Quick Facts Of Prince Andrew
Celebrated Name Prince Andrew Age 59 Years Nick Name Prince Andrew, Duke of York Birth Name Andrew Albert Christian Edward Birth Date 1960-02-19 Gender Male Profession Member of British Royal Family Place Of Birth Buckingham Palace, London, England, United Kingdom Movies British Mother Queen Elizabeth II Father Prince Philip Education Heatherdown School, Britannia Royal Naval College Marital Status Married Girlfriend Koo Stark Spouse Sarah Ferguson (divorced) Married Date 23 July 1986 Sexual Orientation Straight Children Princess Eugenie of York and Princess Beatrice of York Siblings Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Edward Wessex Grand Parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Horoscope Pisces Best Known For The second son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
Prince Andrew, Duke of York is a member of the British royal family. He is the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He served in Royal Navy from 1978 to 2001 and reached the rank of Vice-admiral. He is one of the high-profile men dragged into Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
What is Prince Andrew Famous For?
- The second son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
Where was Prince Andrew Born?
Prince Andrew was born on 19 February 1960. His birth name is Andrew Albert Christian Edward. His birth place is in Buckingham Palace, London, England, United Kingdom. He holds British Nationality. He was born to a mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and a father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is the third child and second son. He was baptized in the Palace’s Music Room in April 1960. He is the namesake of his paternal grandfather, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark. He obtained his early education at Buckingham Palace. He was then sent to Heatherdown School near Ascot in Berkshire. He then entered Gordonstoun in September 1973. He spent six months participating in an exchange program to Lakefield College School in Canada. He left Gordonstoun with A-Levels in English, history, economics, and political science in 1979.
He did not get to university. Instead, he entered the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth.
He joined the Royal Navy in 1979.
He underwent various sporting tests and examinations at the Aircrew Selection Center at RAF Biggin Hill.
He was enrolled at the Royal Naval College Flight during March and April 1979, where he took pilot training. He was accepted as a trainee helicopter pilot in May 1979.
He was appointed as a midshipman in September 1979. He entered Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.
He also took the Royal Marines All Arms Commando Course during 1980.
He passed out from Dartmouth and the went on to elementary flying training with the Royal Air Force at RAF Leeming.
He also went to take basic flying training with the navy at HMS Seahawk. He learned to fly the Gazelle helicopter.
He received his wings and then moved onto more advanced training on the Sea King helicopter.
He conducted operational flying training until 1982.
He joined a carrier-based squadron, 820 Naval Air Squadron, serving aboard the aircraft carrier, HMS Invincible.
Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in April 1982, that led to the Falklands War. Prince Andrew served as a Sea King helicopter co-pilot, flying on missions that included anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, Exocet missile decoy, casualty evacuation, transport, and search and air rescue.
He remained with Invincible until 1983.
He was transferred to RNAS Portland in late 1983, where he was trained to fly the Lynx helicopter.
He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 February 1984.
He served aboard HMS Brazen as a flight pilot until 1986.
He then transferred to General List in October 1986.
He enrolled in a four-month helicopter warfare instructor’s course at RNAS Yeovilton.
After graduating, he served as a helicopter warfare officer in 702 Naval Air Squadron from February 1987 to 1988.
He also served as an officer of the Watch and Assistant Navigating Officer on HMS Edinburgh until 1989.
He was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander in February 1992.
He commanded the Hunt-class minehunter HMS Cottesmore from 1993 to 1994.
He served as Senior Pilot of 815 Naval Air Squadron from 1995 to 1996.
He was promoted to Commander in April 1999.
He finished his active naval career at the British Ministry of Defence in 2001, after he became an officer of the Diplomatic Directorate of the Naval Staff.
He was retired from the Active List of the Navy in July 2001.
He was made an Honorary Captain in 2004.
He was promoted to Honorary Rear Admiral in February 2010.
He was promoted to Honorary Vice Admiral in 2015.
Who is Prince Andrew Married to?
Prince Andrew first dated actress Koo Stark. They first met in February 1981 and became close friends. Upon returning from the Falklands War, they started dating each other. However, under pressure from press, paparazzi, and palace, they split in 1983.
Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson on 23 July 1986. They had known each other since childhood and they had met occasionally at polo matches. The same day, the Queen created him Duke of York, Earl of Inverness, and Baron Killyleagh. The couple had two daughters together. However, their marriage did not last forever. The couple split in March 1992 and their divorce was finalized in May 1996.
21 February 2011: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)
2 June 2003 – 21 February 2011: Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO)
19 December 1979 – 2 June 2003: Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
23 April 2006: Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter (KG)
1977: Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
1982: South Atlantic Medal, with Rosette
2002: Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
2012: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
2016: Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (1848)
1990: New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal
2001: Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) (with the first clasp)
2005: Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan
Norway 1988: Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav
UAE 2010: Collar of the Order of the Federation
Mexico 2015: Sash of the Order of the Aztec Eagle
Spain 2017: Order of Isabella the Catholic
5 May 2013: Royal Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
20 February 2015: Grand President of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League
13 July 2015: Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield
20 April 2016: Honorary Fellow of the Society of Light and Lighting (Hon. FSLL)
1 May 2018: Honorary Fellow of Hughes Hall, Cambridge
Honorary military appointments
Colonel-in-Chief of the Queen’s York Rangers (1st American Regiment)
Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada
Colonel-in-Chief of the Princess Louise Fusiliers
Colonel-in-Chief of the Canadian Airborne Regiment (disbanded)
Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment
1 February 1984: Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The Queen (AdC(P))
Colonel of the Grenadier Guards
Colonel-in-Chief of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s)
Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th and Ulster Defence Regiment)
Colonel-in-Chief of the Small Arms School Corps
Colonel-in-Chief of the Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot)
Royal Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland
Honorary Air Commodore, Royal Air Force Lossiemouth
Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm
Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps
Jeffrey Epstein and Sex Abuse Allegations
Prince Andrew was friends with American financier and convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. After a series of sex abuse cases landed against Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew was one of the high profile name dragged into the Epstein controversy. A woman named Virginia Roberts Giuffre made allegations against Prince Andrew that he was one of the men who had sex with her while she was a teenager. She alleged Epstein paid her 10,000 pounds to have sex with the Duke. She alleged that she was 17 when she had sex with Duke. The Duke and Roberts were also photographed together with the Duke’s arm around her waist. The allegations have as of early 2015, not been tested in any court. A second girl, Joanne Sjoberg gave photo evidence alleging that Prince Andrew had placed his hand on her breast while seated with Roberts in Epstein’s mansion.
Did You Know?
- The Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher baptized Prince Andrew on 8 April 1960.
- He was the first child born to a reigning monarch since the birth in 1857 of Queen Victoria’s youngest child, Princess Beatrice.
- He became the godfather of his girlfriend, Koo Stark’s daughter.
- He plays golf.
- He is also a keen skier.
- He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.
- He is currently the eighth in the line of succession to the throne.
- He has a personal heraldic flag for use in Canada.
- He appears on two stamps with HMS Herald, issued by Saint Helena.