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Astronomer Royal is a senior post in the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdommarker. There are two officers, the senior being the Astronomer Royal dating from 22 June 1675; the second is the Astronomer Royal for Scotland dating from 1834.

King Charles II, who founded the Royal Observatory Greenwichmarker in 1675 instructed the first Astronomer Royal John Flamsteed, " ."

From that time until 1972 the Astronomer Royal was Director of the Royal Observatory Greenwich. As Astronomer Royal he receives a stipend of 100 GBP per year and is a member of the Royal Household, under the general authority of the Lord Chamberlain. After the separation of the two offices the position of Astronomer Royal has been largely honorary, though he remains available to advise the Sovereign on astronomical and related scientific matters, and the office is of great prestige.

There was also formerly an astronomer royal for Ireland known as the Royal Astronomer of Ireland.

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