Armed Forces in Scotland take part in rare Act of Loyalty for The Queen

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Photographer: Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

The Armed Forces in Scotland have taken part in a rare Act of Loyalty for HM The Queen at Holyrood Palace this week to mark her Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen arrived in Scotland on Monday with Prince Edward and Sophie the Countess of Wessex for a traditional week of events north of the border.

The 96-year-old monarch, who has cut back on public engagements due to mobility issues, arrived in Edinburgh on Monday for the historic Ceremony of the Keys – the traditional opener to Holyrood week for the Royals.

The ceremony traditionally sees the monarch handed the keys of the city and welcomed to her “ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland”.

On Tuesday the Scottish Armed Forces took part in a rare Act of Loyalty for HM The Queen at Holyrood Palace to mark her Platinum Jubilee.

Reminiscent of the Act of Loyalty arranged in 1822 for the visit to Scotland by King George IV – the first to Scotland by a reigning monarch in almost 200 years – senior officers from the Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Airforce paraded in front of HM in the gardens of Holyrood Palace where the Keys to Edinburgh Castle were presented by the Governor, Major General Alastair Bruce.

Scottish Armed Forces take part in a rare Act of Loyalty for HM The Queen at Holyrood Palace. Photographer: Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Major General Bruce stated:

“We, representatives of all ranks in the Armed Forces serving in Scotland, bound by our Oath to serve Your Majesty, your heirs and successors, and marking the 200th anniversary of the presentation of the key to George IV in 1822 and this 70th anniversary of Your reign, I offer this key for your acceptance to your Royal Fortress of Edinburgh Castle.”

Her Majesty returned the key stating:

“I return the key to the safekeeping of My Governor of Edinburgh Castle, in gratitude for the symbolic Act of Loyalty of Our Armed Forces, confident of your faithful allegiance to your oath”.

Supported by The Band of The Royal Marines Scotland and the Pipes and Drums of The Royal Regiment of Scotland the ceremony also included other ranks from the three services as well as Sea, Army and Airforce Cadets.

The Senior Officers included Brigadier Andy Muddiman RM for the Royal Navy, Major General William Wright CBE for the Army and Air Vice Marshall Ross Paterson CB CBE ADC DL for the Royal Air Force.

Photographer: Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

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