Prince Andrew is conspicuously absent as The Queen and royals head to church at Balmoral while storm clouds gather over photos of him inside paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein's mansion

  • Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex and Lady Louise travelled with the Queen for a Sunday Service in Balmoral
  • Prince of Wales, 70, and Duchess of Cornwall, 72, also attended the royal outing to Crathie Kirk this morning 
  • It came hours after video footage emerged of Prince Andrew, 59, at Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan home in 2010
  • Prince Andrew has always strongly denied any wrongdoing and Buckingham Palace says Queen supports son

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Royal family members joined the Queen for a Sunday Service in Balmoral this morning - but Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York were conspicuously absent.

The royal outing came hours after video footage - obtained by the Mail On Sunday - emerged of Prince Andrew, 59, at paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's £63million Manhattan mansion on December 6, 2010. 

The Duke of York - then the UK's Special Representative for International Trade – was spotted peering around the door of the billionaire sex offender's home, less than an hour after Epstein left the house in the company of a young, shivering blonde woman.

Last Sunday, the Queen made a public show of support by allowing her second eldest son to sit next to her as they were driven to the church service.

This week, Prince Andrew is currently on a luxury holiday with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson in Sotogrande, southern Spain, amid growing questions over his relationship with the billionaire sex offender, who killed himself in a New York jail cell last weekend.

The Queen, sporting a smart pale blue coat dress with a matching hat adorned with a large flower, sat in her chauffered vehicle with her youngest son Prince Edward, 55, his wife Sophie Wessex, 54, and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, 15, for their journey today.

Prince Charles, 70, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, travelled in a separate car in front of the Queen to the service in Crathie Kirk, Balmoral, Scotland.

Royal family members joined the Queen, sporting a smart pale blue coat dress with a matching hat adorned with a large flower, for a Sunday Service at church in Balmoral this morning

Royal family members joined the Queen, sporting a smart pale blue coat dress with a matching hat adorned with a large flower, for a Sunday Service at church in Balmoral this morning

Prince Charles, 70, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, travelled in a separate car in front of Her Majesty to the service in Crathie Kirk, Balmoral

Prince Charles, 70, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, travelled in a separate car in front of Her Majesty to the service in Crathie Kirk, Balmoral

The royal outing came hours after video footage (pictured) emerged of Prince Andrew at paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's £63million Manhattan mansion on December 6, 2010

The royal outing came hours after video footage (pictured) emerged of Prince Andrew at paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's £63million Manhattan mansion on December 6, 2010

As the brunette begins to walk away from the house, the Duke of York waves goodbye without stepping inside

The Duke of York - then the UK's Special Representative for International Trade – was spotted peering around the door of the billionaire sex offender's home and then waving 

Following him, a young blonde-haired woman with a ponytail emerges from behind the imposing Manhattan home's 15ft-high oak doors in a flimsy grey sweater

Prince Andrew was seen less than an hour after Epstein left the house in the company of a young, shivering blonde woman 

Epstein's nine-storey 21,000 square foot mansion has been dubbed the 'House of Horrors' by many of his young victims. 

The video was taken less than 24 hours after the Prince was infamously photographed walking through Central Park with Epstein, who continued to abuse young girls even after a controversial 2008 plea deal that saw him serve just 13 months, much of it on day release.

By this point Epstein was on a child sex offender register, yet one observer told The Mail on Sunday that several of the women leaving and entering the home while Andrew was apparently inside 'looked very young indeed'.

The Prince reportedly met Epstein in the late 1990s after being introduced by the financier’s then girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of disgraced tycoon Robert Maxwell.

It was in Ms Maxwell’s Belgravia home that a photograph was taken in 2001 of a grinning Duke of York with his arm around the bare midriff of Epstein's alleged 'sex slave' Virginia Roberts.

The Duke has vehemently denied claims by Ms Roberts that she had sex with the Prince on three occasions, the first when she was 17 and once at Epstein's mansion at 9 East 71st Street in Manhattan - the setting of these pictures.

The Queen sat in her chauffered vehicle with her youngest son Prince Edward, 55, his wife Sophie Wessex, 54, and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, 15, for their journey today

The Queen sat in her chauffered vehicle with her youngest son Prince Edward, 55, his wife Sophie Wessex, 54, and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, 15, for their journey today 

Her Majesty looked in high spirits as she rode in the back of the chauffered vehicle with her daughter-in-law Sophie Wessex

Her Majesty looked in high spirits as she rode in the back of the chauffered vehicle with her daughter-in-law Sophie Wessex

The Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, was all smiles as he and his family arrived for the service in Crathie Kirk, Balmoral

The Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, was all smiles as he and his family arrived for the service in Crathie Kirk, Balmoral

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, looked smart in a black tribly hat and navy blue coat as she rode in the back of the car with the Queen

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, looked smart in a black tribly hat and navy blue coat as she rode in the back of the car with the Queen

Prince Edward, seen in the same car with his mother, donned a smart brown suit along with a red and green striped tie

Prince Edward, seen in the same car with his mother, donned a smart brown suit along with a red and green striped tie

Her allegations, submitted to a court in 2014, were later thrown out by a judge who ordered them to be struck from the record as 'immaterial and impertinent'.

Since Epstein's suicide in his prison cell last weekend as he faced further child sex trafficking charges, Buckingham Palace has repeated its denial of wrongdoing by the Prince.

'Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue. It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts,' it said.

Prince Andrew is currently on a luxury holiday with Sarah Ferguson in Spain and planning a round of golf, with the former couple hoping to stay at the luxury Real Club Valderrama in Sotogrande.

The pair arrived in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia on Wednesday after flying to Malaga by private jet.

The Duchess of York is said to be using the trip as an opportunity to pay her former husband back for his support over the years. 

She swept Prince Andrew to Spain to 'look after him' after it was said he 'panicked' following Jeffrey Epstein's death, The Sun reported. 

Last Sunday, the Queen made a public show of support by allowing her second eldest son to sit next to her as they were driven to the church service

Last Sunday, the Queen made a public show of support by allowing her second eldest son to sit next to her as they were driven to the church service

The Duke has vehemently denied claims by Epstein's alleged 'sex slave' Virginia Roberts, pictured aged 17, that she had sex with the Prince on three occasions

The Duke has vehemently denied claims by Epstein's alleged 'sex slave' Virginia Roberts, pictured aged 17, that she had sex with the Prince on three occasions

Since Epstein's (pictured) suicide last weekend as he faced further child sex trafficking charges, Buckingham Palace has repeated its denial of wrongdoing by Prince Andrew

Since Epstein's (pictured) suicide last weekend as he faced further child sex trafficking charges, Buckingham Palace has repeated its denial of wrongdoing by Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew is currently on a luxury holiday with Sarah Ferguson in Spain and planning a round of golf, with the former couple hoping to stay at the luxury Real Club Valderrama in Sotogrande

Prince Andrew is currently on a luxury holiday with Sarah Ferguson in Spain and planning a round of golf, with the former couple hoping to stay at the luxury Real Club Valderrama in Sotogrande 

They had previously been at Balmoral, where the Duke was photographed with the Queen last Sunday as they travelled to a church service.

The Queen made a public show of support by allowing her son to sit next to her as they were driven. 

Andrew and Sarah, who divorced in May 1996, are regular visitors to Sotogrande.

A decade ago, they retreated to a friend's £38 million estate near the village of San Enrique de Guadiaro after the Duchess of York was criticised over Duchess On The Estate, a TV documentary featuring her attempts to improve the lives of people in Manchester.

However, the house has since been sold and it is unclear where the pair are now staying.

Prince Andrew and Duchess of York are conspicuously absent as the royals head to church at Balmoral

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