|Lord Nicholas Windsor|
25 July 1970 |
University College Hospital, London
|Other names||Nicholas Charles Edward Jonathan Windsor|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Nicholas Windsor (m. 2006)|
|Children||Albert Windsor (b.2007)
Leopold Windsor (b. 2009)
|Parents||Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
Katharine, Duchess of Kent
The Lord Nicholas Charles Edward Jonathan Windsor (born 25 July 1970) is the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, a great-grandson of King George V. He is a first cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II.
Lord Nicholas Windsor was born in 1970 at University College Hospital, London, and was the first member of the British Royal Family to be born in a hospital. He has an older brother, the Earl of St Andrews, and a sister, Lady Helen Taylor. He was baptised on 11 September 1970 at Windsor Castle. His godparents included Charles, Prince of Wales and Donald Coggan, at the time Archbishop of York and later Archbishop of Canterbury.
In a private ceremony in 2001 he was received into the Roman Catholic Church, and therefore forfeited his right of succession to the British throne. The Act of Settlement bars past or present Roman Catholics, and those who marry Roman Catholics, from the succession. Windsor became the first male blood Royal to convert to Catholicism since King Charles II on his deathbed in 1685.
Windsor met his future wife, Paola Doimi de Lupis Frankopan, at a party in New York City in 1999 to mark the Millennium. He became engaged to her in July 2006. They married on 4 November 2006 in the Church of St Stephen of the Abyssinians in the Vatican following a civil ceremony on 19 October 2006 in a London register office and she became Lady Nicholas Windsor. This is the first time a member of the British Royal Family has married in the Vatican. As required by the Royal Marriages Act 1772, the Privy Council of the United Kingdom consented to the marriage.
Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor had their first child, a son, Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor, on 22 September 2007 at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London. Albert is the eighth grandchild for the Duke and Duchess of Kent. The child is the first Windsor to carry the name Albert since King George VI, but the couple has said he was actually named after Saint Albert the Great, according to some reports, while his middle name Philip was given in honour of Saint Philip Neri. The names Louis and Edward are after his maternal and paternal grandfathers, respectively. Lady Nicholas gave birth to the couple's second child, Leopold Ernest Augustus Guelph Windsor, on 8 September 2009 at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
Both Albert and Leopold were baptised as Roman Catholics. Albert was baptised in the Queen's Chapel in St. James's Palace and Leopold was baptised by Angelo Cardinal Comastri in St. Peter's in the Vatican on 29 May 2010.
Royal Family roleEdit
Lord Nicholas has no official or state role. As a close blood relative of the royal family, he is invited to family events such as royal weddings and birthdays. He was in the Royal Box at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert in June 2012.
Work for charityEdit
In 2007 Lord Nicholas accepted the invitation to become Patron of Bromley Mind. The position is a public statement of his support for its work, and he makes a practical contribution from time to time by supporting special events and fundraising campaigns.
Lord Nicholas has worked for the Refugee Council in London, the DePaul Trust for the homeless and in a school for autistic children. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Centre in Washington DC at the invitation of George Weigel in 2008. He is a Trustee of the Catholic National Library and The Right to Life Charitable Trust, an educational body whose goal is the full protection of the unborn child.
Lord Nicholas has also recently been appointed Director of the Rome-based Dignitatis Humanae Institute, an organization designed to help protect the integrity of Christian's serving in the public square.
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