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Prince Andrew dines at an exclusive Mayfair club ahead of Eugenie's wedding



Already dressed for the occasion! Father-of-the-bride Prince Andrew looks dapper in a tux as he dines at an exclusive Mayfair club ahead of Eugenie's wedding

  • Prince Andrew was spotted dining at  the Cavalry and Guards club in Mayfair
  • He will walk daughter Princess Eugenie up the aisle at her wedding on Friday 
  • The Duke's appearance comes shortly after reports that Camilla is not attending the royal nuptials due to 'long-standing tensions' between she and Andrew

By Martha Cliff for MailOnline

Published: 08:05 EDT, 11 October 2018 | Updated: 08:22 EDT, 11 October 2018

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It is less than 24 hours until he walks his youngest down the aisle but it seems that Prince Andrew is already dressed for the occasion.

The Duke of York looked dapper in a tux as he arrived at an exclusive Mayfair club on Wednesday ahead of Princess Eugenie's wedding on Friday.

The father-of-two arrived for dinner at the Cavalry and Guards club alone the day before he is expected to travel down to Windsor for his daughter's nuptials.

The 58-year-old could be seen shaking hands with a fellow dinner guest before making his way inside. 

Prince Andrew looked dapper in a tux as he headed for dinner at the Cavalry and Guards club in Mayfair on Wednesday 
Prince Andrew looked dapper in a tux as he headed for dinner at the Cavalry and Guards club in Mayfair on Wednesday 

Prince Andrew looked dapper in a tux as he headed for dinner at the Cavalry and Guards club in Mayfair on Wednesday 

The club's Head Chef, Paul Farmer, is thought to have cooked for the prince offering a broadly English style of cooking with a hint of French influence.

Signature dishes on the menu include fish pie, chicken breast with lemon and sage sauce and breaded lamb cutlets.  

His appearance comes shortly after reports that Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall is not attending the royal nuptials due to 'long-standing tensions' between she and Andrew.

The Daily Mail's Richard Kay reports that there is 'a coolness between her and Andrew.' 

The 58-year-old could be seen shaking hands with a fellow dinner guest before making his way inside
The 58-year-old could be seen shaking hands with a fellow dinner guest before making his way inside

The 58-year-old could be seen shaking hands with a fellow dinner guest before making his way inside

His appearance came a day before he is due to travel up to Windsor for his eldest daughter's wedding on Friday
His appearance came a day before he is due to travel up to Windsor for his eldest daughter's wedding on Friday
The Duke of York appeared in high spirits as he arrived for dinner
The Duke of York appeared in high spirits as he arrived for dinner

His appearance came a day before he is due to travel up to Windsor for his eldest daughter's wedding on Friday

According to insiders, she feels that the Duke of York did not speak up for her and Charles when they were battling to get royal acceptance for their relationship after Diana’s death. ‘Camilla has always felt Andrew could have done more,’ says a close figure.

‘The Queen listens to Andrew and he could have helped his brother at a time when he had few allies within the family.

‘In fact, I would go so far as to say he was deeply unhelpful when support would have meant a huge amount to her and the Prince.

The club's Head Chef, Paul Farmer, is thought to have cooked for the prince offering a broadly English style of cooking with a hint of French influence
The club's Head Chef, Paul Farmer, is thought to have cooked for the prince offering a broadly English style of cooking with a hint of French influence

The club's Head Chef, Paul Farmer, is thought to have cooked for the prince offering a broadly English style of cooking with a hint of French influence

Andrew will walk his eldest daughter Eugenie (pictured left with her sister Beatrice) up the aisle when she weds Jack Brooksbank on Friday
Andrew will walk his eldest daughter Eugenie (pictured left with her sister Beatrice) up the aisle when she weds Jack Brooksbank on Friday

Andrew will walk his eldest daughter Eugenie (pictured left with her sister Beatrice) up the aisle when she weds Jack Brooksbank on Friday

‘Looking back to when there was little public sympathy for Charles and Camilla, if not open hostility, it was a case of Andrew playing politics. Camilla hasn’t forgotten.’  

Despite these reports Camilla is insistent that her absence is due to a long-standing commitment to visit the pupils of Crathie primary school in Balmoral.   

While he has faced criticism over the escalating costs of his daughter's wedding Andrew has expressed his excitement over the upcoming nuptials.

On Wednesday he tweeted a throwback snap of a Eugenie and maid of honour Beatrice after news of his daughter's wedding party was announced.

Moments later, he shared a sweet childhood snap showing the groom with his younger brother and best man, Thomas Brooksbank, and a shot of the couple walking in what appears to be the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The Duke's appearance comes shortly after reports that Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured together) is not attending the royal nuptials due to 'long-standing tensions' between she and Andrew
The Duke's appearance comes shortly after reports that Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured together) is not attending the royal nuptials due to 'long-standing tensions' between she and Andrew

The Duke's appearance comes shortly after reports that Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured together) is not attending the royal nuptials due to 'long-standing tensions' between she and Andrew

The proud father will take a starring role when he walks his daughter down the aisle tomorrow morning at 11am. 

Following the marriage the newlyweds will have their carriage ride through the streets of Windsor before returning to the castle for photographs. 

Eugenie and Jack have chosen the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle for their official wedding photographs.  

After the pictures have been taken, the Queen, Prince Philip and other members of the Royal Family will have lunch.

At the same time, the remaining guests will arrive for the reception in three of the castle’s State apartments, the Grand Reception Room, the Garter Throne Room and Waterloo Chamber.

The royals will then join the reception, with Prince Andrew observing his father-of-the-bride duties with a speech.

The Queen and Philip are due to leave at 2pm, followed soon after by the bride and groom.

The reception ends at 3pm, but many will be back for the evening party at Royal Lodge, the home which Andrew still shares with ex-wife Sarah. 

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