HRH The Duke of Gloucester HRH the Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO is the Grange's Royal patron having taken over the role from his mother Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester in 2004. More... Expand Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester was born in 1944, the grandson of George V. He is currently 24th in line to the throne and carries out royal engagements on behalf of his cousin, Queen Elizabeth II. He studied architecture at Cambridge and went into practice as a partner in a London architectural firm. In 1972 the death of his brother, William of Gloucester, in a plane crash, left Richard first in line to his father’s Dukedom and he resigned his partnership to take on more royal duties. We were honoured when the Duke opened our new flats in Bookham Village in May 2012.