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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Prince Andrew, Duke of York

Prince Andrew (b1960) is the first child born to a reigning monarch since Princess Beatrice in 1857, 103 years earlier. Andrew also named his eldest daughter Beatrice.

Prince Andrew saw active duty as a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War (1982).  He flew on multiple missions, which included anti-surface warfare, Exocet missile decoy and casualty evacuation.

On March 19, 1986, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, exactly ten years after Princess Margaret separated from Lord Snowdon.

Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey on July 23, 1986. Sarah Ferguson joined the British Royal Family as the Duchess of York.

The Duke and Duchess of York on their wedding day. By Elke Wetzig (Elya) - Wikipedia Commons

Prince Andrew became a father on August 8, 1988, with the birth of his first daughter, Princess Beatrice of York. She was born at 8:18 pm at London's Portland Hospital. His second child, another daughter, Eugenie, was born on March 23, 1990.

By 1991, the marriage was in trouble, and the couple had drifted apart. After four years of official separation, the Duke and Duchess announced the mutual decision to divorce on May 30, 1996.

In 2001, the Duchess of York told an American magazine the marriage began to fail within a week due to Andrew’s naval duties.

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