Sarah, Duchess of York

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Sarah
Duchess of York (more)
Sarah Ferguson in Leeds 2008.jpg
Sarah in 2008
BornSarah Margaret Ferguson
(1959-10-15) 15 October 1959 (age 61)
London Welbeck Hospital, London, England[1]
Spouse
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
(m. 1986; div. 1996)
Issue
HouseWindsor (by marriage)
FatherRonald Ferguson
MotherSusan Wright
Occupation
  • Author
  • spokesperson
  • film producer
  • television personality
Education
Signature
Signature of Sarah, Duchess of York.png

Sarah, Duchess of York (Sarah Margaret; formerly Ferguson; born 15 October 1959) is a British charity patron, spokesperson, writer, film producer, television personality and member of the British Royal Family.[2][3] She was the wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York. She was married to him from 1986 until they divorced in 1996. She is often called "Fergie", a usual nickname for people named Ferguson.[4]

She has two children from her marriage, Beatrice and Eugenie. They are currently eighth and ninth in the line of succession to the thrones of 16 independent Commonwealth realms.

Early life[change | change source]

Sarah Margaret Ferguson was born at London Welbeck Hospital in London. She was the second daughter of Ronald Ferguson[5] and his first wife, Susan Barrantes.[6]

She went to Daneshill School, in Stratfield Turgis. She then went to Hurst Lodge School, in Ascot.[7] After finishing a course at Queen's Secretarial College at the age of eighteen,[8] Sarah went to work in a public relations firm in London. Later she worked for an art gallery, and then a publishing company.

She was married to Prince Andrew, Duke of York in 1986 to 1996, They have two daughters is Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York in their marriage.

Titles[change | change source]

  • 1959-1986: Miss Sarah Margaret Ferguson
  • 1986-1996: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York
  • 1996: Her Royal Highness Sarah, Duchess of York
  • 1996-present: Sarah, Duchess of York

Sarah's full title, after divorce, is Sarah Mountbatten-Windsor, Duchess of York, Countess of Inverness, Baroness Killyleagh. Legally, she is still entitled to use her previous royal courtesy titles as long as she remains unmarried.

References[change | change source]

  1. Weir, Alison (1996). Britain's Royal Families: A Complete Genealogy (Revised ed.). London: Pimlico. p. 333. ISBN 978-0-7126-7448-5.
  2. "The Royal Family" (PDF). royal.gov.uk. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  3. "Use of the Royal Arms". royal.gov.uk. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  4. [1][permanent dead link] Retrieved 6 August 2012. Source - Best Nicknames
  5. "at". Theroyalist.net. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  6. "UK, Major Ronald Ferguson dies". BBC News. 17 March 2003. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  7. David Banks, Sarah Ferguson, the royal redhead (Dillon Press, 1987), p. 14: "From Daneshill School, she went to a private girls' boarding school called Hurst Lodge."
  8. Home. "Latest news and profile of Sarah Ferguson". Hello!. Retrieved 6 August 2012.

Other websites[change | change source]

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