Prince Andrew Biography, Life, Interesting Facts

Military Leader

Prince Andrew

Birthday :

February 19, 1960

Also Known For :

Prince, Activist

Birth Place :

London, England, United Kingdom

Zodiac Sign :

Pisces

Chinese Zodiac :

Rat

Birth Element :

Metal


Prince Andrew, Duke of York was born Andrew Albert Christian Edward on February 19, 1960. He is a member of the British Royal Family. He is the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Andrew is a Commander and Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy. He is currently fifty-eight years old.

Early Life

Prince Andrew, Duke of York was born Andrew Albert Christian Edward on February 19, 1960, in Buckingham Palace in London, England. He was born to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. On April 8, 1960, he was baptized in the Palace by Geoffrey Fisher, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Prince Andrew attended Heatherdown School in Berkshire. In 1973, he joined Gordonstoun in Northern Scotland while participating in an exchange program to Lakefield College School, Canada. He graduated from Gordonstoun with A-levels in history, economics, English and Political Science. He later joined the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.



Military Service

In 1979, Prince Andrew joined the Royal Navy and enrolled at the Royal Naval College Flight. At the college, he trained as a pilot. In 1980, he took the Royal Marines All Arms Commando Course. He passed out from Dartmouth and went ahead to train with the Royal Air Force at RAF Leeming. The prince also received basic flying training with the Navy as HMS Seahawk. Prince Andrew participated in the Falklands War as a pilot.

In 1984, Prince Andrew got a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Later he was appointed by the Queen as her aide de camp. In 1999, the Prince was promoted to Commander and then completed his active naval career at the British Ministry of Defence two years later. In 2004, he was appointed as an Honorary Captain. He became an Honorary Rear Admiral in 2010. He received a promotion to Honorary Vice Admiral in 2015.

Personal Life

On July 23, 1986, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey. On the same day, the Queen named him the Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh. Together they have two daughters. On May 30, 1996, they divorced.

Prince Andrew is the Chairman of the Outward Bound Trust since 1999. He is also a patron of several associations. He is currently fifty-eight years old.


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