Sarah Ferguson visits Queen at Balmoral with Prince Andrew and daughters
Posted: 12 August 2013 9:48 am Edited by: Martin
Sarah, Duchess of York this week joined His Royal Highness The Duke of York (her former husband) in travelling to Balmoral Castle to visit Her Majesty The Queen.
Since their divorce, Sarah, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew have rarely been seen together at public events and the Duchess is seldom (if at all) present at royal functions.
The Express reports that The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice and Eugenie flew to Aberdeen airport on Friday before driving from the airport to Balmoral Castle. Sarah, Duchess of York has been invited to Balmoral before since her divorce (in 2005 and 2008) but according to the Express, didn’t stay in the main castle like this time.
Renowned royal expert Marlene Koenig told Royal Central that, “[one] possibility would be for Beatrice to talk about a wedding, but one would think she would bring Dave to meet the Queen as she will need official permission to marry. However, this would not be usual because the approval would largely go through more official channels.”
It is required under British law for all descendants of George II to seek permission of the Sovereign to marry, unless they’re a princess married into another royal house. This is due to change when the Succession to the Crown Act comes into force, meaning only the first six in line to the throne need The Queen’s permission.
Princess Beatrice has been with her boyfriend Dave Clark for over 6 years now and there is speculation that an engagement may have happened during Princess Beatrice’s 25th birthday celebrations at Royal Lodge Windsor on Thursday.
Conventionally, we won’t hear about a royal engagement until about a month after, probably to give the new couple a chance to organise things and enjoy some private time together.
The Duke and Duchess of York’s divorce has always been amicable and when they discuss them remarrying, their daughters always say they appreciate things as they are. Princess Eugenie described them as the ‘best divorced couple I know’.
Marlene Koenig added, ‘It is a positive thing when divorced parents put aside their own issues for the sake of their children’.