Prince Andrew’s royal title left out in Queen’s birthday announcement

Prince Andrew celebrated his birthday earlier this month and the Queen wished him a happy birthday on the official royal Twitter account – but his titles were absent.

The Duke of York, who turned 61 on February 19, has not been officially stripped of his titles by the Queen.

In 2019, the prince stepped down from working royal life following a BBC Newsnight interview regarding his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein which caused backlash.

Epstein, convicted with sex offences, killed himself in prison in July of that year, writes the Express.

Andrew released a statement days after the interview, saying: “It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support.”

He said he was stepping back "for the foreseeable future" and continued to "unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein”.

On his birthday, the Royal Family's twitter account posted: "#OnThisDay in 1960 the Queen was safely delivered of a son, the first child born to a reigning Monarch since 1857.

"Her Majesty is pictured holding Prince Andrew in 1961 on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, alongside the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and the Queen Mother.”

A black and white photo of the official placard announcing his birth was including, and another image of the prince as a young child in his mother's arms.

Last year, the Royal Family's post celebrating his birthday was similar.

It read: “On this day in 1960, Prince Andrew was born at Buckingham Palace, the first child born to a reigning monarch for 103 years.”

But it included a nod to his status by adding: “Happy Birthday to the Duke of York.”

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It also included a black and white snap of the Duke as a child in the Queen Mother's arms, as well as a recent image of the royal with a plain backdrop.

Before the Newsnight interview, the same account tweeted: “Happy Birthday to HRH The Duke of York! #HappyBirthdayHRH.”

A recent photo of Andrew with the Queen was attached to the 2019 post.

The official account has not added new or contemporary images of the Duke to birthday posts since the Newsnight interview.

It looks to the royal's youth instead, when mentioning the Duke in public tweets.

Critics have questioned what will happen to Andrew's titles since he decided to step down in November 2019.

The prince was stripped of his £249,000 salary after his early resignation, but is believed to be supported through the Queen's private income.

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