Queen Elizabeth II’s disgraced second son Prince Andrew didn’t seem on the prestigious Garter Day procession in Windsor on Tuesday, reportedly after a “household resolution”.
As a substitute, the 62-year-old Duke of York attended a non-public lunch and ceremony investing new members of the Order of the Garter, Buckingham Palace mentioned.
Andrew has been largely sidelined from royal duties due to public outrage at his hyperlinks to convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Outdoors Windsor Fortress, in the meantime, protesters greeted Britain’s former prime minister Tony Blair as he arrived on the occasion
Blair was appointed to the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry as a Knight Companion, however protesters chanted “Tony Blair battle prison” over his function within the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.
Blair walked to the occasion with Britain’s first black cupboard member Valerie Amos, who grew to become the primary black particular person appointed to the order, which was established by King Edward III almost 700 years in the past.
Queen Elizabeth II, 96, didn’t participate in Monday’s procession due to mobility points, however did attend the lunch and the investiture ceremony.
Her eldest son and inheritor Prince Charles, his spouse Camilla, in addition to his eldest son Prince William and his spouse Catherine additionally attended Monday’s procession.
Andrew earlier this 12 months settled a US civil case for sexual assault introduced by a lady who claimed Epstein trafficked her for intercourse.
He claimed by no means to have met her. In search of to restrict the reputational injury to the monarchy, he was stripped of his honorary navy titles, successfully giving him no frontline royal function.
In late March, there was widespread public disapproval that he accompanied his ailing mom to her seat for the memorial service of her late husband Prince Philip.
That prompted hypothesis he was angling for a return to duties, together with on the current public festivities for her record-breaking 70 years on the throne.
Andrew withdrew, formally on account of catching covid, and performed no public half within the four-day Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
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