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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Prince Andrew tests positive for Covid and will miss St Paul’s service

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Clap to Prince Andrew as he ‘tests positive for Covid’ and is forced to miss the main anniversary thanksgiving service at St Paul’s after being told to stay away from Trooping the Color today

Prince Andrew has tested positive for Covid-19 and will therefore no longer attend the Queen’s service at St Paul’s Cathedral tomorrow, Buckingham Palace said today.

The Duke of York is said to have seen his mother the Queen in recent days, but she tested negative – and he hasn’t seen her since the positive test.

Andrew, 62, was expected to join his royal relatives tomorrow at Thanksgiving service in London, despite no longer being a working member of the family.

But in a dramatic development just hours before the service, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said this afternoon: “After conducting a routine test, The Duke has tested positive for Covid and will regretfully not be attending the service tomorrow.”

Andrew was not on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the flypast today after the Queen restricted those appearing next to her to working members of her family.

Prince Andrew was pictured in Windsor yesterday on the eve of the anniversary celebrations

The Queen and Prince Andrew on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London in June 2019

The Queen and Prince Andrew on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London in June 2019

It meant there was no place for the shamed Duke of York at today’s celebrations, not even in a personal capacity, to show how far the Queen’s son has fallen from grace.

The disgraced second son of the monarch stepped out of public life following the furor over his friendship with pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, paying millions to settle a civil case over a woman he claimed never to have met.

However, Andrew was expected to go to St Paul’s tomorrow, along with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who were also banned from being on the balcony today.

Andrew was kicked out of the working monarchy and no longer uses his HRH style after Epstein traded Virginia Giuffre accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 17. The Duke has always vehemently denied the claims.

Members of the Royal Family - with the exception of Prince Andrew - join the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace today to watch the Platinum Jubilee fly pass as the celebrations begin

Members of the Royal Family – with the exception of Prince Andrew – join the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace today to watch the Platinum Jubilee fly pass as the celebrations begin

Andrew was due to attend tomorrow's service at St Paul's Cathedral in London (file image)

Andrew was due to attend tomorrow’s service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London (file image)

Today, a delighted queen took center stage in her historic celebrations as she greeted the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, surrounded by her family.

Huge cheers erupted from the thousands of well-wishers who gathered at The Mall in London as the monarch stepped forward for the special flypast after Trooping the Colour.

The 96-year-old Sovereign, who wore sunglasses, looked cheerful as she surveyed the patriotic scenes and smiled broadly as she enjoyed the plane.

It was the second of two appearances by the monarch on the balcony today – the start of the special extended anniversary weekend marking her 70th anniversary.

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