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Prince Andrew Passes Drug Test

September 30, 1998

LONDON (AP) _ Prince Andrew answered duty’s call when he was summoned for a random drug test by the military.

The son of Queen Elizabeth II, a naval lieutenant commander who works at the Ministry of Defense, was ordered Sept. 15 to provide a urine sample. The results were negative, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday.

Andrew ``was absolutely happy to take part and accepts that it is part of the nature of the job,″ said a Buckingham Palace spokesman, speaking with customary anonymity.

The Navy said the tests are carried out without regard to rank or status. Anyone who refuses could face dismissal or other discipline. More than 80,000 members of the military were tested last year.

The urine was tested for traces of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy and amphetamines.

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