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Prince Andrew booed by coronation crowd in London

06 May 2023 2 minute read
The Duke of York at the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey, London. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Prince Andrew was booed by members of the crowd in London as he made his way to the King’s coronation service.

The Duke of York wore his Garter robes to the ceremony, reflecting an apparent softening of the royal family’s stance towards him.

Prince Andrew, who stepped back from royal duties after a controversial Newsnight interview and the furore over his friendship with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, wore the ceremonial robes to Saturday’s service at Westminster Abbey.

Last June, Andrew did not appear alongside senior members of the family at the annual Order of the Garter ceremony at Windsor Castle despite being a Knight of the Garter.

Earlier, as the duke was driven down The Mall in a state car towards Westminster Abbey, members of the crowd in a grandstand in front of Buckingham Palace booed as he went past.

The Palace had earlier said Andrew – and his nephew the Duke of Sussex – would have no formal role at the event as they are no longer working royals.

Sued

Andrew stepped away from public life after the controversial Newsnight interview in November 2019 and the fallout from his friendship with Epstein.

Virginia Giuffre also sued him for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17 after she was trafficked by Epstein.

Andrew denied the claims but paid millions in an out-of-court settlement in the US civil case.

The Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior order of chivalry in Britain.

According to the royal family website, in medieval times King Edward III was so inspired by tales of King Arthur and the chivalry of the Knights of the Round Table that he set up his own group of honourable knights, called the Order of the Garter.

Today, the order includes the King, who is Sovereign of the Garter, “several senior members of the royal family, and 24 knights chosen in recognition of their work”, according to the website.

The Order of the Garter robes are made of dark blue velvet and can be accompanied by a cap.

The robe has a white satin lining, white silk bows on the shoulders, an attached red velvet hood and tasselled cordons.


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Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
9 months ago

Will the Met police be arresting them for being ‘disruptive’? Probably not as they are monarchists not republicans.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
9 months ago

Andrew booed. Hoorah!

Carol James
Carol James
9 months ago

Monarchists good! Republicans bad! Orwell would have savoured today’s events and mindset.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
9 months ago

Just think, if Charles had fallen off his horse in his earlier years and broke his neck or drowned at sea while playing in the Navy, we would be crowning paedo Andrew today.

hdavies15
hdavies15
9 months ago

Just another in a long line of suspect tendencies. So what’s new ? You think Carlo is squeaky clean ?

The original mark
The original mark
9 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

No, not at all, just making an observation.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
9 months ago

Prince Andrew was booed because his mother, the late Queen, used £12m to keep quiet a victim of sexual abuse. Some wonder how Jimmy Savile was able to get away with his abuse. Well, it helps to have friends in high places.

Mawkernewek
9 months ago

Was it 15000 police out on the day and they still failed to arrest prince Andrew? Such incompetence.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
9 months ago

Graham Smith and over 50 other people arrested for peaceful protest.

Andrew Windsor – walking free after paying off a victim – avoiding justice (and I’m not making a judgement of whether he was guilty or innocent).

Justice? Democracy? Human Rights? Equality? Decency??

Corruption!

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