Queen's relative Simon Bowes-Lyon, 34, jailed for sexual assault

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

Simon Bowes-Lyon, 34, the Earl of Strathmore, pleaded guilty to attacking a woman at Glamis Castle, Angus, in February last year.

DUNDEE, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Simon Bowes-Lyon, the the Earl of Strathmore, (R) leaves Dundee Sheriff Court in handcuffs after being sentenced to jail for 10 months for sexually assaulting a woman on February 23, 2021 in Dundee, Scotland. Bowes-Lyon, a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth, pleaded guilty to forcing his way into the room of a guest at Glamis Castle, where he was hosting a function, and assaulting her. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Simon Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore (R), leaves Dundee Sheriff Court in handcuffs after being sentenced to jail for 10 months for sexually assaulting a woman on February 23, 2021 in Dundee, Scotland. Bowes-Lyon, a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth, pleaded guilty to forcing his way into the room of a guest at Glamis Castle, where he was hosting a function, and assaulting her. Photo: Getty Images.

Bowes-Lyon, who is the son of a cousin of the Queen, was sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

In a statement outside court after pleading guilty last month, Bowes-Lyon said he is "greatly ashamed of my actions which have caused such distress to a guest in my home".

He said he had "drunk to excess" on the night of the attack, which he said was "no excuse" for his actions.

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He added: "I did not think I was capable of behaving the way I did but have had to face up to it and take responsibility.

"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, part of the late Queen Mother's family.

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