Sarah, Duchess of York

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Sarah, Duchess of York in 2008

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.[1][2] 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.[3]

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

Early life[change | edit source]

Sarah Margaret Ferguson was born in London. She was the second daughter of Ronald Ferguson[4] and his first wife, Susan Barrantes.[5]

She went to Daneshill School, in Stratfield Turgis. She then went to Hurst Lodge School, in Ascot.[6] After finishing a course at Queen's Secretarial College at the age of eighteen,[7] Sarah went to work in a public relations firm in London. Later she worked for an art gallery, and then a publishing company.

Titles[change | edit 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 | edit source]

  1. "The Royal Family". royal.gov.uk. http://www.royal.gov.uk/pdf/Coats%20of%20arms/ANNEX%20C%20-%20Royal%20Family%20Aug11.pdf. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  2. "Use of the Royal Arms". royal.gov.uk. http://www.royal.gov.uk/MonarchUK/Symbols/UseroftheRoyalArms.aspx. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  3. [1] Retrieved 6 August 2012. Source - Best Nicknames
  4. "at". Theroyalist.net. http://www.theroyalist.net/content/view/927/1/. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  5. "UK, Major Ronald Ferguson dies". BBC News. 17 March 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2857115.stm. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  6. 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."
  7. Home. "Latest news and profile of Sarah Ferguson". Hello!. http://www.hellomagazine.com/profiles/sarahferguson/. Retrieved 6 August 2012.

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