His Royal Highness The Duke of York (Andrew Albert Christian Edward Mountbatten-Windsor) (born February 19, 1960), a member of the Royal House of Windsor, is the third child (and second son) of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. His official title is HRH The Duke of York, Baron Killyleagh, Earl of Inverness, KCVO, ADC. He was also known as HRH The Prince Andrew.
Unlike his brothers, Andrew did not attend university. In his late teens and early twenties, he earned a reputation as a playboy, and his relationships with "unsuitable" women, particularly the actress/model, Koo Stark, attracted unwanted media attention and gained him the nickname "Randy Andy". During the Falklands War of 1982, Andrew was on active service as a helicopter pilot, and this helped improve his public image. After the fire at Windsor Castle in 1992, it was Andrew who spoke to the media on behalf of the royal family.
On July 23, 1986 Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson, and they divorced on May 30, 1996, having had two daughters, Princesses Beatrice (born August 8, 1988) and Eugenie (born March 23, 1990). Andrew was widely seen as the injured party in the divorce. His performance as a husband and family man had impressed the general public, and he is currently one of the more popular members of the British Royal Family.
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