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Prince Andrew attends Church with The Queen and Beatrice at Balmoral

The Duke of York has attended Sunday morning church service at Balmoral alongside his mother, Queen Elizabeth, and his daughter, Princess Beatrice.

Her Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses attended the service at Crathie Kirk, a small Church of Scotland parish church in the village of Crathie.

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Queen Victoria first began worshipping at the church in 1848 and every British monarch since has worshipped there while staying at nearby Balmoral Castle.

The Duke of York is staying at Her Majesty’s Scottish residence for the week alongside his ex wife Sarah Ferguson, and Princess Beatrice.

This was the first public appearance Prince Andrew has made since his former friend Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell on Saturday morning.

The disgraced financier killed himself hours before Buckingham Palace responded to news that the Duke of York was named in newly released US court papers which allege he groped a woman at a party hosted by Epstein.

The accusation was revealed by a judge on Friday after the allegation was contained in documents from a 2015 defamation case.

Buckingham Palace said that these court documents relate to US proceedings “to which the Duke Of York is not a party”.

They added: “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.”

Prince Andrew has denied all accusations of wrongdoing for many years, having been heavily scrutinised for his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. The pair were photographed together in 2010 after the billionaire had served an 18-month prison sentence for soliciting a minor for prostitution.

In 2011 the Duke apologised for his friendship and was forced to step down as the UK special representative for trade and investment.

Epstein was facing federal sex trafficking charges in New York, however, news emerged of his death on Saturday morning.

The disgraced financier killed himself in his Manhattan cell just a few hours after the new court documents were opened.