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The Duke of Gloucester cancels a number of engagements due to illness

The Duke of Gloucester has been forced to cancel a number of engagements this week due to illness.

The Queen’s cousin was due to carry out various tasks in Northamptonshire and York.

On Tuesday 11th September, Prince Richard was scheduled to open the Radstone Primary School in Brackley. However, the Duke was feeling under the weather so could not make the journey.

Instead, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Northamptonshire, David Laing, opened the new 400-pupil school in the Duke’s place.

On the same day, the 74-year-old royal was due to visit Brackley Town Football Club, however, this visit was also cancelled.

The third and final engagement of the day that had to be postponed was a visit to Sir Thomas Crewe Almshouses. The Duke was due to visit in the capacity of Vice Royal Patron of the Almshouse Association.

Further engagements were also cancelled on Friday 14th September when The Queen’s Cousin postponed a day of visits in York.

He was due to attend the “New Horizons in the Conservation of Wooden Built Heritage” symposium in York, in addition to York Minster and York Mansion House.

The Duke of Gloucester’s absence is not a cause for concern with his wife, the Duchess of Gloucester, continuing to carry out a busy diary of engagements.

She is currently in Glasgow attending the Davis Cup Tie Matches between Great Britain and Uzbekistan. Birgitte is Honorary President of the Lawn Tennis Association and travels around the world to support the organisation.

Both she and her husband, the Duke, are due to undertake a joint engagement in Windsor on Monday where they will attend a lecture.