Relative of Queen jailed for sexually assaulting woman at Scottish castle

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Simon Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore, sentenced to 10 months over attack at Glamis Castle

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, in Angus, Scotland, in February last year.

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

The court had previously heard the assault happened in a bedroom at the castle.

In a statement outside court after pleading guilty last month, Bowes-Lyon apologised and said he was ashamed of his actions.

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

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.

“Over the last year this has involved seeking and receiving professional help as well as agreeing to plead guilty as quickly as possible.”

Glamis Castle is the seat of the earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, part of the late Queen mother’s family.