As the prince faces life on the sidelines, Prince Andrew will lose out on a birthday tradition.
From now on, Prince Andrew will be missing out on a royal birthday tradition.
The bells of Westminster Abbey are customarily rung on the birthdays of senior members of the Royal Family. The church, on the other hand, is reducing the number of royals to whom it pays tribute.
The move was attributed to financial strains brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.
Only the Queen’s and Prince Charles’ birthdays will be commemorated by bell ringing from now on.
The Duke of York will be one of the Royal Family members who will skip the homage.
After Andrew stepped down from royal duties in November 2019 following his disastrous Newsnight appearance about his acquaintance with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, there was debate over whether the custom would continue for his birthday.
The celebration will take place on the Duke’s birthday, February 19, 2020.
Covid meant that on Andrew’s birthday in 2021, all bells were silenced.
According to Newsweek, there have been discussions about reducing down the birthday list in the wake of the Duke’s outrage.
“The Abbey bells can be heard ringing out before services and in commemoration of church festivals,” a Westminster Abbey spokesperson stated.
“Traditionally, the bells have been rung to commemorate the birthdays of prominent members of the Royal Family.
“The bells will henceforth sound only for the birthdays of HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales, due to the financial challenges posed by the COVID-19 epidemic, and in consultation with Buckingham Palace.”
For Andrew’s birthday in 2020, it was stated that government buildings will no longer be obligated to fly the Union flag.
“Following the Duke of York’s decision to stand back from public duties for the foreseeable future, there is no longer a necessity for UK Government buildings to fly the Union flag on Wednesday February 19,” a spokesman for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) stated.
The Royal Family has close ties to Westminster Abbey.
Since 1066, it has been the site of every coronation.
The chapel has also hosted 16 royal weddings, including the Queen’s and Prince William and Kate’s.
The funeral for Princess Diana was also held at Westminster Abbey.
Since stepping down from public activities following his automobile accident TV interview, Andrew has kept a low profile.