Lord Nicholas Windsor


Lord Nicholas Windsor
Lord Nicholas Windsor
Born 25 July 1970 (1970-07-25) (age 41)
University College Hospital, London
Other names Nicholas Charles Edward Jonathan Windsor
Spouse Lady Nicholas Windsor
Children Albert Windsor (2007–)
Leopold Windsor, (2009–)
Parents Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
Katharine, Duchess of Kent

The Lord Nicholas Windsor (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 of the United Kingdom, and a first cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Early years

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 was styled as the younger son of a duke from birth, like all great-grandsons of British sovereigns in the male line. 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.[1]

Lord Nicholas was educated at Westminster School and then Harrow School. He later attended Harris Manchester College, Oxford where he studied theology.

Religion

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. In 2001 Lord Nicholas Windsor became the first male blood Royal to convert to Catholicism since Charles II on his deathbed in 1685. A number of members of Parliament welcomed Lord Nicholas' marriage in 2006 as "the first legal and public marriage within the rites of the Roman Catholic Church of a member of the Royal Family since 1554 and the marriage of Queen Mary I to Philip II of Spain"[2] and then later proposed a further Early Day Motion welcoming the Baptism of his first son Albert noting "that he was the first member of the Royal Family to be Baptised a Catholic since 1688 and the so-called Glorious Revolution when James II was chased away from his Crown and country on account of the Baptism of his son, the Old Pretender."[3]

On 14 July 2011, he became an Honorary Vice-President of the Friends of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Marriage

Lord Nicholas Windsor met his future wife, Paola Doimi de Lupis Frankopan, at a party in New York City in 1999 to mark the Millenium.[4] He became engaged to Paola Doimi de Lupis Frankopan in July 2006. They married on 4 November 2006 in the Church of Santo Stefano degli Abissini in the Vatican following a civil ceremony on 19 October 2006 in a London register office[5] and she became Lady Nicholas Windsor. This is the first time a member of the British Royal Family has married in the Vatican.[6] As required by the Royal Marriages Act 1772, the Privy Council of the United Kingdom consented to the marriage.[7]

Family

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.[8][9] 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.[10] The names Louis and Edward are after his maternal and paternal grandfathers, respectively.[8] Lady Nicholas gave birth to the couple's second child, Leopold Ernest Augustus Guelph Windsor,[11] on 8 September 2009 at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.[12]

Albert and his younger brother Leopold are given the courtesy title "The Honourable" before their names in the line of succession on the official Web site of the British Monarchy.[13] Normally, the sons of a younger son of a Duke would not be accorded this courtesy title.

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.[14] Their elder cousins, Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick and Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor, children of Lord Nicholas's elder brother, George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, were also listed in the line of succession until they were confirmed as Roman Catholics when they were teenagers.

Lord Nicholas and his sons are still in the line of succession to the Dukedom of Kent, the descent of which is not regulated by the Act of Settlement.

Ancestry


Work for Charity

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.[15]

He wrote for the American journal 'First Things' on the subject of abortion,[16] an article which was entered into the United States Congressional Record by Congressman Chris Smith.[17][18]

In 2011 Lord Nicholas was appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life.[19] He is co-signatory of the San José Articles considering protection of the unborn child.[20] He was rumoured to be considered for the post of UK Ambassador to the Holy See in 2010.[21]

Lord Nicholas has also recently been appointed Director of the Rome-based Dignitatis Humanae Institute.

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Independent Catholic News". Independent Catholic News. 31 October 2006. http://www.indcatholicnews.com/royavat217.html. 
  2. ^ THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, SW1A 1AA Early Day Motion 2905 of Session 2005–06 The Marriage of The Lord Nicholas Windsor to Donna Paola Doimi de Lupis Frankopan That this House welcomes the forthcoming marriage of The Lord Nicholas Windsor to Donna Paola Doimi de Lupis Frankopan Subic on 4 November 2006 in the Vatican City State, which will mark the first legal and public marriage within the rites of the Roman Catholic Church of a member of the Royal Family since 1554 and the marriage of Queen Mary I to Philip II of Spain. Ann Widdecombe, Conservative MP for Maidstone 1987–2010 Mr William Cash, Conservative MP for Stone 1984–present Mr David Amess, Conservative MP for Southend West 1983–present Mr John Gummer, Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal 1979–2010 Ann Milton, Conservative MP for Guildford 2005–present David Jones, Conservative MP for Clwyd West 2005–present Added names Lindsay Hoyle, Labour MP for Chorley 1997–present Jim Dobbin, Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton 1997–present Robert Goodwill, Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby 2005–present Mr John Bercow, Conservative MP for Buckingham 1997–present (Speaker since 2009) Mr Richard Younger-Ross, Liberal Democrat MP for Teignbridge 2001–10 Bob Spink, Conservative (and later Independent) MP for Castle Point 1992–97 and 2001–10 Mr Derek Conway, Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup 2001–2010 Mr Mike Hancock, Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South 1984–87 and 1997–present
  3. ^ THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, LONDON SW1A 1AA Early Day Motion 1866 of Session 2007–08 The Baptism of Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor That this House extends its warmest congratulations to The Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor on the occasion of the Baptism of Albert Louis Philip Edward Windsor as a Catholic on 20 February 2007 in the Queen’s Chapel at St James’s Palace; and notes that he is the first member of the Royal Family to be Baptised a Catholic since 1688 and the so-called Glorious Revolution when James II was chased away from his Crown and country on account of the Baptism of his son, the Old Pretender. Mr David Amess, Conservative MP for Southend West 1983–present Geraldine Smith, Labour MP for Morecambe and Lonsdale 1997–2010 Mr Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough 1983–present Joe Benton, Labour MP for Bootle 1990–present Ann Widdecombe, Conservative MP for Maidstone 1987–2010 Mr Peter Bottomley, Conservative MP for Worthing West 1975–present Added names Mr Alasdair McDonnell, Social Democratic and Labour Party MP for Belfast South 2005–present Mr John Battle, Labour MP for Leeds West 1987–2010 Mr Greg Pope, Labour MP for Hyndburn 1992–2010 Mike Hancock, Liberal Democrat MP Portsmouth South 1984–87 and 1997–present Mr Jim Devine, Labour MP for Livingstone 2005–2010 Mr Paul Flynn, Labour MP for Newport East 1987–2010 Mr Brian Jenkins, Labour MP for Tamworth 1997–2010
  4. ^ Paola de Frankopan, My Royal Wedding: Paolo de Frankopan Remembers Her Own Marriage into the British Royal Family, Vogue Daily, 28 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Royal News". Paul Theroff. 28 October 2006. http://pages.prodigy.net/ptheroff/2006_1.html. 
  6. ^ "Independent Catholic News". Independent Catholic News. 31 October 2006. http://www.indcatholicnews.com/royavat217.html. 
  7. ^ http://www.privy-council.org.uk/files/word/Draft%20List%20-%20Oct.doc
  8. ^ a b Kay, Richard (3 October 2007). "Paola's a new royal mum". Daily Mail (London). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/columnists/columnists.html?in_article_id=485512&in_page_id=1772&in_author_id=230. 
  9. ^ "Royal News, 2007". Paul Theroff. 8 March 2007. http://pages.prodigy.net/ptheroff/2007_1.html. 
  10. ^ http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums/f23/lord-and-lady-nicholas-windsor-and-family-july-2005-a-6540-7.html
  11. ^ Royal news september 2009
  12. ^ A Windsor tot
  13. ^ "Succession". The British Monarchy. 9 July 2010. http://www.royal.gov.uk/ThecurrentRoyalFamily/Successionandprecedence/Succession/Overview.aspx. 
  14. ^ La Casata dei Lupi
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Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Lord Downpatrick
Line of succession to the Dukedom of Kent
3rd position
Succeeded by
Albert Windsor

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