Royal Patron, The Duke of York

The Duke of York has accepted an honorary role as Patron of the Studio Schools Trust. His Royal Highness has a long-standing interest in young people acquiring the employability and enterprise skills necessary to succeed in the labour market, and views Studio Schools as an important development in this field. 

The Duke of York was born on 19th February 1960 at Buckingham Palace, the second son and the third child of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. He was the first child to be born to a reigning monarch for 103 years. 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.

After serving for 22 years in the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot, The Duke of York became the UK's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment.

The Duke of York is Patron of, or associated with, more than 100 diverse organizations around the world. Many are connected to his profession as a pilot and career in the Royal Navy and in recent years the Duke has widened his range of interests, reflecting his concern for young people and for the promotion of the United Kingdom.