The United Kingdom’s Prince Andrew will appear at a high-profile ceremony with Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal family, and his appearance will be listed under his royal title, months after he was stripped of his military titles.
The UK Telegraph reported Monday that Prince Andrew will attend the Garter Day ceremony in June with the Queen and other senior members of the Royal family. The outlet also reported that his name will also appear under his official title, “His Royal Highness the Duke of York,” in the Court Circular, the official daily report of the previous day’s royal events, which is printed in all the UK’s major newspapers.
The Telegraph notes, however, that Prince Andrew’s attendance will be in a private capacity as a Royal Knight of the Garter. The Queen is the sovereign solely in charge of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, making decisions without consulting her ministers. Prince Andrew’s appointment to the Order is considered a private one. A source inside the royal palace told the outlet that it was “standard practice” to include the Duke of York in the royal Circular.
Earlier this year, Andrew was stripped of his military honors and royal titles by the Queen, after a judge allowed a sexual assault case against him to proceed. “With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen,” Buckingham Palace announced in a statement at the time. “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.” He was also barred from using his official “His Royal Highness” style in any official capacity. A few weeks later, Andrew reached a £12 million (about $15.1 million) settlement with Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, which included a “substantial donation” to her charity, which supports victims of sex trafficking.
The Garter Day ceremony will take place on June 13. It will be the first in three years; the last Garter Day ceremony was held in 2019. Several new members will be installed into the order this year, including Princess Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall , who will be admitted to the Order “in recognition of her increasing importance within the Royal family,” the Telegraph reported. Camilla is the first royal to be admitted to the Order since Prince William in 2008. Also knighted into the Order will be former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Valerie, Baroness Amos, a former Cabinet minister who will become the first Lady Companion of color.
The Most Noble Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior chivalric order in the United Kingdom, founded by King Edward III of England in 1348. The order is dedicated to St. George, the patron saint of England. It is comprised of the Queen, several members of the royal family, and 24 knights and ladies, called Companions. Originally, it was reserved for male members of the British aristocracy, but has since been opened up to male and female members from all backgrounds, in recognition for public service. Members are invested by the Queen in the throne room of Windsor Castle. The royal family then entertains the members and officers of the order, then all members partake in a short foot procession to St. George’s Chapel, where any new members are installed at a short service.