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Yet two years later, Richard was the Duke of Gloucester, following the death of his father at age 74, and the sudden and tragic death of his older brother, Prince William, in a plane crash. In the intervening years, the Gloucesters have become two of Her Majesty’s most valued family members, undertaking numerous royal engagements representing the Queen. They have also gone on to become parents to three children, Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster, 47, Lady Davina Windsor, 44, and Lady Rose Gilman, 42, with six grandchildren between them. 

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This year, they celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary, marking 50 years of marriage. In recognition of this milestone, Buckingham Palace has released a brand new photograph of the couple, showing them in the garden of their Kensington Palace home. In the picture, the duchess wears a brooch designed by the duke, with an entwined ‘R’ and ‘B’.

The couple on their 17th wedding anniversary

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The couple were particularly active during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, being among the senior royal contingent on the balcony for Trooping the Colour.