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British Royals

The Duke of York won’t attend the 2020 Commonwealth Day Service

The Queen, the Duke of York
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Prince Andrew won’t be present at one of the most important events in the Royal Family’s year. The Duke of York is a regular at the Commonwealth Day Service but won’t be present when the rest of the House of Windsor gather to mark the occasion next week.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the ceremony at Westminster Abbey – it is likely to be one of their last major appearances in the UK before they begin their new lives, stepping back from senior royal roles from March 31st 2020.

Buckingham Palace has just announced that the Queen will be joined, as expected, by her heir, the Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall for the service as well as by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prince Charles and Camilla will also attend the annual reception held by the Commonwealth Secretary-General at Marlborough House in London that evening.

The Duke of York gave up frontline royal duties at the end of 2019 following ongoing controversy over his relationship with convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein.

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Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.