Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick

Edward Edmund Maximilian George Windsor, Lord Downpatrick

Edward Edmund Maximilian George Windsor, Lord Downpatrick was born on December 2, 1988, at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. He is the only son of Geroge Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews, and Sylvana Windsor, Countess of St. Andrews. His friends call him “Lord Eddy”.

Edward Windsor is the grandson of Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent (the Queen’s cousin). This makes him the first cousin, twice removed of Queen Elizabeth II. He is the most senior person excluded from the line of succession for being a Roman Catholic. He is also King George IV’s great-great-nephew and one of Princess Diana’s 17 godchildren.

Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick

Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick is the eldest son of George Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews and that makes him the heir apparent to the Earldom and after his father, also the heir to the Dukedom of Kent.

Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick is no longer in line to the throne because he’s a Roman Catholic. Under the Act of Settlement of 1701, no Roman Catholic can be in the line of succession. It should be noted that due to the Perth Agreement of 2011, a person is no longer disqualified just for marrying a Catholic. You are only removed from the line of succession if you, yourself are a Catholic.

Edward, Lord Downpatrick with his sisters, Lady Marina and Lady Amelia Windsor of Kent
Edward, Lord Downpatrick with his sisters, Lady Marina and Lady Amelia Windsor of Kent

Edward Edmund Maximilian George Windsor, Lord Downpatrick is the only son and heir apparent of the Dukedom of Kent, and that means he will assume the duties that go along with the Dukedom.

The current Duke of Kent carries out numerous duties for the monarchy, both military and civil. He is the Grand Master of the English Freemasons and has served as the President of The Scout Association of the United Kingdom since 1975 and of the Royal Institution. He has performed a number of state visits to Commonwealth nations on behalf of the Queen. He has also acted as Counsellor of State. His Royal Highness is the Grand Prior (or Grand Master) of the Order of St Michael and St George. He holds numerous other appointments in the military. The Duke of Kent has been the patron of Endeavour, a national youth organization, for 29 years.

The Duke of Kent holds the following subsidiary titles.

  • Earl of St Andrews
  • Baron Downpatrick

Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick grew up in Cambridge, where his mother is academic. After Eton, he went up to Keble College, Oxford, where he read Modern Languages, specializing in French and German. At Oxford, he was the president of the Bullingdon Club. He wanted to join the British Army after university but had not recovered from rugby injuries.

He first had the idea to launch a fashion brand while hiking in Scotland in 2009 but decided to first focus on his studies and career as a financial analyst at JP Morgan.

Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick left JP Morgan and began working as a fashion designer in 2016. He is a co-founder and the creative director of the fashion label FIDIR, which he launched with Justine Dalby in 2017. The brand is a collection of outdoor-wear and accessories.] He designs handbags, wallets, sweatshirts, wash bags, and T-shirts. His designs FIDIR are inspired by the hill-scapes of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

Cousins Frederick Windsor & Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick
Cousins Frederick Windsor & Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick

Despite being one of the most eligible royal bachelors, he’s not known to have ever been associated with any known girlfriend. Year after year he continues to be named one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors. He often attends events with either his sister Marina or Amelia. His sister Amelia has been called “the most beautiful British royal.”

Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick