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Canada: Prince Andrew renounced royal patronage

After receiving the Queen’s approval, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday that Prince Andrew, the member of the royal family currently involved in an ongoing sexual abuse trial, had renounced his military affiliations and royal sponsorships .

The move comes after a U.S. judge on Wednesday cleared the continuation of a trial accusing Andrew, 61, of sexual abuse.

Virginia Giuffre accused Andrew, who is Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, of beating her and intentionally causing her emotional distress while the late financier Jeffrey Epstein trafficked her.

Andrew has denied accusations he forced Giuffre to have sex with him more than two decades ago at the London home of Epstein’s former partner, Ghislaine Maxwell.

Maxwell was convicted in late December 2021 of conspiring to recruit and prepare teenage girls to be abused by Epstein. She plans to seek a new trial after a juror in her case revealed he had been sexually abused.

Andrew has not been criminally charged or convicted.

WHAT ARE THE ROYAL PATRONAGES?

Members of the royal family have lent their names to a number of charities and organizations, with Buckingham Palace saying more than 3,000 organizations name a member of the royal family as patron or president. These include charities and military regiments.

Having a boss or royal president serves in part to provide “vital publicity” for the organization’s work, Buckingham Palace explains.

The Canadian government adds that Royal Patronage is also granted by Royal Members who will support the organization by volunteering or making charitable donations.

Of the many military affiliations and royal patronages Andrew had, a number were in Canada.

QUEEN YORK RANGERS

Andrew held the title of Colonel-in-Chief of the Queen’s York Rangers, also known as the 1st American Regiment, a reserve armored reconnaissance unit based in Toronto and Aurora, Ontario.

As part of the 32nd Canadian Brigade Group, the unit traces its history back to the Seven Years’ War.

Queen’s York Rangers have served in operations in Kosovo, Bosnia, Croatia, Somalia, Namibia, Cyprus and Afghanistan, in the broader campaign against ISIS in the Middle East and in Operation LASER, the Canadian Armed Forces response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

HIGHLANDS ROYAL SHOTGUNS OF CANADA

The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada are a reserve infantry regiment of the 31st Canadian Brigade Group based in Cambridge, Ontario.

Described as one of Canada’s oldest infantry regiments, the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada dates back to the War of 1812 and saw its members serve in World War I and II, as well as other more recent operations .

In 1998, Queen Elizabeth II granted the regiment a royal designation. Andrew also held the title of Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada.

PRINCESS LOUISE FUSILER

Andrew’s was Colonel-in-Chief of the Princess Louise Fusiliers, a Primary Reserve infantry unit based in Halifax.

The roots of the regiment go back to 1749 as a militia. Undergoing many name changes over the years, the unit received its first battle honor during the Northwest Resistance of 1885 and supplied soldiers to a company that was formed to serve in South Africa during the Second Boer War.

ROYAL PATRONAGE

The Canadian government lists six organizations of which Prince Andrew held royal patronage as Duke of York. They include:

  • The Royal Alberta United Services Institute, an organization that provides funds for reserves, scholarships, cadet corps, mess facility upgrades, and veterans groups. He received a royal grant in 1975.

  • The Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, which began in 1989 as an exchange program between the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and some Canadian universities, including Western and Queen’s, in recognition by American amateur golfer Bobby Jones.

  • The Canadian International Air Show, described as the country’s largest and oldest air show, held in Toronto over the Labor Day weekend.

  • The York Club, a private club in downtown Toronto

  • The Royal Colwood Golf Club, a private golf club in Victoria, British Columbia

  • The Maple Bay Yacht Club in Duncan, British Columbia

With files from Reuters and The Associated Press