The Queen has travelled to Scotland 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 yesterday (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”.
The Royal Standard was raised as Her Majesty arrived to the sound of a Gun Salute from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle and a Guard of Honour by soldiers of the Royal Regiment of Scotland as well as her personal bodyguard supplied north of the border supplied by the Company of Archers.
And in keeping with tradition in a ceremony at the forecourt in Holyrood Palace was offered the keys of the city by the Lord Provost to official start Royal Week.
For the Army it’s a busy week supporting the Monarch as she engages with thousands of people from across Scotland in a series of events.
Receptions are held at Holyrood and there will also be a service at St Giles for members of the Order of The Thistle – one of the oldest orders of Chivalry and granted only to those of Scottish descent.