Queen’s Garter Day ban on Andrew ‘shows handover of power to heirs’

The Queen banned Prince Andrew from the Garter Day procession at Windsor Castle after accepting the opinion of Charles and William who didn’t want him there, they say

Charles and William didn't want Andrew on Garter Day, they say
Charles and William didn’t want Andrew on Garter Day, they say

Prince Charles and William showed they are now decision makers in the royal family after Andrew missed Garter Day, reports say.

The Duke of York was forced to remain out of sight during the Garter Day procession after a “family decision” was made to limit his appearance to a backstage luncheon and investiture ceremony.

As the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and other senior royals walked through the grounds of Windsor Castle for a service commemorating the Order of the Garter, Andrew remained behind closed doors.

The Queen was ready to hear the opinions of Charles and William, who ruled out Andrew’s presence, a Telegraph source said.

In fact, Andrew thought he was going to take part in the procession from Windsor Castle until the Queen broke the news to him that he would not be able to take part in the parade in front of the world’s media.

The Queen is said to have accepted Charles and William’s decision



“There are two roles in this situation, a mother and a monarch, and the Queen looks at it both ways,” a telegraph Source. “A mother will always be interested in the well-being of her son.

“When it comes to the monarchy, there are other people in the family who are now also entitled to a view.”

Another source said it was an exercise in “clarity” for a duke still reclaiming more of his royal responsibilities.

“There’s a difference between constantly asking and always being given,” they said. “Mothers have a way of gently letting us down, sometimes in a way we don’t even realize.”

The occasion exposed the royal family’s problem – what formal role can Andrew play after his reputation has been severely tarnished by his involvement in a civil sexual assault case.

It was the Queen’s job to tell Andrew that he was not wanted



And it also revealed the internal struggle between senior members of the royal family and the Duke’s alleged desire to be reinstated as working king.

The Queen had signaled her support for Andrew – reportedly her favorite child – by attending the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service with him in March.

Andrew gave the Queen a steady arm as she went to Westminster Abbey to remember her husband’s life, a few weeks after he reached a multimillion-pound out-of-court settlement in a civil sexual assault case.

William and Kate visit the Order of the Garter at St. George’s Chapel


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But there has been speculation that senior members of the royal family would not approve of its appearance, and it seems the Queen has acknowledged her views on Garter Day being staged at Windsor Castle.

Around 4,500 spectators inside the castle walls followed the colorful procession of the Knights and Ladies of the Garter in blue velvet coats, red velvet bonnets, black velvet hats and white ostrich feathers.

She was joined for the first time by the Duchess of Cornwall, who was made Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter.

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