The Newsletter of the Provincial Grand Lodge & Provincial Grand Chapter of Leicestershire & Rutland

  • Nigel P Carter

Happy Birthday "Grand Master"

The Brethren of Provincial Grand Lodge of Leicestershire and Rutland would like to with the Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, a very happy 84th birthday!



Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, KG,GCMG,GCVO,CD,ADC (Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick; born 9 October 1935) is a member of the British Royal Family.


The Duke was initiated into Royal Alpha Lodge No. 16 on 16 December 1963 and was elected its Worshipful Master for 1965 and 1966. Having been appointed Senior Grand Warden in 1966, he was elected as Grand Master the following year and was installed on 14 June 1967 during United Grand Lodge of England's 250th-anniversary celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall. He is the 10th, and longest-serving Grand Master of UGLE, the governing body of Freemasonry in England and Wales.

In December 2013, he celebrated 50 years as a freemason. In October 2017 he presided over the tercentenary celebrations of UGLE, marking the 300th anniversary of the founding of the original Grand Lodge, one of two which merged to form UGLE in 1813. The main ceremony was held in the Royal Albert Hall, in the year which also marked the Duke's 50th anniversary of installation as Grand Master.