Royal butler guilty of child abuse

A former butler to Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother has admitted to child abuse offences.

Paul Kidd, 55, pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecent assault, six counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The offences were committed between 1974 and 1977, 1981 and 1983 – when he was senior footman to the Queen Mother – and 2005 to 2008.

It has emerged that he even introduced one of his victims, a boy of 14, to the Queen Mother during a Clarence House Christmas party.

A source told Metro: “Kidd introduced the boy as a friend and he spoke to the Queen Mother. This is the kind of thing he would do to impress his victims.”

The abuse came to light last year when one of the victims went to police after Kidd was quoted paying tribute to Princess Diana on the tenth anniversary of her death.

Two more men came forward but police believe “many more” may come to light following his conviction.

Kidd also admitted to 11 counts of making indecent images of a child and two counts of possessing indecent images of children.

He pleaded not guilty to two counts of making indecent images which were accepted by the Crown and ordered to lie on file. Charges of rape were dropped.

Kidd will be sentenced on November 20 after changing his plea to guilty ahead of a scheduled four-week trial.