The second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was born in 1960. Prince Andrew The disgraced Duke of York, will reportedly join his mother in the grand ceremony this summer. The 62-year-old is expected to attend Garter Day along with Queen Elizabeth II and other senior members of the British royal family.
The Noblest Order of the Garter is Britain’s highest order of chivalry. It is one of the oldest orders in the world. According to the Knights Charter of the Order, there could be no more than 24 people other than the monarch, the Prince of Wales, members of the royal family and foreign monarchs. According to the charter, the emperor personally selects the 24 members of the order without consulting the ministers. Other royal family members and foreign monarchs become junior members of the order.
The ceremony, which is considered one of the highlights of the royal family’s summer event, will take place on June 13 at Windsor Castle for the first time in three years. The Prince will attend privately as the Queen’s escort. Andrew has largely kept a low profile since leaving office in late 2019 following his disastrous interview about his relationship with the late American financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. In January, the Queen stripped Andrew of his military titles and patronage. But he is still in line for the throne. Andrew is currently ninth in line behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s two children. However, Andrew cannot use “His Royal Highness” in any capacity.
On March 29, Andrew accompanied the Queen to a memorial service for her late father, Prince Philip. This choice of escort was seen as an endorsement of her son when she settled a lawsuit involving Virginia Giuffre, who accused her of violence. Andrew’s role underscored that he is still a member of the royal family, even after the scandal rocked the palace. But earlier this year Giuffre, 38, reached a settlement with Andrew after a judge denied Prince’s bid to end the trial early. In a letter to the judge by Giuffre’s attorney, David Boyce, there was a statement that read, in part: