Queen strips Prince Andrew of honorary military roles Jan 14, 2022 0 0 12345 dpa LondonBritain’s Queen Elizabeth has agreed to strip the Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, of his honorary military roles and royal patronages, Buckingham Palace has announced.The move is a major blow to Andrew who is facing a looming civil sexual assault court showdown after a judge ruled on Wednesday that the case could go ahead.The Palace said in a statement: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.” It comes after more than 150 veterans joined forces to express their outrage, writing to the Queen to demand Andrew was removed from the honorary military positions.Accusing the duke of bringing the services he is associated with into disrepute, the 152 former members of the Royal Navy, RAF and Army said that “were this any other senior military officer it is inconceivable that he would still be in post.” The Queen is head of the armed forces, and honorary military appointments are in her gift.The Palace said previously that the duke’s military appointments were in abeyance after he stepped down from public duties in 2019.But until now he still retained the roles, which left the eight British regiments, including the Grenadier Guards of which he was Colonel, in limbo more than two years on.Virginia Giuffre is suing the duke in the US for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.She claims she was trafficked by Epstein to have sex with Andrew when she was aged 17 and a minor under US law.The duke has strenuously denied the allegations. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Saudi could give Malaysia extra 10,000 Hajj spots, says PM Yassin Jan 14, 2022 0 0 France demands release of French academic in Iranian jail Jan 14, 2022 0 0 Russian-led forces begin departure as stability returns to Kazakhstan Jan 14, 2022 0 0 1960s music icon Ronnie Spector dies at 78 dpa Los Angeles Ronnie Spector, whose towering voice propelled indelible early 1960s hit records including “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain,” died Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer. She .. OSCE gives warning of war but no solutions in stand-off with Russia dpa Vienna Diplomats warned of a possible military escalation between European nations and Russia on Thursday, but offered no solutions in the face of searing tensions. They were speaking at a meeting of the .. Iran, Venezuela lose voting rights at UN General Assembly dpa New York Iran and Venezuela have temporarily lost their voting rights at the UN General Assembly because of payment arrears. In a letter published Wednesday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the minimum .. Germany hopes faster vaccine drive will lessen record Omicron wave Berlin: The vaccination rate appears to be picking up in Germany, as the government tries to meet its target of having 80 per cent of the population double-vaccinated by the end of the month. Some 780,000 doses of .. Nigeria to lift Twitter ban after more than half a year dpa Lagos Twitter is to become accessible again in Nigeria after the government said on Wednesday it would lift a ban on the microblogging website in place for seven months. After talks with the US company, it was agreed .. Hundreds of schools evacuated in Russia due to wave of bomb threats Moscow: Russian schools received a barrage of anonymous bomb threats on Thursday, with more than 100 schools evacuated in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk alone, the Echo of Moscow radio station reported. In other ..