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Thursday, December 9, 2010

In the Bronx Today: His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester

Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, is visiting Lehman College today.

Yeah, I hadn't heard of him either, and I'm from England. A quick Internet search shows he's the grandson of King George V and a first cousin of the present monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. He was born Prince Richard and became the Duke of Gloucester when his father died in 1974. You can both a prince and a duke, just as Prince Philip is also the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles the Duke of Cornwall and the Duke of Rothesay.

But I digress.

The duke - full name Richard Alexander Walter George - also serves as the royal patron of the St. George's Society of New York, a charitable organization. To date it has contributed more than $200,000 to a scholarship fund, aiding 59 Lehman students of British or Commonwealth heritage, all in their final year of study.

During today's visit, the duke is taking a tour of the campus, giving a lecture (title: "The Commonwealth as an Expression of Global Community, Not Empire"), and meeting scholarship recipients.

He'll also present a $10,000 scholarship from the 
Mountbatten Institute, one of the St. George's Society's partners, to Lehman alumna Shireen Frederick. With the money, Frederick, who's from Antigua and lives in the Bronx, is off to London to study international business at St. Mary's University College and intern for a financial services company.

"The support of The St. George's Society is treasured by all of us at the College," said Ricardo R. Fernandez, Lehman's president, in a statement. "Particularly in these difficult economic times, these scholarships are building a bridge to the future both for these men and women and for our city."


  1. Wow -- the Duke of Gloucester, also named Richard? Heck, I thought this was a story about the Lehman Theatre program putting on Richard III.

    That Shakespearean Richard, aka, Duke of Gloucester spoke most famously that line "Now is the winter of our discontent." Where oh where is our "sun of York" in the Bronx?

  2. I think if you check, you will find Prince Charles is Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothseay, etc. http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/personalprofiles/theprinceofwales/abouttheprince/titles/ show his titles as "His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland."

  3. Thanks for pointing out the error. I made the change.


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