What are the role and responsibilities of The Duke of York?
The Duke works to assist the economic success of, and the creation of skilled jobs in, the United Kingdom. HRH concentrates his efforts on three core areas where he believes he can have the largest impact: education and skills, science and engineering, and SMEs and entrepreneurship.
The Duke also supports many charitable and not-for-profit organisations described in the Patronages section of this website. This work can include visiting schools, colleges, businesses, and other organisations; meeting relevant individuals and groups; convening discussions and receptions; attending conferences; and giving speeches.
Part of the work of The Duke of York, as a member of the Royal Family, is to support Her Majesty The Queen by representing Her Majesty in the UK and abroad, receiving heads of state and government, and attending state and ceremonial occasions
How many engagements does The Duke of York undertake every day?
All engagements are listed in the Court Circular. The number of engagements varies significantly according to the type and location but can range from 1 to 8 per day. In 2013 HRH undertook 473 (2012: 582) engagements across the year. The Duke also holds regular meetings to plan his programme. For more information on past visits, please see facts and figures.
How is The Duke of York’s travel within the UK paid for?
As with all Members of the Royal Family, The Duke’s travel on UK visits is organised by the Royal Travel Office and funded by the Sovereign Grant. For further information on the Sovereign Grant please see www.royal.gov.uk.
Does The Duke of York receive a salary?
No. The Duke does receive a Royal Navy pension commensurate with his rank upon retirement from Active Service.
Does The Duke of York pay tax?
Yes. HRH pays UK taxes.
Does The Duke of York receive funding from The Civil List?
The Civil List was replaced with the Sovereign Grant from Financial Year 2012-13. HRH did not receive Civil List funding.
Does The Duke of York receive funding from a Parliamentary Annuity?
No. The Duke does not receive any Parliamentary funding.
Following the introduction of the Sovereign Grant parliamentary annuities ceased. HRH’s office and the expenses incurred from carrying out official duties continue to be paid by The Queen from Her Majesty’s private income. For further information on the Sovereign Grant please see www.royal.gov.uk.