The Queen has omitted Prince Andrew’s HRH title from her birthday message published on the official social media accounts.
The post published by the accounts read: “On this day in 1960, Prince Andrew was born at Buckingham Palace, the first child born to a reigning monarch for 103 years.
“Happy Birthday to The Duke of York.”
In previous birthdays the Duke of York received the HRH title for his 58th and 59th.
Last year, the account published on Instagram, “Happy Birthday to the HRH The Duke of York!
“The Duke of York splits his time between supporting The Queen and attending his own engagements in the UK and overseas – many of which help promote the work of the 200+ charities and organisations of which he is Patron.
“HRH founded Pitch@Palace in 2014 to accelerate the work of Entrepreneurs.
A Palace spokeswoman said, “The tweet follows our house style and as was confirmed in November last year, The Duke has stepped back from his public duties and patronages for the foreseeable future and remains a member of the Royal Family.”
However, despite the palace statement, on 20 January this year the Queen said, “Happy Birthday to HRH The Countess of Wessex!
“The Countess has a range of interests including supporting the prevention of blindness and championing women’s role in peacebuilding.”