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Fra' Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie (15 May 1929 – 7 February 2008) was the 78th Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, serving for nearly 20 years from 1988 until his death in 2008. Bertie was the second Englishman elected Grand Master since 1258. He never married and had a younger brother. He was the fifth cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II.[1] On 14 August 2012, The Times of Malta
Malta
reported that "The process for the beatification of the late Grand Master and Prince Fra' Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie is to begin in the coming months".[2]

Contents

1 Early career 2 78th Grand Master, the Order of Malta 3 Personal life 4 Ancestry 5 Titles, styles and honours

5.1 Titles and style 5.2 Honours and awards

5.2.1 Honours 5.2.2 Awards 5.2.3 Honorary citizenships 5.2.4 Honorary degrees

6 References and notes 7 External links

Early career[edit] Bertie was born in London
London
as the elder son of the Hon. James Bertie (youngest son of the 7th Earl of Abingdon) and Lady Jean Crichton-Stuart (daughter of the 4th Marquess of Bute). He was educated at the English Roman Catholic public school, Ampleforth College, and graduated in Modern History from Christ Church, Oxford. He also attended the School of Oriental and African Studies
School of Oriental and African Studies
of the University of London. From 1948 to 1950, he carried out military service in the Scots Guards, becoming a commissioned officer in 1949. After a short experience in the commercial sector, he taught modern languages (particularly French and Spanish but also German, Dutch, Tibetan and Maltese) for twenty-three years at Worth School, a Benedictine public school in Sussex, England. He was a judo black belt and taught judo at Worth School. 78th Grand Master, the Order of Malta[edit]

Flags flying at half-staff over Palazzo di Malta, headquarters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, after the death of the Grand Master Andrew Bertie

Bertie was admitted to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Sovereign Military Order of Malta
(SMOM) in 1956. He became a Knight of Justice in the order by taking Perpetual Vows in 1981 (the equivalent of a monk).[3] He also joined the government of the Order in 1981 as a member of the Sovereign Council, and in April 1988, he was elected the 78th Grand Master. Subsequently, he was Hospitaller of the Sanctuary of Lourdes, which is the annual pilgrimage site of SMOM.[4] He succeeded the late Fra' Angelo de Mojana, the Milanese nobleman who had served the Order as Grand Master since 1962 and accomplished a great deal of modernization to the organization. Although it is considered sovereign, the Order of Malta
Malta
is also a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, so Bertie's election needed the ratification of Pope John Paul II, which was obtained on 11 April 1988. Bertie described the aims of the Order as “to help the poor and the sick; that is and always has been our primary aim”:

"The other military orders were there to fight the Saracens and to save Spain or the Holy Land or Prussia from the pagans. But we always had this special commitment to the poor and the sick. Our aims today are exactly the same as they were in 1099, the sanctification of our members through service to the sick."[5]

Personal life[edit] Bertie never married or had children. He died in Rome
Rome
from cancer on 7 February 2008, aged 78. Ancestry[edit]

Ancestors of Andrew Bertie

16. Montagu Bertie, 5th Earl of Abingdon

8. Montagu Bertie, 6th Earl of Abingdon

17. Emily Gage

4. Montagu Bertie, 7th Earl of Abingdon

18. George Harcourt

9. Elizabeth Lavinia Vernon-Harcourt

19. Lady Elizabeth Bingham

2. The Hon. James Willoughby Bertie

20. Joseph Thaddaeus Dormer, 11th Baron Dormer of Wyng

10. Sir James Charlemagne Dormer

21. Elizabeth Anne Tichborne

5. Gwendoline Mary Dormer

22. Sir Archibald Alison, 1st Baronet

11. Ella Frances Catherine Alison

23. Elizabeth Glencairn Tytler

1. Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie

24. John Crichton-Stuart, 2nd Marquess of Bute

12. John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute

25. Lady Sophia Rawdon-Hastings

6. John Crichton-Stuart, 4th Marquess of Bute

26. Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Glossop

13. The Hon. Gwendoline Mary Anne Fitzalan-Howard

27. Augusta Talbot

3. Lady Jean Crichton-Stuart

28. Sir Alan Edward Bellingham, 3rd Baronet

14. Sir Henry Bellingham, 4th Baronet

29. Elizabeth Clarke

7. Augusta Bellingham

30. Charles Noel, 2nd Earl of Gainsborough

15. Lady Constance Julia Eleanor Georgiana Noel

31. Lady Ida Harriet Augusta Hay

Titles, styles and honours[edit] Titles and style[edit] His full title was: His Most Eminent Highness
His Most Eminent Highness
Fra' Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, Most Humble Guardian of the Poor of Jesus Christ.[6] Honours and awards[edit] Honours[edit]

 SMOM: Sovereign Military Order of Malta

Grand Master (1988) Knight of Justice (1981) Member (1956)

 Argentina: Collar of the Order of the Liberator
Order of the Liberator
San Martín  Brazil: Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the National Order of the Southern Cross  Chile: Collar of the Order of Merit of Chile  France: Grand Cross of the Legion d’Honneur  Germany: Grand Cross Special
Special
Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany  Holy See: Knight with the Collar of the Order of Pius IX

 Italy: Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic  Lithuania: Grand Cross of the Order of Vytautas the Great[7]  Malta: Honorary Companion of Honour with Collar of the National Order of Merit  Monaco: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saint-Charles  Morocco: Grand Cordon of the Order of the Throne  Panama: Gold Collar of the Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero  Poland: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland
Poland
(10 May 2007)  Portugal: Grand Collar of the Order of Prince Henry  Romania: Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Romania  Slovakia : Grand Cross (or 1st Class) of the Order of the White Double Cross (1997)[8]  Venezuela: Collar of the Order of the Liberator  Venezuela: Collar of the Order of Andrés Bello House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies: Bailiff Grand Cross with Collar of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Januarius House of Habsburg: Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece
Order of the Golden Fleece
(Austrian Branch) House of Karadjordjevic: Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Karageorge House of Karadjordjevic: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the White Eagle House of Romanov: Knight of the Order of St. Andrew House of Romanov: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Anna House of Romanov: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Vladimir House of Romanov: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky House of Romanov: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Stanislaus House of Savoy: Knight of the Order of the Most Holy Annunciation House of Savoy: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus House of Savoy: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Italy

Awards[edit]

Path to Peace Award (2005) Matteo Ricci Award (2006)

Honorary citizenships[edit]

Honorary citizen
Honorary citizen
of Rapallo
Rapallo
(1992), Veroli
Veroli
(1993), Lourdes
Lourdes
(1999), Magione
Magione
(2002), Birgu
Birgu
(2003), and Santa Severina
Santa Severina
(2003). In Bolivia in 2002 he was created Huesped Ilustre of La Paz, El Alto
El Alto
and Santa Cruz.

Honorary degrees[edit]

Medicine and surgery, University of Bologna
University of Bologna
(1992) Jurisprudence, University of Malta
Malta
(1993) Humanities, University of Santo Domingo
University of Santo Domingo
(1995) Laws, St. John's University, Minnesota
Minnesota
(2003)

References and notes[edit]

^ By common descent from King George III and his wife Charlotte Sophia. ^ "Process for beatification of Grand Master Andrew Bertie
Andrew Bertie
initiated". Timesofmalta.com. Retrieved 2 January 2017.  ^ "Obituaries". Timesonlnie.co.uk. Retrieved 1 January 2017.  (subscription required) ^ [1] ^ "Pope Mourns Fra Bertie, Grand Master of the Order of Malta". Radio Vaticana. 8 February 2008. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2011.  ^ Ampleforth College
Ampleforth College
obituary Archived 22 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Lithuanian Presidency Archived 19 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine., Lithuanian Orders searching form ^ Slovak republic website, State honours : 1st Class received in 1997 (click on "Holders of the Order of the 1st Class White Double Cross" to see the holders' table)

External links[edit]

Order of Malta
Malta
site The death is announced of HMEH 78th Prince and Grand Master Fra' Andrew Bertie
Andrew Bertie
– Website Order of Malta Times of Malta: Grandmaster of Knights of Malta
Malta
dies in Rome The Times: Fra' Andrew Bertie
Andrew Bertie
obituary The Telegraph: Fra' Andrew Bertie
Andrew Bertie
obituary The Times: The Order of the Knights of Malta
Malta
let in the daylight International Herald Tribune: Knights of Malta
Malta
Grand Master dies in Rome
Rome
(Archived: 22 June 2008) Njegoskij Fund Network: The Order of Malta
Malta
into mourning: Fra' Andrew Bertie, in memoriam

Catholic Church
Catholic Church
titles

Preceded by Angelo de Mojana
Angelo de Mojana
di Cologna Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller 1988–2008 Succeeded 

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