His Most Eminent Highness Frà Andrew Bertie, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John
His Most Eminent Highness Frà Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, was born on 15th May 1929 in London, the son of the Hon. James Bertie (son of the 7th Earl of Abingdon) and Lady Jean Crichton-Stuart (daughter of the 4th Marquess of Bute).
He was educated at Ampleforth College and graduated in Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford. He also attended the Institute of African and Oriental 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 few years in the commercial sector, he taught modern languages for 23 years at Worth School, a Benedictine high school in Sussex, England.
He was admitted to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in 1956. He took Perpetual Vows in 1981, thereby becoming a Religious member of the Order. He was elected member of the Sovereign Council (Government) of the Order in 1981 and in April 1988 was chosen by the Council Complete of State to succeed the late Frà Angelo de Mojana di Cologna as 78th Grand Master of the Order.
The States with which the Order has diplomatic relations, recognize the Grand Master as the Supreme Head of the Order, with the prerogatives, immunities, privileges and honours reserved for Heads of States.
The Order has 6 Grand Priories, 5 Sub-Priories and 45 National Associations and the Grand Master has travelled the world widely on State or official visits. On the occasion of his official visit to Birgu (Città Vittoriosa) on 27th April 2003, the first Honorary Citizenship of Birgu was conferred upon him by the Local Council as a gesture of renewed friendship and hospitality towards the ancient Hospitaller Order which first settled in Birgu in 1530 and which, thanks to the generosity of the Government of Malta, has again been able to establish a seat at Fort St Angelo.
His Most Eminent Highness Fra Andrew Bertie