Sarah, York
Ex-wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Sarah, York
Sarah, Duchess of York is a British charity patron, spokesperson, writer, film producer, television personality and former member of the British Royal Family. She was married to Prince Andrew, Duke of York, from 1986 until their divorce in 1996. She is often popularly referred to as "Fergie", a common nickname for people named Ferguson.
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Malala Yousufzai Impresses Queen Elizabeth
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Queen described the campaigning work of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, as "wonderful" when the pair met at Buckingham Palace. Malala, 16, was shot in the head in Pakistan last October after campaigning for the right of girls to go to school without fear, in a part of the country where Islamic fundamentalists were trying to impose a strict form of Sharia. Surgeons who treated her said she came within inches of death when the bullet grazed her brain in the school bus attack. The schoolgirl, who was treated in Birmingham after the attack and now lives in the city, was a guest at a reception for commonwealth, youth and education hosted by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, and was selected as one of a handful of people to be presented to the royals. She gave the Queen a copy of her book, I Am Malala, which the monarch accepted, adding: "That's very kind of you. Thank you very much indeed." Malala told the Queen she was ...
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Beatrice, Eugenie & Sarah Ferguson Attend Novak Djokovic Foundation Gala (PHOTOS)
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Wimbledon fever was still running strong in London last night for the Novak Djokovic Foundation inaugural gala dinner. Naturally, Buckingham Palace's social butterflies, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, wouldn't miss it for the world. The two young royals joined their mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, for the event, both donning black dresses for the formal occasion (Mum went with blue velvet). While Eugenie's simple gown was not exactly our cup of tea, we couldn't help but notice how grown up the 23-year-old's been looking lately. She's even surprised us with blunt bangs (see her usual side-swept look at last month's Epsom Derby). More...
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Cressida Bonas, Prince Harry Spotted Cozying Up On The Ski Slopes
Huffington Post - about 4 years
It's true! Or at least the photos would suggest it is. Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas, the Cara Delevingne lookalike whom Harry was linked to last July, appear to be an item. Paparazzi spotted the pair skiing in Verbier, Switzerland, on Wednesday and snapped several photos now circulating around the British press. In one photo, Cressida is seen carrying ski equipment with Harry's aunt Fergie (aka Sarah, Duchess of York). In another, Harry and his gal pal are all bundled up with their faces shielded, caught in the cute sort of embrace we've always pictured Harry doing to us. Le sigh. The Telegraph calls Cressida the prince's "girlfriend" (yes, the big g-word!) and reports that the pair have actually "gone to great lengths to avoid being photographed" for some time now. They were first linked in July at the London premiere of "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises," where Bonas was reportedly Harry's date. So is this for real? Is Prince Harry officially off the market? Ind ...
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UK papers warned over Prince Harry nude photos
Capital FM - over 4 years
Prince Harry (Right) is known for his playboy reputation/AFP-File LONDON, Aug 23 – The British royal family on Wednesday warned the country’s newspapers not to publish nude photographs of Prince Harry cavorting with friends on holiday in Las Vegas. The photographs, published in the United States by celebrity news website TMZ.com, showed the third-in-line to the throne naked in a hotel suite. In one of the two photographs, the 27-year-old is pictured, apparently wearing only a watch and a necklace, covering his genitals with his hands while another person, who also appears to be nude, stands close behind him. In the other, he is bent over bear-hugging a second person, who also appears to be naked. It is not clear if the person is a man or a woman. Clarence House confirmed to AFP on Wednesday that the images were genuine. “At this time we don’t have a comment,” a spokesman told AFP, adding: “We may do later.” It is rare for Clarence House to confirm the validity of such image ...
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Watertown Special Education Group Handing Out Awards
Watertown Patch - almost 5 years
The Watertown Special Education Parents Advisory Council will honor people who have made a different in the lives of special education students in the Watertown Public Schools. The eighth annual Watertown SEPAC Awards Ceremony will be held May 2 at 6 p.m. This year's recipients are: Juliana Duff (Church of The Good Shepherd), Lindsay Jacobson (Lowell School), Angela Matthews (Lowell School)), Lynda Pagliarulo (Hosmer School), Greg Roberts (Lowell School), and Sarah York (Hosmer School). Doors open at 6 p.m. The awards presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker Sarah Ward will speak from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Executive Function Disorder. Learn practical strategies for teaching your child to manage his/her tasks, time, space, and materials (while keeping emotions in check).  SEPAC regrets to say that child care will not be available. CART and ASL interpreter services will be available. 
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Hot Time Shared By All At 123rd Fair - Fredericksburg Standard
Google News - over 5 years
Other winners in that event were First Duchess Erin Ottmers, daughter of Michael and Gloria Ottmers; Second Duchess Kendall Cooper, daughter of Kenny and Andrea Bode; Third Duchess Amy Fleury, daughter of Mary Ann Fleury, and Fourth Duchess Sarah Fikes
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Celebrity Circuit Croatian heiress' $5M wedding takes the cake 8 of 9 - CBS News
Google News - over 5 years
Also invited was their mother, Duchess Sarah Ferguson, who was snubbed at the royal wedding in April. Another pair of famous sisters, Paris and Nicky Hilton, also attended. According to E! Online, the multi-day affair also included a caviar and Cristal
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Sarah Ferguson Becomes Furious With Australian Interviewer and Walks Out - Wakey Wakey News
Google News - over 5 years
Duchess Sarah Ferguson had attempted to sell information about her ex-husband and was caught in a sting by a reporter with the now-defunct News of the World tabloid. Sarah has repeatedly talked about her actions and her reasons for trying to sell
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OFFBEAT: Hospice of the Calumet Area 30th Anniversary Gala includes names and ... - nwitimes.com
Google News - over 5 years
Princess Beatrice of York (daughter of Prince Andrew and Duchess Sarah Ferguson) is 23. Hospice of the Calumet Area has spent decades honoring the lives of others. But on Saturday, it was time for the history and efforts of this wonderful organization,
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DUCHESS SARAH FERGUSON LINED UP TO STAR IN BIG BROTHER - Daily Star
Google News - over 5 years
Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, is the latest A-list celeb being lined up for the Channel 5 reality show. Station bosses are determined to make this year's Big Brother series the best yet by booking some of the biggest names in
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Kate Recycles Her Green DVF Dress for Zara Phillips's Yacht Party - People Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Also in attendance: Prince Harry, the princes' cousins (and daughters of Duchess Sarah Ferguson) Princess Eugenie in red and Beatrice in purple. Also spotted: Kate's mother, Carole Middleton. After the wedding ceremony at Canongate Kirk,
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Kate Middleton Wedding Dress Exhibit Has Me Weepy - The Stir
Google News - over 5 years
Not only will the Duchess' Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown be on display, but her size 6.5 Alexander McQueen shoes, and the Cartier tiara the Queen lent her will be there as well. Same with a silk version of her bouquet
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Let's hear what the duchess has to say - TheChronicleHerald.ca
Google News - over 5 years
And then there's the other duchess, Sarah, who was caught in a "fake sheikh" sting last year when she promised access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew to a News of the World journalist posing as a businessman. That newspaper is gone now,
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Philip Treacy defends Princess Beatrice's wild Royal Wedding hat - TheCelebrityCafe.com
Google News - over 5 years
Whatever the critics thought about the hat must not have mattered, because it recently sold on eBay to an anonymous bidder for $130000, reports People. The money went to UNICEF and Children in Crisis, both started by her mother, Duchess Sarah Ferguson
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'Great to be north of 60,' prince tells Yellowknife - CTV.ca
Google News - over 5 years
Her son Charles, William's father, visited in 1979, and Charles' brother Andrew came with Duchess Sarah Ferguson in 1987. Prince Andrew is reportedly returning to the area later this summer on a personal vacation. William and Catherine's arrival in the
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Duchess Sarah Ferguson's royal redemption - USA Weekend
Google News - over 5 years
Finally, we're over weeklong casual Fridays! Spring's three-piece suits and sleeveless sweaters...- 8:52 pm Reinventing herself yet again, "finds" herself on reality TV. Sarah Ferguson gets tough love from Oprah gurus Dr. Phil and Suze Orman as she
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Hey, Watch It! - This Week's TV Picks - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The Duchess Sarah Ferguson attempts to get her life in order via the helping hands of Oprah Winfrey, her new network, and her stable of self-help gurus, including Dr. Phil and Suze Orman. Oh, how I weep for the future of Fergie
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sarah, Duchess of York
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 55
    In 2015, the Duchess revealed her special connection with India & polo when she attended as a chief guest of HVR BARODA CUP in New Delhi, India under the invitation of Harshavardhan Reddy chairman of HVR SPORTS.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2004, Sarah hosted an eleven-minute production featurette on Universal's DVD Peter Pan, titled The Legacy of Pan. Five months later, Walt Disney Feature Animation released a special DVD The Cat That Looked at a King, with Sarah's voice in the role of the Queen; the story is derived from the Mary Poppins books by P. L. Travers. Sarah had a producing role (credited as "Sarah Ferguson") in the 2009 Jean-Marc Vallée film The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt and featured a background player role for Sarah's daughter Princess Beatrice.
    In 2015, the Duchess assumed residence in Verbier, Switzerland, where she and the Duke of York own a chalet.
    More Details Hide Details She also maintains a rented apartment in Eaton Square in London and a room at Royal Lodge. In April 2016, Sarah was named in the Panama Papers. In May 2010, Sarah was filmed by News of the World offering access to Prince Andrew for £500,000 by Mazher Mahmood, an undercover reporter posing as an Indian businessman. On the video made as a documentary source for the story, which is publicly available, Sarah is heard to say that "£500,000 when you can, to me, open doors". She is seen taking away a briefcase containing US$40,000 in cash. Exposure surrounding the incident increased Sarah's public profile and notoriety. Sterling Publishers substantially increased the print run of Ashley Learns About Strangers, the Duchess's latest book for children; however, the notoriety did not translate into additional book sales. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Sarah explained her behaviour by saying that she had been drinking prior to soliciting the cash, and was "in the gutter at that moment".
  • 2014
    Age 54
    In 2014, the Duchess was appointed an ambassador for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.
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  • 2013
    Age 53
    In 2013, the Duchess, along with her former husband, the Duke of York and their daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, founded Key To Freedom, a business structure for women in vulnerable situations in India who can sell their wares through the British retailer Topshop.
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  • 2012
    Age 52
    On 5 May 2012, the trial began into the charges brought by the Ankara State Prosecutor's office.
    More Details Hide Details Cansu Sahin, representing Ferguson, who was not present, told the Ankara court that her client has apologised and would like to plea bargain with the prosecution. Since her marriage to Prince Andrew, and continuing after the divorce, Sarah has been involved with a number of charities. In 1990, the Duchess became patron of The Teenage Cancer Trust. Sarah has since opened most of the charity's various units, including those at Middlesex Hospital, University College London, St James’s University Hospital, Cardiff University Hospital and Royal Marsden Hospital
  • 2011
    Age 51
    In 2011, the Duchess became the global ambassador for Not For Sale, a charity focused on human slavery.
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    In March 2011, it was reported that Jeffrey Epstein had helped the Duchess avoid bankruptcy by paying off some of her debts.
    More Details Hide Details The payments were reportedly made after intervention from the Duke of York. In the summer of 2011, Finding Sarah aired on the OWN network. One episode of the U.S.-filmed reality series depicted Sarah meeting with Suze Orman, the internationally-known financial advisor, receiving from Orman a strict lecture and practical advice on how to resolve her financial issues. On 13 January 2012, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Turkey issued an international arrest warrant for the Duchess. She had travelled to Turkey in 2008, and covertly filmed a Turkish State Orphanage. The Turkish authorities alleged that the Duchess made a false declaration when entering the country (in relation to her motives for visiting Turkey), trespassed into a Turkish Government institution and also invaded the privacy of children. These charges carry sentences of up to 22 years imprisonment. Turkey and Britain have an extradition treaty; however, Home Office officials have stated, "Under UK extradition law a judge must order the discharge of extradition request if it is not an offence under UK law and in the country requesting extradition. In this case there is no offence in UK law so there will be no extradition".
    As a result of the "Cash for access" scandal, Sarah was not invited to the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    It was reported in August 2010, that the Duchess might declare voluntary bankruptcy with debts of £5 million, though other sources have suggested she owes about £2 million.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    She stayed for ten days in Northern Moor, a suburb area in Wythenshawe, Manchester, England, and the result was The Duchess on the Estate, transmitted on ITV1 on 18 August 2009.
    More Details Hide Details A previous, similar television venture, The Duchess in Hull, in which Sarah advised lower-income families on diet and behaviour received similar criticism. In August 2013, Sarah was invited to stay at Balmoral Castle with Andrew and their daughters as guests of the Queen, and in September 2013, in response to a question about the possibility of remarrying Andrew, Sarah said "He’s still my handsome prince, he’ll always be my handsome prince."
    In 2009, Sarah participated in a much-criticized ITV "experiment" in which she joined families in a council estate to advise them on proper living.
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  • 2007
    Age 47
    In 2007, the Duchess rented the neighbouring Dolphin House; a fire at Dolphin House in 2008 caused her to vacate the premises and move into Royal Lodge with her former husband.
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  • 2002
    Age 42
    That year, the Duke moved to the refurbished Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, previously the home of his grandmother, who resided there until her death in 2002.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 36
    Upon marriage, Sarah became Her Royal Highness The Princess Andrew, Duchess of York, Countess of Inverness, Baroness Killyleagh. Immediately after her divorce she retained the style Her Royal Highness; however on 21 August 1996, letters patent were issued which removed the style from divorced former wives of princes.
    More Details Hide Details She remained titled Sarah, Duchess of York in keeping with the standard form of address for former wives of peers. See also List of honours of the British Royal Family by country Academic Source: Sarah once described her family as "country gentry with a bit of old money". She is descended from both the Stuart and Tudor houses. On her father's side, Sarah is a descendant of King Charles II of England via two of his illegitimate sons, Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond, and James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth. By her paternal great-great-grandfather Henry Brand, 2nd Viscount Hampden and her maternal great-grandfather Mervyn Wingfield, 8th Viscount Powerscourt, Sarah also descends from Lady Anne Palmer. Lady Anne was the eldest child of Royal mistress Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland; she was acknowledged by King Charles II and adopted the surname Fitzroy.
    However, in accordance with letters patent issued in August 1996 regulating post-divorce royal titles, Sarah ceased being a Royal Highness, as she was no longer married to the Duke of York.
    More Details Hide Details Her current name, thus, is Sarah, Duchess of York. Should she marry again, Sarah would lose the use of the style of "Duchess of York". Since the divorce, Sarah still attends some functions with her daughters, such as the investiture of the Duke of York into the Royal Victorian Order, on which occasions she is afforded the courtesy of treatment as a member of the Royal Family. The Lord Chamberlain's Diamond Jubilee Guidelines mention the Duchess specifically as being a member of the Royal Family in her own right.
    By her divorce on 30 May 1996, she retained the style Her Royal Highness with the style of other divorced peeresses, eliminating the preface "The" before "Duchess of York".
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    After four years of official separation, the Duke and Duchess announced the mutual decision to divorce in May 1996.
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  • 1995
    Age 35
    After her divorce, the British tabloids became critical of Sarah's lifestyle. It was alleged that she lost 250,000 euros worth of jewels in 1995, while travelling with her dresser Jane Andrews, who was suspected of stealing them.
    More Details Hide Details The Duchess' commercial interests have included an eleven-year endorsement with Weight Watchers, product development and promotion with Wedgwood and Avon. Until 2004, the Duke of York and his former wife shared the family's home, Sunninghill Park in Berkshire.
  • 1993
    Age 33
    In 1993, the Duchess founded Children in Crisis a children’s charity focused on education and grant making to international programmes.
    More Details Hide Details The Duchess serves as Founder and Life President. In 2003, the Duchess joined The American Cancer Society at a congressional briefing. Sarah, Duchess of York, was a founding supporter of the American Cancer Society's Great American Weigh In, an annual campaign (modelled after the Society's Great American Smoke Out) aimed at raising awareness of the link between excess weight and cancer. In 2006, the Duchess established The Sarah Ferguson Foundation based in Toronto, which derives funds from Sarah's commercial work and private donations with the aim of supporting charities internationally that serve children and families in dire need. Included under this umbrella organisation is her patronage of several British charities, including Mental Disability Rights International, the Teenage Cancer Trust, Tommy's, and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. In 2008, the Duchess became patron of Humanitas, a charity focused on providing children with education, healthcare and family support In 2010, the Duchess became a supporter of The Mullany Fund, whose aim is to support British students wishing to study medicine or physiotherapy.
  • 1992
    Age 32
    In August 1992, surreptitiously taken photographs of the Duchess sunbathing topless with John Bryan, an American financial manager, were published in the British tabloid Daily Mirror.
    More Details Hide Details The Duchess endured widespread public ridicule contributing to her further estrangement from the British Royal Family.
  • 1991
    Age 31
    By 1991, the marriage was in trouble, and the couple had drifted apart.
    More Details Hide Details While her husband was away on naval or royal duties, the Duchess was frequently seen in the company of other men, notably Texan multimillionaire Steve Wyatt. The Duke and Duchess of York finally announced their separation on 19 March 1993.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 26
    After securing the Queen's permission (which was required by a British law, the Royal Marriages Act 1772, for children of the monarch), Andrew and Sarah were married in Westminster Abbey on 23 July 1986. The Queen bestowed the title Duke of York upon Prince Andrew, and as his new wife Sarah automatically assumed her husband's royal and ducal status and became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York. The couple became parents on 8 August 1988, with the birth of their daughter, Beatrice.
    More Details Hide Details Their second child, another daughter, Eugenie, was born on 23 March 1990. During her marriage, the tabloid press ridiculed the Duchess after her weight climbed to (220 lbs) labelling her unflatteringly as the "Duchess of Pork".
    On 17 March 1986, Prince Andrew (fourth in line to the throne at the time) and Sarah Ferguson announced their engagement.
    More Details Hide Details Prince Andrew had known Ferguson since childhood, and they had met occasionally at polo matches, and became re-acquainted with each other at Royal Ascot in 1985. Prince Andrew designed the engagement ring himself. It consists of ten diamonds surrounding a Burmese ruby. He chose the Burmese ruby to complement Sarah's fiery red hair.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1974
    Age 14
    After Sarah's parents divorced in 1974, her mother married polo player Hector Barrantes and moved to Trenque Lauquen in the Argentine pampas.
    More Details Hide Details Sarah stayed at the Dummer Down Farm at Dummer, Hampshire, her father's home since age 8. Major Ferguson married Susan Deptford and had three more children. Sarah attended Daneshill School, Stratfield Turgis and then Hurst Lodge School, Ascot. After finishing a course at Queen's Secretarial College at the age of eighteen, Sarah went to work in a public relations firm in London. Later she worked for an art gallery, and then a publishing company.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on October 15, 1959.
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