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As gestures of maternal support go, riding to church with your son in a Rolls-Royce the day after his convicted pedophile friend has killed himself in jail is a big one. 

But that was what the Queen did on Sunday morning, throwing a lifeline to her beleaguered (and favorite) son, Prince Andrew.