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LONDON (AP) _ Prince Andrew began his new job as a trade ambassador with a visit to a British factory that manufactures railway freight cars.

The 41-year-old prince, Duke of York, ended his 22-year naval career in July to take up the job of royal roving ambassador for British Trade International, the government agency responsible for the promotion of overseas trade and investment.

The prince was shown around the Thrall Europa plant in York, in northeast England, where he chatted with factory workers on Monday. He met local business people before making a speech to Yorkshire industry representatives.

``The response from the British business community to the duke's new role has been very positive,'' said Sir David Wright, group chief executive of the government body.