Queen’s relative jailed for sexual assault at his castle


A relative of the Queen has been jailed for 10 months for sexually assaulting a woman at his ancestral home.

Simon Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore, pleaded guilty to attacking a woman at Glamis Castle, Angus, in February last year.

The 34-year-old, who is the son of a cousin of the Queen, was sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

The court previously heard that the assault happened in a bedroom at the castle.

Glamis Castle is the seat of the earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Glamis Castle is the seat of the earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne

Last month, Bowes-Lyon apologised for his actions after entering his guilty plea, saying he felt “greatly ashamed” for causing “such distress to a guest in my home”.

He said he had “drunk to excess” on the night of the assault, although he noted that this was “no excuse” for what transpired.

“I did not think I was capable of behaving the way I did but have had to face up to it and take responsibility,” he said outside court.

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“Over the last year this has involved seeking and receiving professional help as well as agreeing to plead guilty as quickly as possible.

“My apologies go, above all, to the woman concerned but I would also like to apologise to family, friends and colleagues for the distress I have caused them.”

Glamis Castle is the seat of the earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, who are both part of the Queen Mother’s family.

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