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Prince Andrew will attend Trooping the Colour and Remembrance Sunday events next year

Yahoo! News UK logo Yahoo! News UK 03/12/2019 Will Taylor
Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, Duke of York are posing for a picture:  08-06-2019 England The ceremony of the Trooping the Colour, marking the monarch's official birthday, in London. Queen Elizabeth II Laurence, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales Prince Andrew ( PPE/Nieboer /Sipa USA) 08-06-2019 England The ceremony of the Trooping the Colour, marking the monarch's official birthday, in London. Queen Elizabeth II Laurence, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales Prince Andrew ( PPE/Nieboer /Sipa USA)

Prince Andrew will attend Trooping the Colour and Remembrance Sunday events next year, a palace spokeswoman has confirmed.

The Duke of York is still set to attend those key events despite having to withdraw from Royal public duties following allegations a teenager was forced to have sex with him.

Virginia Giuffre, who was trafficked by paedophile and friend to Prince Andrew Jeffrey Epstein, repeated her allegations on the BBC’s Panorama show last night.

The prince categorically denies the allegations.

But despite a number of organisations and initiatives distancing themselves from him, and growing calls for him to testify over Epstein, Prince Andrew will still attend the prominent Trooping the Colour and Remembrance Sunday engagements in 2020.

Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York leaves after speaking at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP) (Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images) Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York leaves after speaking at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP) (Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images)

A palace spokeswoman said today: “The Duke of York remains a member of the Royal Family.

“As a Royal Colonel and a war veteran he will take part in these ceremonies.”

Trooping the Colour marks the Queen’s official birthday and is packed with military pomp and pageantry.

Her Majesty attends the ceremony and is escorted from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade where she inspects the troops, before taking in an RAF flypast back at the palace.

It will take place on June 13.

Remembrance Sunday also sees Royals take part in memorial services and he attended this year’s at the cenotaph in London.

In this image taken from video issued by the BBC, Virginia Roberts Giuffre speaks during an interview on the BBC Panorama program that will be aired on Monday Dec. 2, 2019. Roberts Giuffre says she was a trafficking victim made to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 is asking the British public to support her quest for justice. She tells BBC Panorama in an interview to be broadcast Monday evening that people "should not accept this as being OK." Giuffre's first UK television interview on the topic describes how she was trafficked by notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and made to have sex with Andrew three times, including once in London. (BBC Panorama via AP) © ASSOCIATED PRESS In this image taken from video issued by the BBC, Virginia Roberts Giuffre speaks during an interview on the BBC Panorama program that will be aired on Monday Dec. 2, 2019. Roberts Giuffre says she was a trafficking victim made to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 is asking the British public to support her quest for justice. She tells BBC Panorama in an interview to be broadcast Monday evening that people "should not accept this as being OK." Giuffre's first UK television interview on the topic describes how she was trafficked by notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and made to have sex with Andrew three times, including once in London. (BBC Panorama via AP)

But he will not attend tonight’s NATO reception at Buckingham Palace later, which will mark 70 years of the alliance.

Omid Scobie, Royal editor at large for Harper’s Bazaar, said on his The HeirPod podcast that the duke’s absence is the “first of many instances where his presence would normally be expected”.

The palace spokeswoman also released a statement following Virginia Giuffre’s (previously known as Virginia Roberts) explosive interview with Panorama.

It followed the duke’s own “car crash” interview on Newsnight last month.

“The Duke of York unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein,” she said.

“Epstein’s suicide left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives with her son the Duke of York, at Crathie Kirk to attend a Sunday morning church service near Balmoral, where members of the royal family are currently spending their summer holidays. © Provided by Yahoo! News UK Queen Elizabeth II arrives with her son the Duke of York, at Crathie Kirk to attend a Sunday morning church service near Balmoral, where members of the royal family are currently spending their summer holidays.

“The Duke deeply sympathises with those affected who want some form of closure.

“It is his hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. The Duke is willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.

“The Duke has already stated that he did not see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest and conviction.

“He deplores the exploitation of any human being and would not condone, participate in, or encourage any such behaviour.

“It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”

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