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The Duke of Gloucester returns to work as he and Birgitte mark the 50th anniversary of the Arts Society

The Duke of Gloucester returned to royal duties on Monday as he and his wife, the Duchess of Gloucester, attended an event in Windsor to mark the 50th anniversary of the Arts Society.

Prince Richard was forced to cancel a series of engagements last week after falling ill, but he is now back to work and is as busy as ever.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended a lecture in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle to mark the 50th anniversary of the Arts Society – an organisation they are both patrons of.

The lecture was entitled “St George’s Chapel: Its Origins and Inspirations” and took place in the very room where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex married in May, and where Princess Eugenie will marry Jack Brooksbank next month.

The Queen’s cousin was due to carry out various tasks in Northamptonshire and York, but they were all cancelled.

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.