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Prince Andrew turns down promotion from The Queen

Prince Andrew, Duke of York

The Duke of York has turned down a promotion in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

According to the Daily Express, to mark Prince Andrew’s upcoming 60th birthday, The Queen was planning on making her son an Admiral in the Royal Navy.

However, the Duke has turned down the offer of promotion in the wake of Epstein’s death and the Prince’s disastrous Newsnight interview last year.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “By convention, the Duke of York would be in line for military promotion on his 60th birthday. 

“Following the decision by His Royal Highness to step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, the Duke of York has asked the Ministry of Defence if this promotion might be deferred until such time that His Royal Highness returns to public duty.” 

The Queen often celebrates the major birthdays of her children by presenting them with new titles or jobs,

Just last year, Her Majesty gave her youngest son, Prince Edward, a new Earldom to mark his 55th birthday.

It is possible that the Duke of York may wish to become an Admiral in the future, if and when he returns to royal duties.

To mark Prince Andrew’s 50th birthday in 2010, he accepted the position of Rear Admiral. Five years later when he turned 55, he was made Vice Admiral, the rank he currently holds.