Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Edward
Queen Elizabeth II forgot Prince Edward’s birthday amid the claims that her favorite son in Prince Andrew. Pictured: Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, Prince Philip and Prince Edward watch the flypast over The Mall of British and US World War II aircraft from the Buckingham Palace balcony on National Commemoration Day July 10, 2005 in London. Getty Images/Daniel Berehulak

Queen Elizabeth II once forgot her son Prince Edward’s birthday.

In Ingrid Seward’s 2005 book “Prince Edward: A Biography,” the royal author revealed that it’s not easy for the royal family to show emotions. In most cases, they are actually discouraged to wear their hearts on their sleeve.

One morning, Prince Edward reportedly joined the Queen for breakfast in her private dining room overlooking Constitution Hill. Her Majesty reportedly “ate her toast and marmalade and sipped her special blend of tea which she makes herself.”

The biographer added that Prince Edward may have been expecting something since it was his special day. However, nothing happened.

“There was no card, no present, not even a birthday greeting. When the Prince kissed his mother goodbye, still nothing was said,” Seward added.

Hours later, one senior member asked Prince Edward what the Queen gave to him for his birthday and he replied with an amused smile that he did not think she remembered it because she never mentioned it during their breakfast.

A hasty phone call was put through Queen Elizabeth II reminding her of Prince Edward’s birthday. By lunchtime, the Earl of Wessex received his present but thought nothing of it because he knew that his mother had forgotten his birthday. At the time, Prince Edward was in his late 20s.

“If it had been Prince Edward’s twentieth or his thirtieth, his mother would not have forgotten,” Seward noted.

In Channel 5’s documentary “Paxman on the Queen’s Children,” historian Piers Brendon said that the Duke of York is the Queen’s favorite son. Prince Andrew was heroic during the Falklands War and the monarch has a clear soft spot for him.

Even Prince William looked up to his uncle, Prince Andrew, and preferred to follow his career path. The Duke of Cambridge decided to be a pilot like the Duke of York since he enjoyed the fortnight he spent working with the RAF Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

While Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William are fond of Prince Andrew, Prince Charles didn’t share the same fondness for his brother. In fact, the Prince of Wales considered the Duke of York a liability and didn’t include him in his vision of the “magnificent seven” that reportedly included Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Philip, Camilla Parker Bowles and Kate Middleton.