It’s official: The Queen has stripped her son Prince Andrew of his military titles.
Prince Andrew, known as The Duke of York, will also stop using the style His Royal Highness in an official capacity, too.
A succinct statement from Buckingham Palace announced the news – after a US civil lawsuit, over sexual assault allegations (that Andrew has always denied), was confirmed to be going ahead.
The statement from the Palace stressed he is fighting the lawsuit as a ‘private citizen’.
But what does all this title-stripping mean in reality? And is Andrew still a prince?
Here’s what you need to know.
Is Prince Andrew still a prince – what are his titles?
As things stand, Prince Andrew is still a prince. He is also still titled The Duke of York.
He was born a prince, as the son of the monarch, and was given the Dukedom by The Queen on marriage to Sarah Ferguson.
Andrew is referred to as both, but these titles will no longer be preceded by the style HRH, or His Royal Highness.
And, technically, Prince Andrew is still an HRH. It just won’t ever be mentioned in public or used officially.
This is a similar title-stripping situation to the former working royals Harry and Meghan.
But neither can use the styles His or Her Royal Highness in public, though they are technically HRHs.
Currently, Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson is titled Sarah, Duchess of York.
She lost her HRH style properly – as well as the ‘The’ before Duchess – upon divorcing Prince Andrew in 1996.
For the same reason (divorce), the late Princess Diana lost her HRH in 1996. She was titled Diana, Princess of Wales.
Does Andrew have any military titles or royal patronages left?
The statement reads: ‘With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen.’
So, in short, no he doesn’t. Prior to the allegations, Andrew was patron for around 100 charities, schools and other organisations.
These included the Royal Air Force Golfing Society, the Berkshire County Cricket Club, Lakefield College School in Ontario and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.
In 2019, it was announced he would be stepping back from all of his organisations.
Andrew’s former military titles – now back with The Queen
Andrew previously held several honorary military titles after his 22-year career in the Royal Navy.
• Colonel of the Grenadier Guards
• Deputy colonel-in-chief of the Royal Lancers
• Colonel-in-chief of the Royal Irish Regiment
• Colonel-in-chief of the Yorkshire Regiment
• Colonel-in-chief of the Small Arms School Corps
• Royal colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers
• Honorary air commodore of RAF Lossiemouth
• Commodore-in-chief of the Fleet Air Arm
As of January 2022, the patronages are now fully removed, and The Queen will redistribute them among the Royal Family. The same goes for his honorary military titles.
He was Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and Colonel-in-chief of the Yorkshire Regiment, among others.
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