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Prince Andrew is meeting with The Queen every day as he desperately bids to restore his reputation with the public and his mother ahead of her Platinum Jubilee.
The Duke of York, who earlier this year agreed to pay a huge sum to settle the sex abuse scandal case before it ever reached a jury, is making daily visits with the monarch at Windsor Castle.
According to royal insiders, he is reportedly driving the five miles from Royal Lodge home for pre-lunch visits to ensure the Queen is ‘comfortable and looked after’.
Andrew – who was joined by two companions for a morning horse ride in Windsor Great Park this morning – was stripped of all his honorary military titles and designation HRH in January in light of the civil sex abuse case with Virginia Giuffre.
Ms Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with the duke three times when she was 17 under Epstein’s orders. Andrew has repeatedly denied the allegation.
One royal source told the Mirror: ‘Andrew is doing all he can to make amends for the shame he brought on his family for being involved in such a scandal.
‘He wants to make it up to the Queen which is why he is doing all he can to see her as much as possible.
‘The rest of the family, apart from Her Majesty, are united in feeling that he should stay out of the limelight and keep quiet having left such a stain on the family.’
The news comes after it emerged Andrew, 62, will take part in the ceremony at Windsor Castle on June 13 alongside other senior royals for what is one of the most important ceremonies in the Royal calendar.
His name will also appear in the next day’s Court Circular, and will attend Garter Day ceremonies as a Royal Knight.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, center right, arrive for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London, Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Andrew is expected to appear alongside the Queen for Garter Day at Windsor Castle on June 13 despite the fallout of his sex abuse scandal and ties to paedophile Jeffrey Epstein (The Queen and Prince Andrew pictured 2019 at Trooping The Colour)
Prince Andrew heads out for a morning horse ride through Windsor Great Park today, accompanied by two companions
Andrew drove to and from the ride in a Range Rover. Like most of the Royal Family he is known to be a keen horse rider
Nearly 700 years later, the Order is the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain. The Knights, now both male and female, used to be limited to aristocracy, but today they are chosen from a variety of backgrounds, in recognition for their public service.
The annual iconic Garter Day procession, where The Queen and the Knights process in grand velvet robes, glistening insignia and plumed hats, is one of the most traditional ceremonies in the Queen’s calendar.
The Queen is sovereign of the Order and appoints Knights of the Garter without input from ministers, meaning that Prince Andrew’s appointment was considered as private.
Andrew was stripped of all his honorary military titles and designation HRH in January in light of the civil sex abuse case with Virginia Giuffre – a victim of Epstein who claimed Andrew had sexually assaulted her when she was aged just 17
The Queen will not take the royal salute at the Trooping the Colour for the first time in 70 years as she continues to delegate responsibility to senior members of The Firm. She is pictured on the balcony of Buckingham Place during the ceremony in 2019
Hundreds are expected to gather in Windsor to watch the procession, though it is not known whether The Queen will take part given her recent mobility and health issues.
In years past The Queen would don luscious flowing robes which she wore throughout the public procession and Garter Day church service.
She is said to be likely to attend the ceremony in the Garter throne room and lunch in the Waterloo Chamber this year, health permitting.
The Queen and Prince Andrew are expected to be joined by The Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, among several other senior royals.
She will be among seven other senior members of the royal family including Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
News of The Duke of York’s expected attendance at Garter Day celebrations comes as it was confirmed The Queen will not take the royal salute at the Trooping the Colour next month for the first time in 70 years, as she continues to delegate responsibility to senior members of The Firm.
Her Majesty’s birthday, on June 2nd, has historically seen the monarch’s personal troops, the Household Division on Horse Guards Parade, with the Queen herself attending and taking the salute.
Instead this year, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal will ride on the parade as colonels of the Welsh Guards, the Irish Guards and the Blues and Royals.
According to the Sunday Times, Her Majesty still hopes to attend some of the ceremony, which kicks off four days of celebration to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The news comes as the 96-year-old monarch continues to entrust members of the Royal Family with increased responsibilities as she faces ‘episodic mobility problems’.
Earlier this month, Her Majesty missed the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in 59 years, with Prince Charles and Prince William given power to jointly act at the event on the Queen’s behalf.
She has though made four recent public outings this month, including attending the Windsor Horse Show, star-studded Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Windsor and the opening of the Elizabeth Tube line, appearing in good spirits at all of them.