Prince Andrew makes first public appearance since stepping down from royal duties

  • 20/01/2020
Prince Andrew.
Prince Andrew. Photo credit: Getty

Prince Andrew has been seen in public with the Queen for the first time since stepping down from his royal duties. 

They were seen attending Mary the Virgin Church for a service in Hillington yesterday. 

Prince Andrew retired from his royal duties "for the foreseeable future" in November after a BBC interview about his involvement with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The Guardian reported Andrew was a no show to the 11am Christmas Day service last month, which is traditionally attended by all members of the royal family, and instead attended an earlier 9am service without the crowds. 

However, the Guardian reports Andrew's presence beside a smiling Queen on Sunday sent the message the Windsors are back to business as usual despite the recent dramas.  

This is the first public appearance the Queen has made since announcing Prince Harry and Meghan will no longer use the HRH royal titles as they step back from the royal family. 

Prince Harry and Meghan revealed earlier this month they wanted to step back from public life as seniors of the royal family and spend time between Meghan's home in North America and the UK.