Queen’s cousin jailed for sex assault at Glamis castle is free… to star in high society wedding
‘It was almost as if nothing had happened’: Queen’s cousin jailed for sex assault at Glamis castle is free… to star in high society wedding
- Simon Bowes-Lyon was pictured for first time since his prison release
- Attended younger brother Jock’s wedding in South Kensington, London
- Jailed in February last year for sexually assaulting woman, 26, at Glamis Castle
- Was believed to have been released in August last year after serving half of 10-month sentence
He was freed from jail only six months ago after serving time for a sex assault on a woman at his ancestral home, Glamis Castle.
But the disgrace of Simon Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore, appeared to have been forgotten as he was accepted back into society high circles at his younger brother Jock’s wedding.
The 35-year-old earl, a cousin of the Queen, was this week pictured for the first time since his release, at the ceremony at St Mary The Boltons church in South Kensington, London.
Smiling in his morning dress, he looked at ease as he posed for photos with the groom and others outside the church and mingled with guests from aristocratic and rock’n’roll dynasties alike.
Mingling: Simon Bowes-Lyon, second left, with his brother Jock, left, and best man Tassilo von Bismarck, right
One onlooker said: ‘Everyone seemed to greet him. Some did fist bumps because of Covid, but they all seemed chatty with him. It was almost as if nothing had happened.’
Georgia May Jagger, the model daughter of Rolling Stone singer Sir Mick, was a maid of honour at the nuptials of Jock and his socialite sweetheart Posy Brinkley on Wednesday.
Inside the church, which dates from 1850, Georgia, 30, gave a joint reading from The Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson with another guest.
Maid of honour: Georgia Jagger with bride Posy Brinkley
The best man was Tassilo von Bismarck, the younger brother of Count Nikolai von Bismarck, toyboy beau of supermodel Kate Moss. Nikolai was also a guest.
Other guests included another of Sir Mick’s daughters, the designer Jade Jagger, and Ella Richards, the granddaughter of Sir Mick’s Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards.
Simon Bowes-Lyon, known as Sam, is a first cousin twice removed of the Queen and a great-great-nephew of the late Queen Mother.
Guest: Georgia’s sister Jade Jagger
It was in February last year that he was jailed for sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman at his ancestral home, Glamis Castle.
He persuaded her to open a door before pushing her on to a bed and subjecting her to a drink-fuelled attack that lasted for 20 minutes. His ‘force, aggression and persistence’ left the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffering from nightmares and needing therapy, a court heard.
He pleaded guilty to the sexual assault which took place in February 2020 at his 16,500-acre estate near Forfar in Angus .
Handcuffed: Bowes-Lyon in February 2021
He was jailed for ten months at Dundee Sheriff Court with his name put on the register of sex offenders for ten years.
He had previously issued a public apology to his victim, but Sheriff Alistair Carmichael told him that there was no alternative to custody.
The aristocrat is understood to have been released from prison in August last year after serving half his sentence. A friend, who did not want to be named, said at the time: ‘As far as possible he wants to move on with his life.’
Where the assault took place: Glamis Castle