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Queen puts on brave face at NATO reception following bombshell Panorama interview on Prince Andrew ‘sex scandal’

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THE Queen put on a brave face at Buckingham Palace’s NATO reception – hours after Panorama’s bombshell interview with Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ accuser Virginia Roberts.

The monarch greeted US President Donald Trump and leaders from the alliance’s 29 member states before their official talks start on Wednesday.

 The Queen wore a matching jacket and dress in steel blue and teal with teal diamante embellishments and the Queen Mother's Palm Leaf brooch

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The Queen wore a matching jacket and dress in steel blue and teal with teal diamante embellishments and the Queen Mother’s Palm Leaf brooch
 She sat, surrounded by world leaders, for the NATO group pic at Buckingham Palace on December 3

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She sat, surrounded by world leaders, for the NATO group pic at Buckingham Palace on December 3Credit: AFP or licensors
 Donald Trump with the Queen tonight at Buckingham Palace

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Donald Trump with the Queen tonight at Buckingham Palace
 The Queen with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (centre) and Greece PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his wife Mareva Grabowski, at Buckingham Palace

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The Queen with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (centre) and Greece PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his wife Mareva Grabowski, at Buckingham Palace

The Queen wore a matching jacket and dress in steel blue and teal with teal diamante embellishments and the Queen Mother’s Palm Leaf brooch.

She spent time at the reception speaking to female leaders and first ladies, including Melania Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, before mingling with the rest of the leaders and their wives.

The Queen and other royals were out in force for the event, including the Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.

The Duke of Cambridge is away in the Middle East and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on a six-week break from royal engagements.

Donald Trump has previously boasted about having “automatic chemistry” with the Queen, and has praised her as a “spectacular woman”.

 The Queen spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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The Queen spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauCredit: Reuters
 Boris Johnson arriving at the December 3 reception in London

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Boris Johnson arriving at the December 3 reception in LondonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Inside Buckingham Palace tonight, Camilla shakes hands with US President Donald Trump, watched on by the Queen

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Inside Buckingham Palace tonight, Camilla shakes hands with US President Donald Trump, watched on by the Queen
 The Queen walking alongside Melania Trump in Buckingham Palace

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The Queen walking alongside Melania Trump in Buckingham Palace
 Trump pulls a funny face while sitting next to Prince Charles for the group photo

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Trump pulls a funny face while sitting next to Prince Charles for the group photoCredit: AFP or licensors
 Boris Johnson joined the Princess Royal and fellow leaders from around the world in the royal residence's grand State Rooms

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Boris Johnson joined the Princess Royal and fellow leaders from around the world in the royal residence’s grand State Rooms
 Prince Charles and Camilla watch as the Queen is introduced to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during tonight's reception at Buckingham Palace in London

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Prince Charles and Camilla watch as the Queen is introduced to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during tonight’s reception at Buckingham Palace in London

One notable exception was Prince Andrew.

His accuser, Virginia Roberts, claims she was told to ‘do for him what you do for Jeffrey Epstein’ in Monday’s bombshell television interview.

Speaking on BBC Panorama, Ms Roberts said she was trafficked by US billionaire Epstein and ordered to have sex with Prince Andrew at the age of 17.

Ms Roberts, now 35, says she was ‘passed around like a toy’ by US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his Brit socialite ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.

She alleges she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands as a 17-year-old in 2001.

ALLEGATIONS DENIED

The documentary also revealed:

Prince Andrew denies the allegations and claimed he has no recollection of ever meeting Ms Roberts in a BBC Newsnight interview last month.

But speaking to Panorama of the night they allegedly first had sex in London after dancing at Tramp nightclub, Ms Roberts said: “Ghislaine tells me I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey and that made me sick.

“I just didn’t expect it from royalty. I didn’t expect it from someone people look up to and admire.

“It didn’t last very long. The whole thing, procedure – it was disgusting.

“He got up and said thanks and walked out and I sat there in bed, I felt horrified and ashamed and dirty.

‘AT PIZZA EXPRESS’

“The next day Ghislaine pats me on the back and said ‘you made him really happy’.

“I had just been abused by a member of the Royal Family.

“I hadn’t been chained to a kitchen sink but these powerful people were my chains.”

Prince Andrew claims Ms Roberts’ account is “categorically untrue”.

He says he was at a Pizza Express in Woking on the night in question in March 2001 taking his daughter Princess Beatrice to a party.

The prince added that Ms Roberts’ claims that he sweated heavily could not have been true as a medical condition he had at the time meant he couldn’t sweat, after suffering an overdose of adrenalin during the Falklands War.

 The Duchess of Cambridge was among the many royals in attendance

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The Duchess of Cambridge was among the many royals in attendance
 The royals are out in force for the event, including the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra

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The royals are out in force for the event, including the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra
 Erdogan arrives with his wife Emine at Buckingham Palace, London, as NATO leaders gather

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Erdogan arrives with his wife Emine at Buckingham Palace, London, as NATO leaders gather
 Boris Johnson with French President Emmanuel Macron during the palace reception

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Boris Johnson with French President Emmanuel Macron during the palace reception
 A group pic was taken at the Buckingham Palace event, with the Queen taking centre stage

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A group pic was taken at the Buckingham Palace event, with the Queen taking centre stage
Virginia Giuffre tells BBC Panorama how Prince Andrew sweated ‘all over me’ but Jeffrey Epstein expected her to keep royal happy

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Queen puts on brave face at NATO reception following bombshell Panorama interview on Prince Andrew ‘sex scandal’

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THE Queen put on a brave face at Buckingham Palace’s NATO reception – hours after Panorama’s bombshell interview with Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ accuser Virginia Roberts.

The monarch greeted US President Donald Trump and leaders from the alliance’s 29 member states before their official talks start on Wednesday.

 The Queen wore a matching jacket and dress in steel blue and teal with teal diamante embellishments and the Queen Mother's Palm Leaf brooch

16

The Queen wore a matching jacket and dress in steel blue and teal with teal diamante embellishments and the Queen Mother’s Palm Leaf brooch
 She sat, surrounded by world leaders, for the NATO group pic at Buckingham Palace on December 3

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She sat, surrounded by world leaders, for the NATO group pic at Buckingham Palace on December 3Credit: AFP or licensors
 Donald Trump with the Queen tonight at Buckingham Palace

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Donald Trump with the Queen tonight at Buckingham Palace
 The Queen with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (centre) and Greece PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his wife Mareva Grabowski, at Buckingham Palace

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The Queen with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (centre) and Greece PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his wife Mareva Grabowski, at Buckingham Palace

The Queen wore a matching jacket and dress in steel blue and teal with teal diamante embellishments and the Queen Mother’s Palm Leaf brooch.

She spent time at the reception speaking to female leaders and first ladies, including Melania Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, before mingling with the rest of the leaders and their wives.

The Queen and other royals were out in force for the event, including the Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.

The Duke of Cambridge is away in the Middle East and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on a six-week break from royal engagements.

Donald Trump has previously boasted about having “automatic chemistry” with the Queen, and has praised her as a “spectacular woman”.

 The Queen spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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The Queen spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauCredit: Reuters
 Boris Johnson arriving at the December 3 reception in London

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Boris Johnson arriving at the December 3 reception in LondonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Inside Buckingham Palace tonight, Camilla shakes hands with US President Donald Trump, watched on by the Queen

16

Inside Buckingham Palace tonight, Camilla shakes hands with US President Donald Trump, watched on by the Queen
 The Queen walking alongside Melania Trump in Buckingham Palace

16

The Queen walking alongside Melania Trump in Buckingham Palace
 Trump pulls a funny face while sitting next to Prince Charles for the group photo

16

Trump pulls a funny face while sitting next to Prince Charles for the group photoCredit: AFP or licensors
 Boris Johnson joined the Princess Royal and fellow leaders from around the world in the royal residence's grand State Rooms

16

Boris Johnson joined the Princess Royal and fellow leaders from around the world in the royal residence’s grand State Rooms
 Prince Charles and Camilla watch as the Queen is introduced to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during tonight's reception at Buckingham Palace in London

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Prince Charles and Camilla watch as the Queen is introduced to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during tonight’s reception at Buckingham Palace in London

One notable exception was Prince Andrew.

His accuser, Virginia Roberts, claims she was told to ‘do for him what you do for Jeffrey Epstein’ in Monday’s bombshell television interview.

Speaking on BBC Panorama, Ms Roberts said she was trafficked by US billionaire Epstein and ordered to have sex with Prince Andrew at the age of 17.

Ms Roberts, now 35, says she was ‘passed around like a toy’ by US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his Brit socialite ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.

She alleges she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands as a 17-year-old in 2001.

ALLEGATIONS DENIED

The documentary also revealed:

Prince Andrew denies the allegations and claimed he has no recollection of ever meeting Ms Roberts in a BBC Newsnight interview last month.

But speaking to Panorama of the night they allegedly first had sex in London after dancing at Tramp nightclub, Ms Roberts said: “Ghislaine tells me I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey and that made me sick.

“I just didn’t expect it from royalty. I didn’t expect it from someone people look up to and admire.

“It didn’t last very long. The whole thing, procedure – it was disgusting.

“He got up and said thanks and walked out and I sat there in bed, I felt horrified and ashamed and dirty.

‘AT PIZZA EXPRESS’

“The next day Ghislaine pats me on the back and said ‘you made him really happy’.

“I had just been abused by a member of the Royal Family.

“I hadn’t been chained to a kitchen sink but these powerful people were my chains.”

Prince Andrew claims Ms Roberts’ account is “categorically untrue”.

He says he was at a Pizza Express in Woking on the night in question in March 2001 taking his daughter Princess Beatrice to a party.

The prince added that Ms Roberts’ claims that he sweated heavily could not have been true as a medical condition he had at the time meant he couldn’t sweat, after suffering an overdose of adrenalin during the Falklands War.

 The Duchess of Cambridge was among the many royals in attendance

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The Duchess of Cambridge was among the many royals in attendance
 The royals are out in force for the event, including the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra

16

The royals are out in force for the event, including the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra
 Erdogan arrives with his wife Emine at Buckingham Palace, London, as NATO leaders gather

16

Erdogan arrives with his wife Emine at Buckingham Palace, London, as NATO leaders gather
 Boris Johnson with French President Emmanuel Macron during the palace reception

16

Boris Johnson with French President Emmanuel Macron during the palace reception
 A group pic was taken at the Buckingham Palace event, with the Queen taking centre stage

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A group pic was taken at the Buckingham Palace event, with the Queen taking centre stage
Virginia Giuffre tells BBC Panorama how Prince Andrew sweated ‘all over me’ but Jeffrey Epstein expected her to keep royal happy

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Lewis Hamilton is a great Formula One driver and surely is our greatest champion 

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Lewis Hamilton is a man of many parts. Fashion designer, music maker, green evangelist. 

And what should he post to his 14million Instagram followers before Sunday night’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year bash but a picture of himself and ‘my brothers’ eating in the vegan restaurant he part owns in central London? They chomped four burgers each, he tells us.

Whether Hamilton shows up in Aberdeen for Sunday night’s overblown Beeb jamboree is still a secret guarded by his publicists, Freuds. Perhaps he has not decided even now. 

Lewis Hamilton is the bookies' favourite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Lewis Hamilton is the bookies' favourite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Lewis Hamilton is the bookies’ favourite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Hamilton doesn't enjoy annual award ceremonies and sometimes feels that he is picked on

Hamilton doesn't enjoy annual award ceremonies and sometimes feels that he is picked on

Hamilton doesn’t enjoy annual award ceremonies and sometimes feels that he is picked on

What is for certain is that he does not enjoy the roster of annual awards ceremonies and has ducked a couple of events in the last week, even those at which he has won the top prizes.

For all his social media presence, there is a shy man inside the extrovert and a sensitive one. He was hurt by the criticism that followed SPOTY last year, when he stumbled into calling his hometown of Stevenage a ‘slum’, a slip he immediately corrected but not fast enough to stop some local busybodies throwing a fit. 

He sometimes feels picked on. And it is not entirely paranoia, either. For Hamilton struggles to attract the level of undiluted acclaim in his homeland that his extravagant talents demand.

Looking at the SPOTY shortlist, Hamilton stands supreme in terms of what he has achieved

Looking at the SPOTY shortlist, Hamilton stands supreme in terms of what he has achieved

Looking at the SPOTY shortlist, Hamilton stands supreme in terms of what he has achieved

That might partly be because he is based in Monaco. But in moving to the principality, he is merely one in a long line of F1 plutocrats.

If you look at the SPOTY shortlist, he stands supreme in terms of achievement. Yes, Ben Stokes’ mastery and daring with the bat twice lit up the summer. 

He is the bookies’ favourite. But even leaving aside a few very pertinent questions about the all-rounder’s off-field behaviour, he has not bestridden his sport as its leading figure across a decade and a half. Meanwhile, Hamilton has made extraordinary deeds appear routine.

This season he cantered to a sixth Formula One world title. We shrugged our shoulders, almost, considering it but a milestone en route to the Holy Grail of the seven held by Michael Schumacher.

But now Hamilton, the self-forged winner from a Hertfordshire council estate, has won twice as many titles as any Briton ever. Sir Jackie Stewart has three. Jim Clark left us with two. 

This is a remarkable statement on Hamilton’s enduring talent, which we see continue beyond an age — 35 next month — at which Stewart, admittedly in a more dangerous era, had retired.

That Hamilton has won twice as many titles as any Briton is testament to his enduring quality

That Hamilton has won twice as many titles as any Briton is testament to his enduring quality

That Hamilton has won twice as many titles as any Briton is testament to his enduring quality

As he's dominated his sport for so long, it's time Hamilton is recognised for his achievements

As he's dominated his sport for so long, it's time Hamilton is recognised for his achievements

As he’s dominated his sport for so long, it’s time Hamilton is recognised for his achievements

Each win is filed away and the next one sought to prove himself afresh. It has carried Hamilton to 84 victories, seven short of Schumacher’s pinnacle. And unlike the German, he has not resorted to dirty tactics. He is not a rammer, but a sportsman.

Ah, but it’s all down to the car. Well, Mercedes have been the outstanding team of the hybrid era, yes, but for the last three seasons the Ferraris have often been as fast or faster than them. 

Indeed, it is my contention that had Hamilton been driving the red car against a Silver Arrow in 2017, 2018 and 2019, he would still be a six-time champion. Incidentally, he clinched his first title in 2008 in a McLaren that was also inferior to the Ferrari, an early indication of his gifts.

When we stand back, which other Briton for so long this century can claim to have dominated a truly global sport? Not Sir Andy Murray, outstanding though he has been. Sir Mo Farah? Perhaps. But it is time to see Lewis Hamilton accorded his due and to enjoy him while he still lays his feast before us.

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