Queen’s cousin is jailed for 10 months for sex attack

The Queen’s playboy cousin was today jailed for yen months for at his ancestral home in the Highlands where the Queen Mother grew up.

Simon Bowes-Lyon, who was named in the top 50 of the UK’s most eligible bachelors by Tatler in 2019, has also been placed on the sex offenders register after abusing his victim, 26, at his Glamis Castle home in Scotland last February. 

The 19th and 6th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne was styled Lord Glamis until his father’s death in 2016 and among his famous friends are Made In Chelsea TV stars Hugo Taylor and Oliver Proudlock, Bryan Ferry’s son Otis and model and socialite Poppy Delevingne.  

He is a first cousin twice removed of Queen Elizabeth II, and a great-great-nephew of the late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. His family owns Glamis Castle and inherited a share of his father’s £40million estate. 

The current Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne found himself in the dock after he barged his way into the woman’s bedroom while she was sleeping during an event he was hosting at Glamis Castle – the childhood home of the Queen Mother and the home of Macbeth in William Shakespeare’s play.

Simon Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore, arrives at Dundee Sheriff Court where he was jailed for ten months for a sex attack

Simon Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore, arrives at Dundee Sheriff Court where he was jailed for ten months for a sex attack

He repeatedly grabbed his victim and told her he wanted to have an affair with her – although he is unmarried – during the drink-fuelled assault, which lasted more than 20 minutes. 

He is said to have tried to pull up her nightdress, and pushed her up against a wall and groped her bottom and genitals.

Bowes-Lyon was hosting a party for a luxury lifestyle magazine, where guests enjoyed gin tasting, helicopter rides, shooting and a tour of the castle.

His victim took pity on her attacker when she noticed no-one was talking to Bowes-Lyon during dinner and she engaged him in conversation, he then took her outside to show her one of his many classic cars.

The following evening there was a black tie dinner and, after the victim went to bed, Bowes-Lyon carried on drinking before arriving uninvited at her room at 1.20 am and carried out the attack on the woman, who cannot be named. He admitted the sexual assault at Dundee Sheriff Court and will be sentenced at a later date.

The nobleman and peer was styled Lord Glamis from 1987 until his father’s death in 2016. He is the eldest son of Michael ‘Mikey’ Bowes-Lyon, 18th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorn, and Isobel Weatherall. His parents divorced in 2004, and he succeeded his father in 2016. 

His father was known for his chequered relationships and struggles with alcohol. The former Scots Guards captain was considered to be ‘head of the Queen’s Scottish family’ and walked behind Prince Charles and Prince William at the Queen Mother’s funeral.


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