Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Prince Andrew’s military affiliations and royal patronage returned to the Queen

The Duke of York will no longer use the style “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity.

He has shunned all public duties.

Photos surfaced of the Duke being driven out of his home, the Royal Lodge, near Windsor Castle in Berkshire

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The Palace said in a statement: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen.

“The Duke of York will not perform any public duty and is defending the matter as a private citizen.”

The Palace confirmed, Andrew retains his military rank of Vice Admiral.

The Duke, who served in the Royal Navy, was made Vice Admiral of the Navy in 2015 on his 55th birthday.

He was supposed to be promoted to admiral in 2020 on his 60th birthday, but asked for it to be postponed after he stepped down from public duties.

Representatives for the Duke of York have not commented further.

Ms Giuffre is seeking unspecified damages as she sued the Queen’s son for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17 in a civil case brought against the royal in the US. He denies the allegations.

A source close to the Duke told The Standard: “Given the strength with which Judge Kaplan welcomed our arguments, we are surprised by this decision.

Prince Andrew as pictured with Virginia Giuffre, then Roberts in 2001

, BBC Panorama

“However, this was not a decision on the merits of Ms. Giuffre’s allegations. This is a marathon not a sprint and the Duke will continue to defend itself against these claims.”

Earlier on Thursday, Prince Andrew broke cover for the first time since the judge’s ruling.

Photos emerged of the Duke being driven out of his home, the Royal Lodge, near Windsor Castle in the Berkshires.

Andrew remains in the line of succession to the throne and as such is still Counsel of the Kingdom.

Military titles are as follows:

Grenadier Guards – Colonel

Princess Louise Fusiliers of Canada – Colonel in Chief

The Queen’s York Rangers (1st American Regiment) – Colonel in Chief

Royal Highland Fusiliers (Canada) – Colonel in Chief

Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inskilling), 83rd and 87th and The Ulster Defense Regiment) – Colonel in Chief

Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York’s own) – Colonel in Chief

Small Arms School Corps – Colonel in Chief

The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth’s Own) – Colonel in Chief

Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland – Royal Colonel

Yorkshire Regiment – Colonel in Chief

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