Princes Andrew and Harry will be denied the Queen’s Platinum Anniversary Medal

Prince Andrew and Prince Harry - Charlie Crowhurst / Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Prince Andrew and Prince Harry – Charlie Crowhurst / Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

The Dukes of York and Sussex will not be awarded anniversary medals like other members of the armed forces, it has emerged.

After losing their honorary titles, the couple will no longer be eligible The Queen’s Platinum Anniversary medal, which will be awarded on 6 Feb.

To mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, the commemorative medal will be awarded to officers of the Armed Forces, police, fire, emergency services and the prison service.

Members of the royal family who hold honorary positions in the military are also eligible.

The only veterans who will receive the medal are living recipients of George Cross or Victoria Cross.

This means that Princes Harry and Andrew will be treated like all other veterans and will not receive the award.

Last week was the Duke of York deprived of his military affiliation and royal patronage in the midst of his ongoing trial with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has accused him of sexual assault. The Duke rejects the allegations.

The Duke resigned from public duties in November 2019 due to his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted pedophile.

In a statement last week, Buckingham Palace said: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue to assume no public duty and will defend this case as a private citizen. “

Duke honorary military titles were Honorary Air Commodore from RAF Lossiemouth; Colonel-in-chief for Royal Irish Regiment; chief colonel of the small arms school corps; Commodore-in-chief for Fleet Air Arm; Royal Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers; Deputy Colonel-in-Chief for Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths’ Own); and Royal Colonel in the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The Duke of Sussex gave up his three honorary titles – Captain General of the Royal Marines; Honorary Air Commander of RAF Honington; and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command – following his decision to step down from his role as a acting royal and move to the United States by 2020.

The Duke of Sussex is seeking a judicial review of his security arrangements in the UK, believing he and his family deserve increased police protection as “others who have left public office”.

They include public figures like Sir Tony Blair who are receiving police protection as a result of his previous role as Prime Minister and are believed to have paid something for the costs.

The Duke’s team claims that Britain is more dangerous to the Sussexes than the United States because of the controversy surrounding their departure from the working royal family and “fixed persons”.

They believe the Home Office has not taken proper account of the threats against them and the impact on Britain’s reputation if he, the Duchess or their children are harmed while visiting the UK.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal - Joe Giddens / PA Wire

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal – Joe Giddens / PA Wire

The Platinum Jubilee Medal, which serves as a token of the nation’s thanks, follows a long history of awarding medals to mark royal anniversaries, with the first being awarded to mark the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1887.

Designed by Timothy Noad of the College of Arms, the nickel-silver medal has on one side the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the Queen and the Latin inscription “Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fid Def”, which can be translated as “Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, queen , the defender of faith ”.

The back carries the image of the Royal Coat of Arms and the years of the Queen’s Platinum Anniversary – 1952-2022.

It is the fourth anniversary medal created for the Queen and the seventh official prize awarded by a monarch.

Previous medals were officially awarded to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, where around 450,000 medals were awarded.

The Telegraph understands that, like previous anniversaries, it is likely that non-working members of the royal family who do not hold honorary military positions will receive the medal as a gift.

These medals are privately funded and are memorial only, meaning they cannot be worn in public, for example at Remembrance Day events, where all military veterans can wear the medals they were awarded during their service.

When the Queen marks the 70th anniversary of her reign on February 6, it will be the first time a British monarch has ever reached such a milestone.

The Queen is expected to mark the date privately as it is also the anniversary of her father, King George VI.

The Platinum Anniversary will be celebrated by lighting beacons, a Thanksgiving service, a concert, Platinum competition and nationwide street parties.

A four-day holiday between 2-5 June will include the Trooping the Color on Horse Guards Parade in London.

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