Saturday, November 19, 2011

Royal Profile: Lady Davina Lewis

The Lady Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedikte Lewis is the oldest daughter of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. She is first cousin once removed to Queen Elizabeth II.

She was born at  St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, England on 19 November 1977. She was the second child of the Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. At the time of her birth, she was 11th in line for the throne after her brother, she is now 24th after the birth of several cousins and her niece and nephew.

She grew up with her parents and two siblings in an apartment in Kensington Palace. She attended Kensington Preparatory School in Notting Hill, followed by St. George's School, Ascot. She is a graduate of the University of the West of England, where she studied Media Studies.

During a vacation in Bali, she met and fell in love with New Zealander carpenter and a surfing enthusiast, Gary Lewis. After a four year courtship, the pair married in a small ceremony at the chapel at Kensington Palace on 31 July 2004, of which the only members of the Royal Family that were present were her parents. It was on this day that Davina became a stepmother to Lewis's  then 12 year old son,  Ari Lewis, whom which was from a previous relationship. On 22 June 2010, Davina gave birth to the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester's third granddaughter (and third grandchild with in a month! Lady Rose's daughter was born 30  May 2010, and the Earl of Ulster's daughter was born 20 May 2010!), Senna Kowhai Lewis.

She, her husband and their young daughter present live in her husband's native New Zealand, away from the craziness of Royal life. She attend the wedding of her second cousin, Prince William to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in April.

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