Here we are for another instalment for our 10 Questions & Answers article. This week, we have chosen The Queen’s second son and 4th-in-line to the throne, Prince Andrew, Duke Of York. Next week, we will be doing our first historical royal 10 Questions and Answers on Diana, Princess Of Wales.
Question 1: Where does Prince Andrew come in the Royal Family, what’s his role?
Prince Andrew is the second son and third child of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke Of Edinburgh. He was born on 19th February 1960 at Buckingham Palace and was the first child to be borne to a reigning Queen since Queen Victoria. Prince Andrew gets the title of ‘Prince’ and style of ‘HRH’ from the 1917 letters patent which allows all children of the sovereign to hold the title of prince/princess. His title, Duke of York was given to him for his wedding to the now divorced Sarah, Duchess Of York in 1986.
Question 2: Does Prince Andrew have a job or does he perform Royal duties?
The Duke of York is an active member of the Royal Family performing many duties on behalf of The Queen and pursuing his own charitable interests. He used to be the UK’s special representative for business, but that was a role he has quit in recent years, after much press-abuse over his supposedly excessive travelling coupled with personal reasons.
Question 3: Does Prince Andrew have a wife?
Prince Andrew is currently believed to be single and divorced. He divorced his wife Sarah, Duchess Of York in 1996 due to their relationship being no longer practicable, coupled with some revealing photos of the woman affectionately known to the British public as ‘Fergie’ (after her pre-marital surname Ferguson) that were published by the British press. Prince Andrew is said to maintain an excellent relationship with Sarah, however.
Question 4: Does Prince Andrew have any children?
Yes, he has two daughters. HRH Princess Beatrice of York and HRH Princess Eugenie of York, born in 1988 and 1990 respectively. Princess Beatrice is 5th and is the first female in line to the throne and Princess Eugenie is 6th in line to the throne.
Question 5: What’s Prince Andrew’s relationship like with his mother?
Prince Andrew’s mother, The Queen, is said to enjoy an exceptional relationship with Andrew. Some outlets have even unfairly said that Prince Andrew is The Queen’s favourite child – they have based this on the fact that it is widely regarded that The Queen always carries a photograph of Prince Andrew in his Naval Uniform around in her handbag.
Question 6: What are Prince Andrew’s hobbies?
The Duke Of York is a very keen golfer. It has been recorded that his golf handicap actually qualifies him to play professionally, though he only regards it as a viable hobby. He is also a very keen supporter of Norwich City Football [soccer] club. He has also developed strong links with Kazakhstan and sometimes is present at goose hunting events with their president.
Question 7: What was The Duke Of York’s role as Trade Envoy about? And what made him have to stop?
From 2001 until 2011, Prince Andrew was official Trade & Investment envoy, working in conjunction with the Department of Business, Education and Skills. This was a job previously held by The Duke Of Kent. Prince Andrew’s suitability for the job was, however, challenged in the House Of Commons, he was also questioned for why his travel and accommodation bill was so high (he received a £250,000 grant from HM Treasury for what he does). His frequent travelling and expensive accommodation led to the UK Press giving him the nickname ‘AirMiles Andy’. In 2011, he stepped down from his role, citing: “The role as Special Representative will no longer exist as the Duke of York has decided to relinquish it after 10 years.”
Question 8: What about Prince Andrew’s career in the Royal Navy?
Prince Andrew has enjoyed a very successful career in the Royal Navy, following in his father’s footsteps. He famously took part in the Falklands conflict in the eighties. When the British Government got apprehensive that there was potential for the Queen’s son to be killed in action, they tried to have him withdrawn to a desk job, but The Queen especially said that she didn’t want him withdrawn completely, and he remained on his ship, HMS Illustrious for his time in the conflict, helping organise things. The Argentinean military government reportedly planned, but did not attempt, to assassinate the prince on Mustique in July 1982.
Question 9: How was Prince Andrew educated?
Similarly to Royals before him, a governess was appointed to look after the Prince and was responsible for his early education at Buckingham Palace. Prince Andrew was then sent to Heatherdown Preparatory School before attending, in September 1973, Gordonstoun, in northern Scotland, as his father and elder brother had done before him. While there, Prince Andrew spent six months – from January to June 1977 – participating in an exchange programme to Lakefield College School in Lakefield, Ontario, and graduated in July two years later with A-Levels in English, history, economics, and political science. Prince Andrew eschewed university, however, choosing instead to enter the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth.
Question 10: What’s in store for The Prince in the future?
Prince Andrew is not ever expected to reign as King, though he is 4th in line to the throne, which means there is always a possibility that he may become King, just like for anyone in the line of succession. He is expected to continue in his role at supporting The Queen in an official capacity and representing The British Monarchy and Britain in general. There are no plans for the Prince to assume another business related role in representing the UK, like some outlets have reported.