Prince Andrew shines while riding a horse in Windsor – after being banned from the state visit to South Africa
- Prince Andrew was spotted riding horses on the Windsor Estate today
- Duke of York missed this week’s royal festivities, including the state banquet
- Andrew, 62, was stripped of his military and HRH titles by the Queen in January
Prince Andrew was all smiles this morning as he went horse riding on the Windsor Estate after a busy week of royal engagements from which he had been barred.
The 62-year-old Duke of York was first spotted after his brother, King Charles, hosted a week-long state visit since taking the throne.
His Majesty and the Queen Consort welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to the UK, which included a state banquet at Buckingham Palace attended by other senior royals.
While the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Earl and Countess of Wessex attended the banquet held in honor of Mr Ramaphosa, Prince Andrew was notably absent from the festivities as he is no longer a working royal.
Prince Andrew (pictured right), 62, was all smiles as he headed to Windsor Estate on horseback, despite not attending South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state visit hosted by King Charles this week
The Duke of York, known for his love of horses, appeared in a jovial mood as he drove through the Windsor Estate grounds
Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence also did not attend, although that was due to the princess’s own involvement in the Falkland Islands.
Andrew, the father of two, has been out of the working royal family since January this year, when he was stripped of his military and HRH titles following his dealings with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Despite not being included in this week’s harrowing events as King Charles ushered in a new era of monarchy with his first state visit, the Duke of York was unfazed this morning.
Andrew is known for his love of horse riding and is often seen riding the horses at Windsor Estate.
Prince Andrew (centre) appeared in good spirits despite the seemingly gloomy weather in Windsor
The Daily Mail reported this week that Prince Andrew has donated excess food from his Royal Lodge gardens to a local food bank
The Duke of York looked jovial as it was suggested he might attempt redemption in the public eye
Today he was radiant in the picture as he drove through the terrain despite the gloomy weather.
His jovial demeanor comes amid reports that the Duke may be trying to redeem himself in the public eye, having settled a lawsuit with Virginia Giuffre earlier this year after she sued him for sexual assault.
The settlement, which is not an admission of guilt, is said to be around £12 million.
As part of the settlement, Andrew also pledged to express his regret for his dealings with Jeffrey Epstein by supporting sex trafficking victims.
Yesterday, the Daily Mail’s Ephraim Hardcastle reported that while the Duke still appears to have fallen short of his promise to get involved with charities that support victims, this week he donated surplus food from his Royal Lodge gardens to the local food bank.