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Prince Andrew could be banned from wearing ceremonial robes at his brother King Charles III’s Coronation on May 6, and a new Express.co.uk poll has shown that 71 percent of readers think the Duke of York should not be allowed to wear his velvet robes and insignia for the occasion.
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The Coronation will be a designated “Collar Day” meaning members of the Order of the Garter may wear the regalia and collar signifying the British orders of knighthood they belong to.
Despite being a Royal Knight of the Garter, Andrew may be asked to wear a lounge suit to the Westminster Abbey ceremony.
Andrew is reportedly “furious” over the deliberation on whether he can wear his ceremonial robes denoting his position or not. A source told The Mirror that the Duke of York has been “left completely in the dark” about his role and required dress for the Coronation, despite others being informed ahead of time.
The royal insider added: “Andrew is furious. He’s already not playing a part and now he feels he is being disrespected and dictated to over something he is fully entitled to (wear).”
In a poll that ran from midday on Wednesday, March 8, to midday on Tuesday, March 14, Express.co.uk asked readers: “Should Prince Andrew be banned from wearing ceremonial robes at Coronation?”
A total of 3,871 readers responded with the vast majority, 71 percent (2,741 people), answering “yes” Andrew should be banned from wearing his ceremonial robes.
In contrast, 28 percent (1,084 people) said “no” he should be allowed to wear them, while one percent (46 people) said they did not know either way.
Dozens of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers debated what Andrew should wear to the Coronation.
Many readers commented that Andrew should not be allowed to wear his ceremonial robes for the occasion, with username gay writing: “Yes he should be banned.”
Username ChwaraeTeg said: “He’s not a working royal, and he should know that perfectly well.”
And username Floerpot wrote: “He doesn’t deserve to wear the ceremonial uniform.”
Meanwhile, username snowleopard suggested that the decision should be made “depend[ing] [on] what his role is.”
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Other readers thought Andrew should be permitted to wear his ceremonial robes, like username peterbraithewaite, who wrote: “He should not be banned…he is Knight of the Garter and the King’s brother.”
Similarly, username Tgs5995 said: “No, he should not be banned. He’s still the King’s brother.”
Another, username Mday said: “This is getting beyond ridiculous. He is still a Knight of the Garter. He cannot wear a military uniform but either ‘de-knight’ him or let him remain. If he remains he is entitled to the robes should he wish to wear them.”
And username kauf added: “He has a right to wear the robes, no reason to take them off him.”
Andrew stepped back from public life in November 2019 after his Newsnight interview revealed his involvement with Jeffrey Epstein. He was then stripped of his HRH status, honourary military roles and royal patronages.
Last year, Andrew settled sexual civil assault claims brought against him by Virginia Giuffre with an out-of-court financial settlement. Andrew has always vehemently denied the claims, and his lawyers say his settlement is not an admission of guilt.
The case led to Andrew being blocked from appearing alongside the Royal Family at the traditional Garter Day procession in Windsor in June.
As a non-working royal, Andrew was banned from wearing his military uniform at Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral last September.
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