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A Member Of The Royal Family Joins Twitter For The First Time

Aly Weisman
Prince Andrew

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Prince Andrew  has opened a Twitter account,  @TheDukeOfYork , making him the first member of Great Britain's royal family to join the social-networking site.

" The Official Twitter Account for The Duke of York," states his bio, adding that "Tweets from HRH are signed - AY."

The inaugural tweet was from the prince himself:

Welcome to my Twitter account - AY

— The Duke of York (@TheDukeOfYork) July 8, 2013

The ensuing tweets and twitpics are apparently from his staff, as they lack his initials.

The Duke with inspiring students at Black Country UTC pic.twitter.com/aD6VE4v6Nr

— The Duke of York (@TheDukeOfYork) July 8, 2013

At tonight's Backing Youth reception at Buckingham Palace - linking business with orgs helping young people in need pic.twitter.com/9fip8FeqYV

— The Duke of York (@TheDukeOfYork) July 9, 2013

After debuting yesterday, the verified @TheDukeOfYork already has nearly 24,000 followers.

He follows 87 accounts, mainly charities and organizations related to the Palace.

Prince Andrew, 53,   is the second son and third child of  Queen Elizabeth II  and  Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh .

He has two daughters:  Princesses  Beatrice and Eugenie of York, famous for their fascinators at Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding:

Prince Andrew Princess Eugenie Princess Beatrice fascinators

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