Queen looks stern as she arrives at Palace ahead of Andrew accuser Panorama doc

The Queen has been pictured arriving at Buckingham Palace ahead of tonight's explosive interview with Virginia Giuffre, Prince Andrew's accuser.

Wearing dark sunglasses, she was seen looking stern as her car left Windsor Castle heading towards her main London residence.

Andrew was also pictured driving through Windsor today, ahead of tonight's interview which has threatened to blow the lid on Andrew's alleged encounters with a teenage sex slave.

Virginia, who claims she had an affair with the duke when she was a teenager, has spoken to the BBC's Panorama programme about allegedly being brought to London in 2001 by Jeffrey Epstein and his then-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.

In the investigation, airing tonight on BBC One at 9pm, Andrew's accuser describes his sweat "raining down on her" during their encounter at London's Tramp nightclub.

Andrew, 59, has categorically denied any suggestion of sex with underage teenage girls and claims he has no recollection of ever meeting Virginia, or of visiting the nightclub.

He claimed in last month's BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis that on the night in question he had been with his daughter Beatrice at a Pizza Express in Woking.

In the interview, he also said that at the time he was unable to sweat due to an overdose of adrenaline he suffered after being shot at during the Falklands War.

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Buckingham Palace has also described the accusations against Prince Andrew as "categorically untrue".

Virginia, whose surname was Roberts at the time, has claimed in court papers in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, under the state's age of consent.

Her allegations, which Andrew categorically denies, were struck from US civil court records in 2015 after a judge said they were "immaterial and impertinent".

The Queen has so far refused to comment on the scandal engulfing her son.

In the wake of the "car crash" interview, Daily Star Online reported that the Queen "believes Prince Andrew 100%".

But there are reports that Her Majesty is furious over the duke agreeing to the interview.

Last month, the Queen allegedly "kicked Prince Andrew out" of his private office at Buckingham Palace as he stepped back from many of his public duties.

The Queen has also reportedly axed her son's 60th birthday bash in the wake of the interview.

Andrew claimed in last month's BBC interview that he met Epstein through the disgraced financier Ghislaine Maxwell in 1999.

But in a 2011 letter about his friendship with the paedophile, one of the duke's aides said they met in the early 1990s.

Virginia has claimed she had sex with Andrew when she was 17 inside Maxwell's London townhouse in 2001.

She alleges it was the first of three sexual encounters between her and the duke, the others taking place in New York and on Epstein's Caribbean island.

Virginia also released a photograph of herself and the Prince together, which Andrew denied having any recollection of, and claims could have been doctored.

Andrew has insisted he never had sex with Virginia and does not even remember meeting her.

Virginia is the only one to go on record to verify her claims about Andrew specifically.

Epstein, who was found dead in his New York jail cell in August this year, was charged with sexually trafficking minors in Florida in 2007.

He negotiated a sweetheart deal for himself which involved pleading guilty in exchange for just one year of prison time.

After his release in 2010, Andrew then went to visit his former pal in New York, when a notorious photograph of the two together in Central Park was taken.

In his BBC interview in November, Andrew said he went to visit Epstein to end their friendship.

Buckingham Palace has branded all the allegations "false and without any foundation," stating: "Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors by the duke is categorically untrue."

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