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Royal Confirmations (aka Confirmation Information of the Royal Family since Queen Victoria)

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Author's Note
Confirmations of the Royal Family
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Author's Note

This document consists of the confirmation details of the Royal Family from Queen Victoria in 1835 to her present-day male-line descendants (who were titled Prince or Princess of Great Britain with the style Royal Highness) who received the Rite of Confirmation. These are the following exceptions:

included:

• the spouses of selected sovereigns (Prince Albert, Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the Duke of Edinburgh)
• the spouses of the current Prince of Wales (Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall)
• the spouses of selected royal peers (the Duchesses of Gloucester: Lady Alice Montagu-Douglas-Scott and Birgitte van Deurs); the Duchesses of Kent: Princess Marina of Greece and Katharine Worsley)

not included:

• the descendants of Prince Charles Edward of Great Britain, Duke of Albany (later the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha), son of Prince Leopold of Great Britain, Duke of Albany
• Alastair Windsor, 2nd Duke of Connaught (son of HRH Prince Arthur of Connaught, only son of HRH Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught)

The data for each individual includes his or her name (and/or title), followed by the names of his or her parents, the date and location of birth (and death, where applicable), the confirmation date, location, and officiating clergy, and the source for this information.

Unless otherwise indicated, the confirmations were performed according to the Church of England (Anglican) rite.

When information is unknown, this is indicated.

The date following an individual's name at the start of his or her entry indicates the year of his or her confirmation. If the confirmation date is unknown, no date is indicated. If more than one child was confirmed in a particular year, the month and the year of confirmation are indicated.

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Confirmations of the Royal Family

N.B.: The confirmation details are presented in chronological order beginning in 1835.

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince Consort
April 1835


Parents: Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha
Born: 26 August 1819 at Schloss Rosenau, near Coburg; Died: 14 December 1861 at Windsor Castle
Confirmed: 12 April 1835 in the Chapel of Schloss Ehrenburg, Coburg by Superintendent General Pastor Dr. Genzler, first chaplain of the court*
Source: Grey:312-313

* Prince Albert was confirmed according to the Lutheran (Evangelical Church) rite. He was confirmed at the same time as his brother Prince Ernst.

Queen Victoria
July 1835


Parents: Prince Edward of Great Britain, Duke of Kent and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Born: 24 May 1819 at Kensington Palace; Died: 22 January 1901 at Osborne House, Isle of Wight
Confirmed: 30 July 1835 in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Bishop of London (Dean of the Chapel Royal)*
Source: The Times, 31 July 1835

* Victoria was "dressed in a white lace dress, with a white crape bonnet with a wreath of white roses round it" for the occasion. Her confirmation took place after the "usual morning [Church] service was performed". (Esher I:125)

Princess Victoria of Great Britain, Princess Royal
1856


Parents: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Victoria
Born: 21 November 1840 at Buckingham Palace; Died: 5 August 1901 at Friedrichshof, Kronberg-im-Taunus
Confirmed: 20 March 1856 in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Bishop of Oxford (Lord High Almoner), the Bishop of Chester (Clerk of the Closet), the Dean of Windsor (Resident Chaplain to the Queen), the Reverend Lord Wriothesley Russell (Deputy Clerk of the Closet in Waiting), and the Reverend H.J. Ellison (Vicar of Windsor)
Source: The Times, 21 March 1856

King Edward VII
1858


Parents: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Victoria
Born: 9 November 1841 at Buckingham Palace; Died: 6 May 1910 at Buckingham Palace
Confirmed: 1 April 1858 in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Bishop of Oxford (Lord High Almoner), the Bishop of Chester (Clerk of the Closet), the Dean of Windsor (Resident Chaplain to the Queen), the Reverend Lord Wriothesley Russell (Chaplain to the Prince Consort), and the Reverend H.J. Ellison (Vicar of Windsor)
Source: The Times, 2 April 1858

Princess Alice of Great Britain
1859


Parents: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Victoria
Born: 25 April 1843 at Buckingham Palace; Died: 14 December 1878 at Neues Palais, Darmstadt
Confirmed: 21 April 1859 in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Bishop of Oxford (Lord High Almoner), the Bishop of Chester (Clerk of the Closet), the Dean of Windsor (Resident Chaplain to the Queen), the Reverend Lord Wriothesley Russell (Chaplain to the Prince Consort), and the Reverend H.J. Ellison
Source: The Times, 22 April 1859

Prince Alfred of Great Britain, Duke of Edinburgh (later the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha)
April 1860


Parents: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Victoria
Born: 6 August 1844 at Windsor Castle; Died: 30 July 1900 at Schloss Rosenau, near Coburg
Confirmed: 6 April 1860 in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Bishop of Oxford (Lord High Almoner), the Dean of Windsor (Resident Chaplain to the Queen), the Reverend Lord Wriothesley Russell (Chaplain to the Prince Consort), the Reverend H.J. Ellison (Vicar of Windsor), and the Reverend W.L. Onslow (Chaplain and Naval Instructor of Her Majesty's ship Euryalus)
Source: The Times, 6 April 1860

Queen Alexandra
October 1860


Parents: Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (later Christian IX, King of Denmark) and Princess Louise of Hesse-Cassel
Born: 1 December 1844 at the Gûle Palais (Yellow Palace), Copenhagen; Died: 20 November 1921 at Sandringham House, Norfolk
Confirmed: 18 or 20 October 1860 in the Slots Kirken (Chapel Royal) at Christianborg Palace, Copenhagen*
Source: Battiscombe:11; Duff:21; Tooley:16

* Princess Alexandra's confirmation took place on 18 October 1860 (Tooley:16) or on 20 October 1860 (Battiscombe:11). She was confirmed according to the Lutheran rite at the same time as her brother Prince Frederick.

Princess Helena of Great Britain
1862


Parents: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Victoria
Born: 25 May 1846 at Buckingham Palace; Died: 9 June 1923 at her residence Schomberg House, London
Confirmed: 17 April 1862 at Whippingham Church, Newport, Isle of Wight by the Bishop of Winchester, assisted by the Dean of Windsor, and the Reverend George Prothero (rector of Whippingham)
Source: The Times, 18 April 1862

Princess Louise of Great Britain
1865


Parents: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Victoria
Born: 18 March 1848 at Buckingham Palace; Died: 3 December 1939 at Kensington Palace
Confirmed: 21 January 1865 at Whippingham Church, Newport, Isle of Wight by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Dean of Windsor, and the Reverend George Prothero (rector of Whippingham)
Source: The Times, 23 January 1865

Prince Arthur of Great Britain, Duke of Connaught
1866


Parents: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Victoria
Born: 1 May 1850 at Buckingham Palace; Died: 16 January 1942 at Bagshot Park, Surrey
Confirmed: 26 April 1866 at Whippingham Church, Newport, Isle of Wight by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Dean of Windsor, the Reverend George Prothero (rector of Whippingham), and the Reverend William Jolley
Source: The Times, 28 April 1866

Prince Leopold of Great Britain, Duke of Albany
1869


Parents: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Victoria
Born: 7 April 1853 at Buckingham Palace; Died: 28 March 1884 at Villa Nevada, Cannes, France
Confirmed: 30 January 1869 at Whippingham Church, Newport, Isle of Wight by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Reverend George Prothero, and the Reverend Robinson Duckworth (Governor to Prince Leopold)
Source: The Times, 1 February 1869

Princess Beatrice of Great Britain
1874


Parents: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Victoria
Born: 14 April 1857 at Buckingham Palace; Died: 26 October 1944 at Brantridge Park, Balcombe, Sussex
Confirmed: 9 January 1874 at Whippingham Church, Newport, Isle of Wight by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Reverend George Prothero, and the Reverend Robinson Duckworth
Source: The Times, 10 January 1874

Prince Albert Victor of Great Britain, Duke of Clarence
August 1882


Parents: Prince Albert Edward of Great Britain, Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra)
Born: 8 January 1864 at Frogmore House, Windsor Great Park, Berkshire; Died: 14 January 1892 at Sandringham House, Norfolk
Confirmed: 8 August 1882 at Whippingham Church, Newport, Isle of Wight by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the  Dean of Windsor, and Canon Connor*
Source: The Times, 9 August 1882

* Prince Albert Victor was confirmed at the same time as his brother Prince George.

King George V
August 1882


Parents: Prince Albert Edward of Great Britain, Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra)
Born: 3 June 1865 at Marlborough House, St James's, Westminster; Died: 20 January 1936 at Sandringham House, Norfolk
Confirmed: 8 August 1882 at Whippingham Church, Newport, Isle of Wight by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the  Dean of Windsor, and Canon Connor*
Source: The Times, 9 August 1882

* Prince George was confirmed at the same time as his brother Prince Albert Victor.

Princess Louise of Great Britain, Princess Royal
1884


Parents: Prince Albert Edward of Great Britain, Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra)
Born: 20 February 1867 at Marlborough House, St James's, Westminster; Died: 4 January 1931 at her residence 15 Portman Square, Marylebone, London
Confirmed: 6 August 1884 at Osborne House, Isle of Wight by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Dean of Windsor, the Reverend Canon Prothero, and the Reverend Teignmouth Shore*
Source: The Times, 8 August 1884

* Princess Louise's confirmation took place "in the new room at Osborne, which has lately been built for special use as a chapel, and which was decorated with flowers for the occasion." (The Times, 8 August 1884)

Queen Mary
1885


Parents: Franz, Duke of Teck and Princess Mary Adelaide of Great Britain
Born: 26 May 1867 at Kensington Palace; Died: 24 March 1953 at Marlborough House, St James's, Westminster
Confirmed: 1 August 1885 in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace by the Bishop of St Albans, assisted by the Reverend Edgar Sheppard (Sub-Dean of the Chapels Royal), and the Honourable and Reverend Edward Carr Glyn (chaplain to the Queen and vicar of Kensington)*
Source: The Times, 3 August 1885

* Princess Mary was confirmed at the same time as her brother Prince Adolphus.

Princess Victoria of Great Britain
1886


Parents: Prince Albert Edward of Great Britain, Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra)
Born: 6 July 1868 at Marlborough House, St James's, Westminster; Died: 3 December 1935 at Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire
Confirmed: 22 April 1886 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, Norfolk by the Archbishop of Canterbury
Source: The Times, 23 April 1886

Princess Maud of Great Britain
1887


Parents: Prince Albert Edward of Great Britain, Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra)
Born: 26 November 1869 at Marlborough House, St James's, Westminster; Died: 20 November 1938 in a nursing home in London
Confirmed: 7 April 1887 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, Norfolk by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Reverend Teignmouth Shore (chaplain in ordinary to the Queen, and incumbent of Berkeley Chapel, Mayfair, London)
Source: The Times, 8 April 1887

Prince Alfred of Great Britain (later the Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha)
1890


Parents: Prince Alfred of Great Britain, Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia (later the Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha)
Born: 15 October 1874 at Buckingham Palace; Died: 6 February 1899 at Meran, Tyrol
Confirmed: 30 March 1890 at the "Royal Church in the Palace of Coburg" by Dr. Müller and by Dr. Hausen, the Court Chaplain*
Source: The Times, 31 March 1890

* Prince Alfred was christened according to the Church of England (Anglican) rite, but was confirmed according to the Lutheran rite.

Princess Marie of Great Britain
May 1891


Parents: Prince Alfred of Great Britain, Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia (later the Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha)
Born: 29 October 1875 at Eastwell Park, near Ashford, Kent; Died: 18 July 1938 at Pelisor, Sinaia, Roumania
Confirmed: 15 May 1891 in the village church of Oeslau, near Schloss Rosenau by General-Superintendent Müller*
Source: The Times, 16 May 1891

* Princess Marie was christened according to the Church of England (Anglican) rite, but was confirmed according to the Lutheran rite. She and her sister Princess Victoria Melita were confirmed at the same time.

Princess Victoria Melita of Great Britain
May 1891


Parents: Prince Alfred of Great Britain, Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia (later the Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha)
Born: 25 November 1876 at the Palace of San Antonio, Malta; Died: 2 March 1936 at Amorbach
Confirmed: 15 May 1891 in the village church of Oeslau, near Schloss Rosenau by General-Superintendent Müller*
Source: The Times, 16 May 1891

* Princess Victoria Melita was christened according to the Church of England (Anglican) rite, but was confirmed according to the Lutheran rite. She and her sister Princess Marie were confirmed at the same time.

Princess Alexandra of Great Britain

Parents: Prince Alfred of Great Britain, Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia (later the Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha)
Born: 1 September 1878 at Edinburgh Palace, Coburg; Died: 16 April 1942 at Schwäbisch Hall, Württemberg
Confirmed: [information unknown]*

* Princess Alexandra was engaged in September or October 1895 when she was just 17 years old. Her confirmation was presumably held earlier that year or perhaps the previous year (1894).

Princess Margaret of Great Britain
March 1898


Parents: Prince Arthur of Great Britain, Duke of Connaught and Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia
Born: 15 January 1882 at Bagshot Park, Surrey; Died: 1 May 1920 at Stockholm, Sweden
Confirmed: 5 March 1898 in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Bishop of Winchester (Clerk of the Closet), assisted by the Dean of Windsor (Resident Chaplain to the Queen), and the Reverend J.H.J. Ellison (Vicar of Windsor)*
Source: The Times, 5 March 1898 and The Times, 7 March 1898

* Princess Margaret's confirmation was the "first Royal Confirmation to take place at Windsor Castle since the death of the Prince Consort [in December 1861], the Duke of Saxe-Coburg [Queen Victoria's son, Prince Alfred] being the last member of the Queen's family to be confirmed there [in April 1860]." (The Times, 5 March 1898)

Princess Alice of Great Britain
April 1898


Parents: Prince Leopold of Great Britain, Duke of Albany and Princess Helen of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Born: 25 February 1883 at Windsor Castle; Died: 3 January 1981 at Kensington Palace
Confirmed: 9 April 1898 at St George's Church, Cannes by the Lord Bishop of Winchester, assisted by the Lord Bishop of Gibraltar, and the Reverend James Aitken (Incumbent of St George's, Cannes)*
Source: The Times, 11 April 1898

* St George's Church was erected in the memory of Princess Alice's father, Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, Queen Victoria's youngest son who died in Cannes in 1884. St George's "stands within a few hundred yards of Villa Nevada, where [the Duke of Albany] died [...]". (The Times, 8 February 1887)

Prince Arthur of Great Britain
May 1899


Parents: Prince Arthur of Great Britain, Duke of Connaught and Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia
Born: 13 January 1883 at Windsor Castle; Died: 12 September 1938 in a nursing home in Belgrave Square, London
Confirmed: 20 May 1899 in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Bishop of Winchester (Clerk of the Closet to the Queen), assisted by the Dean of Windsor (Resident Chaplain to the Queen), and the Reverend J.H.J. Ellison (Vicar of Windsor)
Source: The Times, 22 May 1899

Prince Charles Edward of Great Britain, Duke of Albany (later the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha)
August 1899


Parents: Prince Leopold of Great Britain, Duke of Albany and Princess Helen of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Born: 19 July 1884 at Claremont House, near Esher, Surrey; Died: 6 March 1954 at Coburg
Confirmed: 4 August 1899 at St George's Chapel, Windsor by the Bishop of Winchester, assisted by Canon Dalton (Dean of Windsor), and Bishop Barry
Source: The Times, 5 August 1899

Princess Beatrice of Great Britain

Parents: Prince Alfred of Great Britain, Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia (later the Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha)
Born: 20 April 1884 at Eastwell Park, near Ashford, Kent; Died: 13 July 1966 at Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain
Confirmed: [information unknown]

Princess Patricia of Great Britain
1902


Parents: Prince Arthur of Great Britain, Duke of Connaught and Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia
Born: 17 March 1886 at Buckingham Palace; Died: 12 January 1974 at Ribsden Holt, Windlesham, Surrey
Confirmed: 23 January 1902 in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Bishop of Winchester (Clerk of the Closet to the King), assisted by the Dean of Windsor (Resident Chaplain to the King), the Reverend J.H.J. Ellison (Vicar of Windsor), and the Reverend Clement Smith (Rector of Whippingham)
Source: The Times, 24 January 1902

* Princess Patricia was confirmed at the same time as her cousins Prince Alexander of Battenberg and Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. The confirmation took place on the day after the first anniversary of Queen Victoria's death.

The Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII)
1910


Parents: King George V and Queen Mary
Born: 23 June 1894 at White Lodge, Richmond Park, Surrey; Died: 28 May 1972 at his home in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris
Confirmed: 24 June 1910 in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Very Reverend P.F. Eliot (Dean of Windsor), the Reverend Canon Dalton (Deputy Clerk of the Closet and Domestic Chaplain), and the Reverend Henry D. Dixon-Wright (Chaplain, Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, who prepared Prince Edward for Confirmation)
Source: The Times, 25 June 1910

King George VI
1912


Parents: King George V and Queen Mary
Born: 14 December 1895 at York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk; Died: 6 February 1952 at Sandringham House, Norfolk
Confirmed: 18 April 1912 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham by the Right Reverend Bishop Boyd Carpenter (Clerk of the Closet), assisted by the Reverend Canon Edgar Sheppard (Sub-Dean of His Majesty's Chapels Royal and Domestic Chaplain to the King), and the Reverend Arthur Grant (Domestic Chaplain to the King)
Source: The Times, 19 April 1912

Princess Mary of Great Britain, Princess Royal
1913


Parents: King George V and Queen Mary
Born: 25 April 1897 at York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk; Died: 28 March 1965 at Harewood House, Leeds, Yorkshire
Confirmed: 16 March 1913 in the Private Chapel at Buckingham Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Reverend Canon Edgar Sheppard (Sub-Dean of his Majesty's Chapels Royal and Domestic Chaplain)
Source: The Times, 17 March 1913

Prince Henry of Great Britain, Duke of Gloucester
September 1916


Parents: King George V and Queen Mary
Born: 31 March 1900 at York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk; Died: 10 June 1974 at Barnwell Manor, Northamptonshire
Confirmed: 16 September 1916 in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Dean of Windsor, the Reverend Canon Dalton, and the Reverend Canon Edgar Sheppard (Domestic Chaplain to the King)
Source: The Times, 18 September 1916

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
November 1916


Parents: Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and Nina Cavendish-Bentinck
Born: 4 August 1900 in London; Died: 30 March 2002 at Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park
Confirmed: 5 November 1916 at St John's Church, Forfar, Scotland*
Source: Our Elizabeth - celebrated by those who know her, Part Two, p. 16

* St John's Church, which is located in the diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, is part of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester

Parents: John Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch and Lady Margaret Bridgeman
Born: 25 December 1901 at Montagu House, Whitehall, London; Died: 29 October 2004 at Kensington Palace
Confirmed: [information unknown]

Prince George of Great Britain, Duke of Kent
1919


Parents: King George V and Queen Mary
Born: 20 December 1902 at York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk; Died: 25 August 1942 at Morven, Scotland
Confirmed: 12 January 1919 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham by the Archbishop of York, assisted by the Reverend A. Rowland Grant (Domestic Chaplain to the King), and the Reverend A.H. Bowman
Source: The Times, 13 January 1919

Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent

Parents: Prince Nicholas of Greece and Grand Duchess Helen Vladimirovna of Russia
Born: 30 November (Old Style)/13 December (New Style) 1906 at the Nicholas Palace (Le Petit Palais) in Athens, Greece; Died: 27 August 1968 at Kensington Palace
Confirmed: [information unknown]*

* Princess Marina was christened according to the Greek Orthodox Church rite.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Parents: Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg
Born: 28 May (Old Style)/10 June (New Style) 1921 at Villa "Mon Repos", near Corfu town, (Isle of) Corfu, Greece
Confirmed: [information unknown]*

* Prince Philip was christened according to the Greek Orthodox Church rite.

HM The Queen
1942


Parents: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth
Born: 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London
Confirmed: 28 March 1942 in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Dean of Windsor, and Canon Stafford Crawley (Canon of St George's Chapel, Windsor)
Source: The Times, 30 March 1942

Princess Margaret of Great Britain
1946


Parents: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth
Born: 21 August 1930 at Glamis Castle, Forfarshire, Scotland; Died: 9 February 2002 at King Edward VII Hospital for Officers, London
Confirmed: 15 April 1946 in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Dean of Windsor
Source: The Times, 16 April 1946

HRH The Duchess of Kent

Parents: Sir William Worsley, 4th Baronet and Joyce Brunner
Born: 22 February 1933 at Hovingham Hall, York
Confirmed: [information unknown] *

* The Duchess of Kent was christened according to the Church of England (Anglican) rite. She was later received in the Roman Catholic Church on 14 January 1994. Her husband, children and their spouses were present at the ceremony officiated by Basil Cardinal Hume, Archbishop of Westminster, in the private chapel of Cathedral Clergy House. (Riddell:262 and 274)

HRH Princess Alexandra of Great Britain
1951


Parents: Prince George of Great Britain, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece
Born: 25 December 1936 at 3 Belgrave Square, London
Confirmed: 16 July 1951 in All Saints' Chapel, near Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park by the Bishop of Oxford, assisted by Canon Duncan Armytage, and the Reverend Peter Gillingham*
Source: James:40-41; The Times, 17 July 1951

* Princess Alexandra's confirmation was planned for 18 June 1951 in the Chapel at Heathfield School, Ascot where she was a student. However, she fell ill with German measles, and the confirmation was postponed. (The Times, 19 June 1951) Princess Alexandra was "later confirmed privately at Windsor in front of family and only four Heathfield friends." (The Times, 17 July 1951)

HRH The Duke of Kent
1952


Parents: Prince George of Great Britain, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece
Born: 9 October 1935 at 3 Belgrave Square, London
Confirmed: 31 March 1952 in All Saints' Chapel, near Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park by the Dean of Windsor, assisted by Reverend Peter Gillingham
Source: The Times, 1 April 1952

Prince William of Great Britain
March 1958


Parents: Prince Henry of Great Britain, Duke of Gloucester and Lady Alice Montagu-Douglas Scott
Born: 18 December 1941 at the Carnarvon Nursing Home, Barnet, Hertfordshire; Died: 28 August 1972 at Halfpenny Green Airport, near Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
Confirmed: 22 March 1958 at the Eton College Chapel by the Bishop of Oxford*
Source: The Times, 24 March 1958

* Prince William was confirmed at the same time as his cousin Prince Michael of Kent.

HRH Prince Michael of Great Britain
March 1958


Parents: Prince George of Great Britain, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece
Born: 4 July 1942 at Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire
Confirmed: 22 March 1958 at the Eton College Chapel by the Bishop of Oxford*
Source: The Times, 24 March 1958

* Prince Michael was confirmed at the same time as his cousin Prince William of Gloucester.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester

Parents: Prince Henry of Great Britain, Duke of Gloucester and Lady Alice Montagu-Douglas-Scott
Born: 26 August 1944 at St Matthew's Nursing Home, Northampton
Confirmed: [information unknown]

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester

Parents: Asger Henriksen and Vivian van Deurs
Born: 20 June 1946 at Odense, Denmark
Confirmed: [information unknown]

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

Parents: Major Bruce Shand and Honourable Rosalind Cubitt
Born: 17 July 1947 at King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London
Confirmed: [information unknown]

HRH The Prince of Wales
1965


Parents: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II
Born: 14 November 1948 at Buckingham Palace
Confirmed: 13 April 1965 in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Dean of Windsor
Source: The Times, 14 April 1965

HRH The Princess Royal
1966


Parents: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II
Born: 15 August 1950 at Clarence House, London
Confirmed: 5 April 1966 in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Dean of Windsor, and Reverend the Honourable Andrew Elphinstone*
Source: The Times, 6 April 1966

* Reverend Elphinstone was the cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and one of Princess Anne's godparents.

Diana, Princess of Wales
March 1976


Parents: John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer and Honourable Frances Burke Roche
Born: 1 July 1961 at Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk; Died: 31 August 1997 at Paris, France
Confirmed: 12 March 1976 at St Mary's Church, Kippington near Sevenoaks, Kent by the Bishop of Rochester*
Source: Junor:80

* Diana was confirmed while a student at West Heath School.

HRH The Duke of York
April 1976


Parents: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II
Born: 19 February 1960 at Buckingham Palace
Confirmed: 13 April 1976 in St George's Chapel, Windsor by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Dean of Windsor*
Source: The Times, 14 April 1976

* Prince Andrew was confirmed at the same time as his cousin David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley.

HRH The Earl of Wessex
1978


Parents: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II
Born: 10 March 1964 at Buckingham Palace
Confirmed: 5 April 1978 in St George's Chapel, Windsor by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Dean of Windsor*
Source: The Times, 6 April 1978

* Prince Edward was confirmed at the same time as his cousins Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, Lady Helen Windsor, and James Ogilvy.

HRH Prince William of Great Britain
1997


Parents: Prince Charles of Great Britain, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer
Born: 21 June 1982 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington
Confirmed: 9 March 1997 at St George's Chapel, Windsor by the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, Bishop of London and Dean of the Chapels Royal, assisted by the Right Reverend Patrick Mitchell, Dean of Windsor
Source: The Daily Telegraph, 10 March 1997; The Times, 10 March 1997; Majesty, Vol. 18, No. 4, April 1997, pp 4-5

HRH Prince Henry (Harry) of Great Britain
2000


Parents: Prince Charles of Great Britain, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer
Born: 15 September 1984 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington
Confirmed: 19 March 2000 at the Eton College Chapel by the Right Reverend Robert Hardy, Bishop of Lincoln*
Source: The Times, 20 March 2000; Majesty, Vol. 21, No. 5, May 2000, pp 8-9

* Prince Harry was confirmed at the same time as 29 other Eton students.

HRH Princess Beatrice of Great Britain
June 2005


Parents: Prince Andrew of Great Britain, Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson
Born: 8 August 1988 at Portland Hospital, London
Confirmed: 5 June 2005 at All Saints' Chapel, near Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park by the Right Reverend David Conner, Dean of Windsor
Source:

HRH Princess Eugenie of Great Britain
June 2005


Parents: Prince Andrew of Great Britain, Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson
Born: 23 March 1990 at Portland Hospital, London
Confirmed: 5 June 2005 at All Saints' Chapel, near Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park by the Right Reverend David Conner, Dean of Windsor
Source:

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Sources

Articles:

-----. 'Her Inner Self'. Our Elizabeth - celebrated by those who know her, Part Two. Associated Press Newspapers Ltd, 2000, p. 16.

Books:

Battiscombe, Georgina. Queen Alexandra. London: Constable, 1969.
Duff, David. Alexandra: Princess & Queen. London: Collins, 1980.
Esher, Viscount, ed. The Girlhood of Queen Victoria. 2 vols., London: John Murray, 1912.
Grey, C. The Early Years of His Royal Highness The Prince Consort. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1867.
James, Paul. Princess Alexandra. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1992.
Junor, Penny. Diana, Princess of Wales. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1982.
Riddell, Mary. The Duchess of Kent: The Troubled Life of Katharine Worsley. London: Pan Books, 2000.
Tooley, Sarah A. The Life of Queen Alexandra. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1902.

Magazines, Newspapers, Periodicals:

The Daily Telegraph
The Times

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