Campaigners have welcomed the news that Prince Andrew has lost his military affiliations, but have called for clarity from the Palace on whether he remains a Vice Admiral.

Graham Smith, speaking for campaign group Republic, said today:

"The royals have always resisted taking any action against Prince Andrew until it is absolutely unavoidable. Yet still we're unclear whether he retains his military rank in Britain's armed forces."

"They have very carefully couched their decision in obscure language, but ending an affiliation is not the same as being stripped of his rank and status."

"Our question now is simple: Does Prince Andrew still hold a military rank in any of our nation's armed forces? Yes or no?"

The move by the palace follows a letter sent earlier today from more than 150 veterans, in which the Queen was urged to strip Andrew of all his ranks and titles.