The Queen has urged Scottish MSPs to “help create a better, healthier future” by tackling the challenges of recent times ahead of the Cop26 conference.
She also spoke of the “deep and abiding affection” she and the late Duke of Edinburgh shared of Scotland as she formally opened the new session of the Scottish Parliament.
Accompanied by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen told MSPs that as the UK emerges from “adverse and uncertain times” there was an opportunity for “hope and optimism.”
The Queen said:
Speaking at Holyrood for the first time since the Philip’s death, she added:
In response to the Queen’s speech, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon thanked the Queen for being a “steadfast friend of our Parliament since its establishment in 1999.”
Nicola Sturgeon said:
The Queen, who has been on her annual break at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, then joined Charles and Camilla to meet Scots who have been recognised for their contribution to communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.