Prince Andrew is reportedly set to attend a bash in Windsor later today as a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.
Prince Andrew is reportedly attending a bash open to RVO members today
Andrew’s reported attendance at today’s event was criticised by Norman Baker, the former Lib Dem MP for Lewes and current serving member of the Privy Council.
He told The Sun: “Prince Andrew is going to any length possible to worm his way back into public life.
“The only order he should be given is the order of the boot. He is simply being allowed to play dressing up as a royal for the day when really he should be serving a long period of silence.”
Prince Andrew is a member of the RVO
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Royal author Ingrid Seward noted the Duke is an RVO member, “so they probably couldn’t stop him going even if they wanted to”.
Andrew has been a member of the RVO for several decades, as he was first named by Queen Elizabeth II Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1979.
He retained the role until 2003, when. he was made Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
In February 2011, the late monarch made him a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
The RVO is a dynastic order of knighthood established by Queen Victoria in 1896 and is given to acknowledge the distinguished personal service to either the monarch, members of the Firm or any viceroy or senior representative of the sovereign.
The RVO is one of the honours the Duke was able to retain after he returned his military and royal patronages to his mother in mid-January 2022.
That move came one day after a New York judge refused Andrew’s lawyers’ request to throw out a civil lawsuit launched against the Duke by Virginia Giuffre.
Ms Giuffre accused the Duke of sexual assault on three occasions while she was 17 and being trafficked by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew vehemently and repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and, after returning his honours, demanded a trial by jury.
Prince Andrew is a Knight of the Order of the Garter
The Duke hasn’t carried out an official royal engagement since mid-November 2019, when he stepped back from public duties following his disastrous interview with Newsnight.
He has however made a few public appearances over the past years linked to paying tribute to his late parents.
In June last year, he was meant to attend the public service of the Order of the Garter, of which he remains a member, but he pulled out last minute – reportedly due to an ultimatum issued by Prince William.
Andrew is believed to have attended the reception held behind palace walls at Windsor Castle following the service.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK