He becomes the sixth member of the Royal family to assume the ceremonial position, the first since the Duke of Kent was appointed in 1937. The captaincy dates back to 1754.
Prince Andrew marked the occasion by driving from the first tee, a tradition since 1863. The symbolic swing was accompanied by the firing of a cannon.
I hope that throughout my captaincy there will be an air of celebration for the game of golf, not only here in the United Kingdom, but throughout the world, he said.
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