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On March 28 the Duke of York was guest of honour at a ceremony at RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset, to mark the end of service of the Lynx Mk 3 Full Mission Simulation.



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** itv.com: Prince Andrew flies final helicopter simulation **

** navaltoday.com: Duke of York Visits RNAS Yeovilton, UK **
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The DM is back on one of its favourite hoppy horses, Airmiles Andy is back...

Airmiles Andy is back at the despot's table dinner table... even though trade role was axed two years ago | Mail Online
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The Duke of York visited St. Pauls Way Transformation Project at St. Paul's Way Trust School in London on April 18, 2013.



** Pic ** eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk: Prince Andrew visits St Paul’s Way Trust School in Bow **
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Fergie and Andrew went out for dinner (again). They went together in the car. Then, they walked 20 feet apart into the restaurant.
I have said elsewhere that the whole "entering the restaurant do we hold hands or not" thing always looks awkward no matter their choice.
This, however looks even sillier.
See all photos to get the idea of the whole thing. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson Get Dinner Together - Pictures - Zimbio

If they want to eat (or anything else) together, good for them. But it like looking at a child who has chocolate smeared all over their face and is saying "No I did not eat any chocolate" when they do this kind of thing.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:09 PM
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This is the dinner from last week.
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This is the dinner from last week.
Yep - I just saw it today. Sorry if the timing bugs anyone. But my issue with the walk from the car stands.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:26 PM
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My theory is that they're not trying to hide anything, they're just trying to give the press plenty of time to take individual photographs of them.
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Andrew reminds me of his maternal great grandmother.

I wish they'd just leave them alone...if they want to have dinner (or anything else) so what.


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Yep - I just saw it today. Sorry if the timing bugs anyone. But my issue with the walk from the car stands.
I've noticed that Andrew and Sarah do this too, and it seems obvious to me that they just don't want the paparazzi to get a shot of them in the same frame - because then it will be all over the Daily Mail and other tabloids with headlines about remarriage. They have a strategy of walking just far enough apart that they are always in separate photos (except when they drive away in the same car, of course)

Actually, I was also thinking about the bodyguard when I was looking at these photos. It only just now occurred to me how boring it must be for a guard when his charges go into a restaurant. What does he do? He has to just wait around aimlessly for two hours...
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On May 2nd the Duke of York as Rear Admiral took the salute at the Lord High Admiral's Passing Out Parade at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.



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** thisiscornwall.co.uk: Prince Andrew recalls naval college training **

** royalnavy.mod.uk: New Naval officers receive Royal seal of approval **

** navynews.co.uk: Royal honour for Dartmouth as 100 new officers join the Navy **
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This was in the Sunday Times - they explained that the issue was raised by someone who is anti-royal.

Frankly, education is irrelevant when it comes to electing Royals - Yes, Charles and William have a degree but Anne doesn't, Philip left school and went into the navy at 18 (like Andrew) and the Queen was educated at home. Why pick on Andrew.

It doesn't mean they can't contribute.
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Andrew would have had to have some science understanding to fly helicopters off ships - harder than off land - as the rolling of the deck etc has to be taken into consideration along with wind conditions (Harry only has to deal with the wind not a rolling deck that Andrew had to deal with).

Andrew has promoted scientific endeavours, which is why he was put forward but that doesn't wash to many members as they can't see past the name to what the man is interested in and has actually achieved.
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I would be very surprised if all the members ever actually actively voted on any new Fellow, whoch I suspect accounts for the abstentions.
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In one article on this I read that 85% of those who voted voted for him (yes I am aware that there was no "NO" on the ballot paper) and a comment that that was a good turn-out of voters for a 'democracy'.

Now maybe because I live in a country with compulsory voting where the normal turn-out for an election is 98%+ I find the level of absentia hardly symptomatic of an effective democracy at all.
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Well, congrats to HRH The Duke of York on being elected as a Royal Fellow.

"HRH The Duke York KG GCVO has been elected a Royal Fellow of the Society for his long interest in science and its applications, and his strong and active support of many of the activities of the Society."

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It seems to me that there's only one person who's gone on record as being opposed to or disgusted by Andrew's election here.

The electoral process may be kind of questionable, but if they make it clear that if you send back a ballot that is marked in some way but hasn't been checked off yes then they take it as a no vote, I don't see the process as being really problematic. You get a slip of paper, you either check yes or you make a scribble of some sort - or even write no - and send it back in. Then your vote is recorded and when they're tallied up the results are in.

85% of the people who voted said yes. That's a majority - and in my opinion, the people who chose not to vote need to suck it up (although, everything that I've read seems to indicate that most people don't care and the ones who are making a fuss about it are the ones who voted no and therefore lost this election).

As to what this says about the royals, democracy, or society as a whole - absolutely nothing. The Royal Society of Science is not an organization that is, to the best of my understanding, publicly financed. It is not require in any way to undertake democratic principles. It is a fellowship of scientists who have in their power the ability to nominate royal fellows - which seem like they're simply honourary fellows with a special title. Do we actually know how many people vote on the honourary positions? If they have a history of low voter turn out then this just means that Andrew's election showed voter apathy (on the part of those who didn't vote) and poor losing (on the part of those making a fuss about it).
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The Duke of York was pictured leaving LouLou's in Mayfair, London, on May 2nd:



** zimbio gallery: Prince Andrew Spotted Out Late in Mayfair **
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ONE hundred newly qualified Royal Navy officers celebrated their formal commissioning during a parade at Britannia Royal Naval College attended by the Duke of York:
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Agreed. I remember the fire at Windsor Castle and Andrew being on site and helping to remove things. He was there at the time because he was doing research on something. Some journalists sneered, "What could he possibly be researching?"


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The Duke of York is currently visiting Vancouver and Victoria for the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York Visits Vancouver and Victoria, Canada for the Victoria Day long weekend | Carolyn Harris: Royal Historian
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