The Dukes of the Peerage of the United Kingdom

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The Duke of York

The title Duke of York is a title of nobility in the British peerage. Since the 15th century, it has, when granted, been usually given to the second son of the British monarch. Since the second creation (1474), none of the holders of the title have ever transmitted it: they either died without male heirs or became King themselves.

Current Duke of York 

The current Duke of York is The Prince Andrew, second son of Queen Elizabeth II.

Named Andrew Albert Christian Edward, he was known as Prince Andrew until his marriage, when he was created The Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh.

The Duke of York currently works as the UK's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment. For more information on this role, please see http://www.thedukeofyork.org/output/Page5766.asp

 He also carries out Royal duties in support of The Queen and works for a large number of charities and other organisations.

Andrew has currently no male heirs; thus, the most likely candidate for the next creation is Prince Harry of Wales, being the second son of Charles, Prince of Wales.

Cursed Title?

The Eighth creation of the Duke of York title, in 1986, was for Prince Andrew. Aside from the First creation, every time the Dukedom of York has been created it has had only one occupant, that person either inheriting the throne or dying without male heirs. This has fuelled the rumour that there is a curse on the title.

Duke of York’s Theatre

The Duke of York’s Theatre is located in the on St Martin’s Lane in the West End of London. It opened its doors on 10 September 1892 as the Trafalgar Theatre.

The Theatre later became known as the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1894 to honour the future King George V. The theatre has been host to many well known west end production. Puccini saw David Belasco’s Madame Butterfly at the theatre which inspired him to turn it into the famous opera of the same name.

The Duke of York’s theatre first introduced Peter Pan to the world with a production by J. M. Barrie on 27th December 1904.

The Duke of York lost ownership of the theatre in the 1970s when it was purchased by Capital Radio and later became part of the Ambassador Theatre Group in 1992. A host of successes followed, including Ariel Dorfman’s Death of a Maiden and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show.

HMS Duke of York

Two ships of the Royal Navy have adorned the name HMS Duke of York. The first HMS Duke of York was a 4-gun cutter purchased in 1763. The ship held the title for 13 years until it was sold in 1776. The second HMS Duke of York was a King George V class battleship launched in 1940, and broken up in 1958.

External Links

Theatre - http://www.theambassadors.com/dukeofyorks/info/index.html
Duke of York website - http://www.thedukeofyork.org/output/Page5766.asp
HMS Duke of York - http://www.geocities.com/hmsdukeofyork/start.htm