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WOO's B13 on hold,,

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<<...The Duke of York has “deferred” a Royal Navy promotion to the rank of Admiral as the Jeffrey Epstein scandal continues to engulf him. The Duke, who turns 60 on February 19, had expected to be promoted by the Queen on his birthday.

Such a move would have followed a long-standing convention covering military promotions for royals. In 2015, when the Duke turned 55 he was promoted to vice Admiral in recognition of the “vast amount of work” he had undertaken for the service over the years, while in 2010, he was made a rear admiral.

But in the wake of his disastrous Newsnight interview in November about his friendship with Epstein, the Duke was forced to step back from royal duties as charities deserted him. He was allowed to keep his military titles, and Buckingham Palace said that as a royal colonel and military veteran he will continue to attend Remembrance Day and Trooping the Colour.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman told The Express: “By convention, the Duke of York would be in line for military promotion on his 60th birthday.

“Following the decision by His Royal Highness to step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, the Duke of York has asked the Ministry of Defence if this promotion might be deferred until such time that His Royal Highness returns to public duty.”

It was claimed that should the Duke clear his name, the promotion could be reinstated in the future.

The Duke joined the Navy in 1979 as a Seaman Officer. He was made a commander in 1999 and ended his active naval career in 2001 as an officer of the Diplomatic Directorate of the Naval Staff at the Ministry of Defence.

The Navy established a policy in 2009 that allowed the Duke promoted in line with his peers who are still serving....>>


 
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