Prince Andrew’s military affiliations and royal patronages returned to the Queen

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    Prince Andrew, Duke of York
    Second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born 1960)

The Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Prince Andrew faces a sex abuse case in a US court after a judge dismissed his lawyer’s bid to throw out case. He denies the allegations.

Now the Duke of York will no longer use the style “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity.

He has stepped away from all public duties.

Photographs emerged of the duke being driven from his home, Royal Lodge, near Windsor Castle in Berkshire (AFP via Getty Images)
Photographs emerged of the duke being driven from his home, Royal Lodge, near Windsor Castle in Berkshire (AFP via Getty Images)

The Palace said in a statement: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.

“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

Andrew retains his military rank of Vice Admiral, the Palace confirmed.

The duke, who served in the Royal Navy, was made Vice Admiral by the Navy on his 55th birthday in 2015.

He was due to be promoted to Admiral on his 60th birthday in 2020 but asked to defer this after he stepped down from public duties.

However, handing back his royal patronages has seen him lose his honorary titles at Royal Portrush and Royal County Down golf clubs in Northern Ireland.

The Duke of York’s representatives have offered no further comment.

Ms Giuffre is seeking unspecified damages as she sues the Queen’s son for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17 in a civil case brought against the royal in the US. He denies the allegations.

A source close to the Duke told The Standard: “Given the robustness with which Judge Kaplan greeted our arguments, we are unsurprised by the ruling.

Prince Andrew was pictured with Virginia Giuffre, then Roberts, in 2001 (BBC PANORAMA)
Prince Andrew was pictured with Virginia Giuffre, then Roberts, in 2001 (BBC PANORAMA)

“However, it was not a judgement on the merits of Ms Giuffre’s allegations. This is a marathon not a sprint and the Duke will continue to defend himself against these claims.”

Earlier on Thursday, Prince Andrew broke cover for the first time after the judge’s ruling.

Photographs emerged of the duke being driven from his home, Royal Lodge, near Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

Andrew remains in the line of succession to the throne and as such is still a Counsellor of State.

Military titles as follows:

Grenadier Guards – Colonel

The Princess Louise Fusiliers of Canada – Colonel in Chief

The Queen’s York Rangers (1st American Regiment) – Colonel in Chief

Royal Highland Fusiliers (Canada) – Colonel in Chief

Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling), 83rd and 87th and The Ulster Defence Regiment) – Colonel in Chief

Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own) – Colonel in Chief

Small Arms School Corps – Colonel in Chief

The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths’ Own) – Colonel in Chief

The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland – Royal Colonel

Yorkshire Regiment – Colonel in Chief

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