Prince Andrew's birthday tribute scrapped as Queen faces pressure to revoke Duke of York gift

Prince Andrew's 62nd birthday this weekend is unlikely to be a joyous affair

Prince Andrew's birthday tribute scrapped after settlement
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A tribute for Prince Andrew's birthday has been canceled in light of his recent sex abuse case, in yet another move to shun the disgraced royal from public life. 

A Prince Andrew birthday tribute has been scrapped following his sex abuse settlement earlier this week, in yet another sign that the disgraced royal has been permanently shunned from public life. 

It has long been a tradition for Northern Ireland to honor senior members of the Royal Family on special occasions by flying the Union Flag at its government buildings in Belfast. 

However, it looks like the Duke of York—who turns 62 on Saturday, 19 February—is no longer eligible for the windy salute. 

Belfast City councilors voted not to recognize Prince Andrew's birthday last month, in light of the allegations of sex abuse facing the royal. It has also been decided that in 2022, only the birthdays of the Queen and the Prince of Wales will be commemorated. 

Union Flag

The Union Flag is traditionally flown on the birthdays of senior royals 

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The news comes amid ongoing calls for the Queen to remove Prince Andrew's Duke of York title. Her Majesty granted her second youngest child the noble moniker, which was previously held by George VI, in celebration of his 1986 wedding to Sarah Ferguson. The 95-year-old monarch is now under intense pressure to revoke the dukedom, along with the Duke's remaining military title of Vice-Admiral. 

The Queen has already stripped Andrew of his royal patronages and his HRH title, and confirmed that he will no longer undertake any public duties. He has also reportedly been banned from the Platinum Jubilee 2022 celebrations in June. 

However, it doesn't look likely that the royal matriarch will revoke the Duke's peerage. Contrary to popular belief, the Queen doesn't have the legal right to remove a Dukedom—even if she was the one to grant it. 

"As I understand it, it does have to be an act of parliament that revokes his title," the  It's an ancient Dukedom," royal expert Emily Andrews explained. 

Prince Andrew and The Queen

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"Perhaps the Queen could ask him not to use it in the same way that she's put his HRH His Royal Highness title in abeyance." 

As for Prince Andrew's birthday plans, it's highly unlikely he'll be having a big bash to mark the occasion. For his 50th, he enjoyed a double whammy of festivities—starting with a lavish dinner in the Swiss Alps followed by a Buckingham Palace party attended by 300 guests. Fast forward 12 years, and the Duke is looking at a very different type of birthday. 

With no reported arrangements in order for the day, the exiled royal is likely to spend the day in the company of his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, at the Royal Lodge. It's unknown whether or not he'll be visited by his siblings, Charles, Anne, and Edward, or the Queen. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.