Prince Andrew Opens a Twitter Account – A Royal Family First

Prince Andrew Joins Twitter
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
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07/08/2013 AT 10:00 AM EDT

The first member of the British royal family has joined Twitter, but it's not who you might think.

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, became the first of the royals to open a personal account, offering his official Tweets @TheDukeOfYork with the initials: AY, the BBC reports. Unsigned Tweets from his account will come from his staff.

So far, has amassed nearly 5,000 followers.

His first Tweet: "Welcome to my Twitter account – AY." He also has added a couple of photos.

The Duke, 53, has a lot of catching up to do with his former wife, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, who also boasts her own Twitter account @SarahTheDuchess.

She has been actively Tweeting for some time and has more than 62,000 followers.

Andrew, who is the second son of Queen Elizabeth and father of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, is fourth in line to the throne.

Like his nephew Prince Harry, he served as a helicopter pilot, working for the British Navy for 22 years.

He left his most recent job as U.K. trade envoy in 2011.
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