, Kyra Kennedy and the daughter of a London cabbie rub Dior-draped shoulders at the Debutantes Ball in Paris". Daily Mail. 
George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews
Born: 26 June 1962
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Ernest Ryder
Chancellor of the University of Bolton
2017–present
Incumbent
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Duke of Kent
Succession to the British throne
(grandson of George, son of George V)
Followed by
Lady Amelia Windsor
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Earl of Ulster
Gentlemen
Earl of St Andrews
Succeeded by
Prince George of Cambridge
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