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A look back at the life of the Duke of York

Birth and Childhood

Prince Andrew Albert Christian Edward was born on 19 February 1960, the second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He was the first child born to a reigning monarch since Princess Beatrice, the youngest child of Queen Victoria, was born over a century earlier.

Prince Andrew was born in the Belgian Suite at Buckingham Palace and was raised there with his older siblings, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. A fourth child, Prince Edward, was born in 1964.

Prince Andrew was educated by a governess at Buckingham Palace and then went to Heatherdown School in Berkshire. He continued the family tradition of attending Gordonstoun (both his father and older brother attended the school as well). He graduated in 1979 with A-levels in English, history, economics and political science, but he did not attend university. Prince Andrew decided to take the more “royal” route and took up a life of military service.

The Military Prince

Prince Andrew attended the Royal Naval College Flight in 1979 and trained as a pilot. He was appointed a midshipman that year as well and attended the Britannia Royal Naval College. After he had graduated, he did flight training with the Royal Air Force and earned his wings, learning to fly more advanced helicopters.

Prince Andrew fought in the Falkland War in 1982, although the government was worried about him joining the fight. The aircraft carrier he was stationed on, Invincible, was one of two operational carriers at the time. The government wished to remove him from the ship – at the time he was still second in line to the throne – but Queen Elizabeth insisted that he stay on the ship.

According to his official website, Prince Andrew “flew missions including Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW), inter-ship Helicopter Delivery (HDS), Search and Rescue (SAR) and casualty evacuation.”

The Falkland War ended in September 1982, and he returned home to Portsmouth where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were waiting for him at port.

Prince Andrew’s military career continued until 2001 when he retired with the rank of commander. He has received military appointments since his retirement, and as of 2015 is an Honorary Vice Admiral.

The Duke of York

Prince Andrew had known his future wife Sarah Ferguson since childhood, but the relationship only turned romantic in 1985 after they met again. Sarah Ferguson became close friends with Prince Andrew’s sister-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Prince Andrew proposed on 19 February 1986, and they married on 23 July that year. He proposed with a ruby ring, and Sarah entered Westminster Abbey wearing a floral crown. After the marriage register had been signed, she reappeared in a new tiara, a wedding present.

Upon his marriage, The Queen created Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh, and Sarah became the Duchess of York. The title Duke of York has historically been reserved for the second son of the monarch (Henry VIII and George VI are both past Dukes of York).

The Duke and Duchess of York have two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, born 8 August 1988 and 23 March 1990 respectively. They are currently seventh and eighth in line to the throne.

Unfortunately, the Yorks separated in 1992, amidst long periods of separation caused by his military career and media attention towards the Duchess, and divorced in 1996. The couple committed to raising their daughters together and have maintained a healthy relationship post-divorce.

Trade Career and Pitch @ Palace

The Duke of York helped the government with business and trade development upon his retirement from military service. In a job formerly held by his cousin the Duke of Kent, Prince Andrew worked as the United Kingdom’s Special Representative for International Trade and Development. The Duke of York travelled around the world promoting the UK at trade fairs and conventions, hoping to increase investments.

Prince Andrew held this post until 2011, but still, continues to promote trade and business through his patronages and charities. He also launched the Pitch @ Palace initiative, where small tech startups pitch their ideas to judges from various industries. According to its official website, over 247 businesses have benefitted from Pitch @ Palace.

The Duke of York continues to represent The Queen at various functions both in the United Kingdom and around the world.

  • Karl Liszewski

    Good read, but forgot to mention he likes to fuck 15 year old girls. Then when they go to the police, this animal makes her out to be a liar!

    • Lynn Taylor

      She probably was a liar, on the make because he is a Royal…..compensation rings a bell here…. A large pay out would have made her for life, the world is full of these little bitches, she probably lied about her age anyway…..Didn’t get her anywhere though did it ?…..

      • luigi pasquali

        When a Royal says, “she lied about me” that’s it. Case closed, eh?

        • Lynn Taylor

          One of the perks of being Royal then – Maybe we should all get on the band wagon…….Send our 15 year old daughter’s to meet him and fake that he raped her to get some compensation……

        • Lynn Taylor

          There was no case, even Royals do not get off scot free………..

      • Karl Liszewski

        So you thinks its ok for a girl of 15 to be raped ?

        • Lynn Taylor

          The gutter press at it again………He is not capable of rape……she is capable of making up a story, knowing he was Prince Andrew and wanted to make a quick buck – more likely she was miffed because he rejected her……….

  • Lynn Taylor

    Happy birthday Andrew, have a nice day…….The gutter press have been trying to get sleaze on him for years, the same as they did Cliff Richard, the same press which destroyed his marriage……..Luckily, he refused to read the lies and has stayed friends with Sarah…..He stays in the background and gets on with his life…..so does his daughters, …….They refuse to be broken down like Sarah was and loyally have stood by her………..Well done you

  • PomPomFinlandia

    HRH Prince Andrew !
    On Your birthday you are wished all that you hope for,
    all that You dream of, all that makes You happy.

  • John McAndrew

    The man is a waste of space and a drain on public finances.

    • Lynn Taylor

      Jealous……..

      • John McAndrew

        Not jealous at all. Just imagine the most talented and hard working person you know personally. They will not receive one tenth of the adulation lavished on this person who did nothing more remarkable than exit the ‘royal’ womb. Grow up.

        • Robert James George

          No point discussing further. Lynn appears to have the brownest of brown noses as far as the Windsor clan are concerned.

          • Lynn Taylor

            Wonder what colour yours is ?….If you do not like our Culture, then you can always sod off and live somewhere else…….Plenty of 3rd world Countries out there………

          • Robert James George

            Congratulations, spoken like a true bigot. You’d just love it if I were an immigrant of colour as well wouldn’t you. All your prejudices coming home to roost. Which 3rd world countries would you suggest?

          • Lynn Taylor

            I am not the bigot here, you are and with a huge chip on your shoulder as well – Just shows how envious you are of class and wealth – As I said, sod off and live somewhere else, as far away as possible – nobody will miss you…….

        • Lynn Taylor

          They have wealth that we could never imagine……As far as I am concerned they can keep it, I am happy with what I have…..I like the idea of the Royals, they bring Prestige, Wealth and Money into the Country like no other has….You should be proud of that……….

          • Robert James George

            Perhaps you’d like to demonstrate, with proof, how the Windsor clan bring both wealth and money into the country. They certainly suck it out of the country.

          • Lynn Taylor

            Foreigners flock to this Country to visit our Stately Homes, Palaces, Changing of the Guards, trying to get a glimpse of our Royals – They bring in trade through Banquets and balls, foreign trips generate, peace and goodwill, they help raise money and awareness to Charities – It costs the public 1p a year each to keep them, they are our heritage – Read your history books…….How much do you contribute ? or take out of the system ……Why don’t you just sod off and live somewhere else, nobody will miss you……

          • Robert James George

            They come to see buildings not a bunch of inbreeds. But as I said, instead of empty rhetoric, of which you have much, I asked you to provide evidence that the Windsors bring money into the country. You seem unable to so do.
            Tell me Lynn what do you contribute to the UK, apart from bigotry? I’ve worked for the NHS for 30odd years, and also served in Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Presumably you were just tugging your bigoted little forelock. Your type nauseate me.

          • Lynn Taylor

            You are definitely damaged in some way…..Stands out in your brittle, disturbed attitude about your Monarchy (Queen and Country) – What are you doing serving in the forces representing your Country and working the NHS with an attitude like you have ?……..You do not belong here…….

          • Robert James George

            More abusive guff instead of answering the question: what is the evidence for your allegation that the Windsors bring wealth and money into the country? Sounds like you’re incapable of backing up your words with any proof, unsurprisingly.
            Country is about people, not tugging forelocks to an unelected head of state and their hangers on.

          • Lynn Taylor

            I worked in the NHS for years, but never came across anyone like you, Glad I didn’t – You are definitely, warped, twisted in some way and should not be let loose in decent Society ….
            I answered your question, you cannot seem to accept anyone’s opinion other than your own, there is a name for people like you (SAD)…..The Royals are hard working, normal human beings and are a credit to our Country and Commonwealth – you are clearly envious of their wealth and status……….I do not wish to be in correspondence with a bigoted, twerp like you again……So sod off

          • Robert James George

            No you posted some opinions with no evidence. I’m just asking you to back up your assertions with hard evidence. While we’re on that subject perhaps you’d also back up your hard working claim with facts.
            Is your decent society populated with nice white skinned forelock tuggers who still think that Britain has an Empire? Who also vote Tory or UKIP?

          • Lynn Taylor

            You are very weird – What happened, didn’t Mummy love you enough ?……..Bugger Off……..

          • Robert James George

            And there ladies and gentlemen we have the royalist mindset summed up.
            Refusal to back up claims, despite many requests, that the Windsor contribute to the country’s finances with any evidence (because there is none, they are a drain on the country).
            Resorts instead to puerile abuse and petty insults.
            That forelock tugging must be quite damaging to an already impaired intellect.

          • Lynn Taylor

            And there we have it folks, the man with a huge chip on his shoulder, envious of the Royal Family for their Prestige, Pomp and Wealthy Lifestyle, who, unlike him contribute much to the Country, even the world generating mass fortunes, but with him being of an illiterate nature would not know what I am talking about, still reading the Beano ……..Obviously mummy didn’t shower enough love and affection upon him and it has left him insecure, damaged and hurt and he feels the need to lash out, Sad really……Really do need to get some help…….I will not lower myself to reply to any more of your sick, sad comments……..Just crawl back under your stone, you sad, sad creature……

        • Lynn Taylor

          But he is Royal and you are not……

  • luigi pasquali

    Happy Birthday asshole.

    • Lynn Taylor

      Well if we are talking to our assholes, then happy birthday luigi pasquali……….Have a little respect……

      • Robert James George

        Respect is something that is earned. Andrew Windsor has done nothing to earn respect, in fact quite the opposite. Even the navy despised him.

  • PrinceHarrysDad

    Looks like Lord Porchester to me!!!

    No mention of using underage girls for ‘massage’, hanging out with convicted paedophiles and dealing with brutal central asian dictators

  • John McAndrew

    Arguing with royalists is like arguing with a Trump supporter. No amount of reasoned argument will convince them that they are worshiping a clown. They deserve our pity, but their crawling subservience does convince me that sometimes there is enough vomit in the world.

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