James Ogilvy

James Robert Bruce Ogilvy (born 29 February 1964) is a British landscape designer, and the founder and editor of Luxury Briefing. He is the elder child and only son of Sir Angus Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra of Kent.[1][2][3]

James Ogilvy
Born (1964-02-29) 29 February 1964
Alma mater
Julia Rawlinson (m. 1988)

Early life and family

Ogilvy was born in Thatched House Lodge, Richmond Park, Surrey[4][5] and was the first of four children born to royalty in 1964. Ogilvy was baptised by Arthur Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, with Queen Elizabeth II among his seven godparents.[6] When he was born, he was 13th in the line of succession to the British throne.[2] As of May 2019, he is 54th.[7]

Education and professional life

His education began in the "palace school" with his cousins Prince Edward and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones.[8] Subsequently, Ogilvy attended Gibbs[9] pre-prep and Heatherdown Preparatory School (with Prince Edward).[9][10] After that, Ogilvy and Prince Edward went separate ways, the prince to Gordonstoun and Cambridge, and Ogilvy to Eton College and the University of St Andrews.[11] From St. Andrews, he earned a Scottish Master of Arts degree in History of art.[11] He then attended the full-time MBA course at Cranfield from 1990 to 1991, obtaining the MBA qualification.

He worked for Barclays de Zoete Wedd (BZW) and then a shipping agency in Edinburgh.[12]

He is the publisher and founder of Luxury Briefing, a magazine launched in 1996,[3][13] and has served on numerous boards of directors.

Ogilvy is also a professional photographer [14] and landscape designer.[15]

Personal life

He married Julia Caroline Rawlinson on 30 July 1988 at St Mary's Church in Saffron Walden, Essex. The couple have two children:[3][16]

  • Flora Alexandra Ogilvy (born 15 December 1994 in Edinburgh, Scotland) who runs a contemporary art agency.[17] She became engaged in 2019 to Timothy Vesterberg, a Swedish financier.
  • Alexander Charles Ogilvy (born 12 November 1996 in Edinburgh, Scotland)

He is also a godfather of Princess Eugenie, the younger daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York.

In 1997, while on holiday in Florida with his wife and children, he swam out into the ocean and was bitten by a shark.[12] Shark attacks in Florida had reached a record 29 in 1995, but had fallen to 13 in 1996.[12] In 1997, there had "only"[12] been five attacks in the world, two of which occurred in the state of Florida, according to a marine expert at the University of Florida, quoted in The Times which reported the attack on Ogilvy. Ogilvy had several leg wounds and required 30 stitches.[12]

Ancestry and succession

His maternal grandparents were Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of King George V, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Princess Marina was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia (later known as Princess Nicholas of Greece and Denmark). He has a younger sister, Marina Ogilvy.[5][18]

In addition to being fifty-fourth in line for the throne through his mother, he is seventh in line, through his father, to the Earldom of Airlie, being a nephew of the current Earl.


  1. Saxon, Wolfgang (28 December 2004). "Angus Ogilvy, 76, Banker With Ties to British Royalty, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 11 March 2008. He and Princess Alexandra had a son, James Robert Bruce Ogilvy, and a daughter, Marina Victoria Alexandra. Once estranged from their parents, they had reconciled and, according to The Times of London, were with them at the time of Sir Angus's death.
  2. "Royal baby for leap year day". BBC. 1964. Retrieved 8 March 2008. The Ogilvy baby was one of several royal babies due within months of each other. The 9lb 6oz boy will be unique among them in having no title.
  3. Ruhl, Ana Maria (29 August 2006). "James Ogilvy: A Luxury In Briefing". The Royalist. Archived from the original on 17 February 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2008. A lesser known royal has carved out a successful niche as an editor in the publishing world for the past ten years by launching the magazine Luxury Briefing in 1996. He is forty-two-year-old James Ogilvy, son of the Queen's cousin, H.R.H. Princess Alexandra of Kent, and the late Sir Angus Ogilvy.
  4. Wakeford, Geoffrey. Thirty Years a Queen: A Study of H.M. Queen Elizabeth. She herself led the way when James Robert Bruce Ogilvy was born at Thatched House Lodge in Richmond Park at 12.15 on the afternoon of Saturday, ...
  5. "James Ogilvy, Princess Alexandra's son, talks to Cassandra Jardine about his life as a junior royal". The Daily Telegraph. London. 26 October 1996. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2008. He was brought up in Thatched House Lodge, a royal grace and favour dwelling in Richmond Park, and his early memories are of bicycling alone around it. It was not, he remembers, until the kidnap attempt on the Princess Royal in 1973 that security became an issue, and even then it was only his mother who was issued with a bodyguard.
  6. "Baptized". Time. 22 May 1964. Retrieved 11 March 2008. ... But none of that made the slightest impression on the son of Princess Alexandra and Angus Ogilvy. Just like any other healthy ten-week-old, he let out a sharp little yip as he was baptized James Robert Bruce Ogilvy.
  7. "Line of Succession to the British Throne". Cracroft's Peerage. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  8. Donnelly, Peter (1999). Invitation to a Royal Wedding: Edward and Sophie, June 19, 1999. Bramley Books. ISBN 9781841002217.
  9. Seward, Ingrid (1995). Prince Edward. London: Century. p. 32. ISBN 9780712675567.
  10. James, Paul (1994). Prince Edward. Ulverscroft Large Print Books. p. 48. ISBN 9780708987438.
  11. Panton, James (2011). Historical Dictionary of the British Monarchy. Scarecrow Press. p. 361. ISBN 9780810874978.
  12. "Princess's son bitten by shark". Times Newspapers Limited. The Times of London. 5 November 1997.
  13. "Luxury Briefing". Luxury Briefing. Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2008. James Ogilvy – Publisher and founder of Luxury Briefing
  14. "Ogilvy Photography".
  15. "Ogilvy Landscape Design".
  16. "James Robert Bruce Ogilvy". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 11 March 2008. Son of HRH Princess Alexandra and Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy. James married Julia. ... James Robert Bruce Ogilvy; Julia Caroline Ogilvy (née Rawlinson)
  17. "Arteviste".
  18. "2d Child, a Daughter, Born To Princess Alexandra". New York Times. 1 August 1966. Retrieved 11 March 2008. Princess Alexandra, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth, gave birth tonight to her second child, a daughter weighing 7 pounds 8 ounces.
James Ogilvy
Born: 29 February 1964
Preceded by
Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy
Line of succession to the British throne
grandson of George, son of George V
Succeeded by
Alexander Ogilvy
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