Who is Prince Andrew?
Prince Andrew is the Duke of York and a member of the British Royal Family.
|Full Name||Andrew Albert Christian Edward|
|Birth Date||February 19, 1960|
|Birth Place||Buckingham Palace, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Mother||Queen Elizabeth II|
Andrew was born on the 19th of February, 1960 in Buckingham Palace, London, England, United Kingdom. Furthermore, he is the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He was second in the line of succession to the British throne at the time of his birth. He is eight in line as of May of 2019.
Early Life and Education
Prince Andrew was baptized in the Palace’s Music Room on the 8th of April 1960 by Geoffrey Fisher, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Furthermore, he is the namesake of his paternal grandfather, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark. His paternal grandfather died 16 years before his birth.
After Princess Beatrice, he was the first child born to a reigning monarch. A governess looked after him. She was also responsible for his early education at Buckingham Palace.
He attended Heatherdown School near Ascot in Berkshire. He entered Gordonstoun in northern Scotland in September of 1973. His father and elder brother had also attended the college. He spent six months there and participated in an exchange program at Lakefield College School located in Lakefield.
He left Gordonstoun with A-Levels in English, history, economics, and political science two years later. Prince Andrew did not go to university. However, he entered the Britannia Royal Naval College situated at Dartmouth.
Prince Andrew holds the rank of commander and the honorary rank of vice admiral in the Royal Navy. Furthermore, he served as an active-duty helicopter pilot as well as an instructor. Also, he served as the captain of a warship. He saw active service during the Falklands War. He flew on multiple missions including anti-surface warfare, Exocet missile decoy, and casualty evacuation.
Prince Andrew transferred to RNAS Portland. There, he trained to fly the Lynx helicopter. He became the Lieutenant on the 1st of February, 1984. Furthermore, the Queen appointed him as her aide-de-Camp. He became the Duke of York and transferred to General List.
The Duke of York became the senior pilot of 815 Naval Air Squadron from 1995 to 1996. He also became the Commander on the 27th of April, 1999. He retired from the Active List of the Navy in July of 1999. Later, he was promoted to Honorary Vice Admiral five years later.
Personal Life of Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson on the 23rd of July, 1986 at Westminster Abbey. The Queen created him Duke of York, Earl of Inverness, and Baron Killyleagh on the same day. The Duke of York and Earl of Inverness were held by his maternal grandfather and great-grandfather before.