Soldiers welcome The Queen for Royal Week in Scotland

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Photo credit: Mark Owens - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

Her Majesty the Queen has made her formal entry into Scotland this week with the Ceremony of the Keys in the Palace of Holyroodhouse in central Edinburgh, where she is presented the Keys to the City by Frank Ross, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh.

As part of the ceremony she was welcomed by 5th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, known as Balaklava Company, the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Pipes & Drums of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland. F Company, Scots Guards provided the Palace Guard.

Photo credit: Mark Owens – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

Holyrood Week, is the annual formal residence of the Queen in Edinburgh and a programme of visits takes place across the week while she is based there.

The Queen will visit various regions in Scotland, meeting Scots from all walks of life and hosting thousands at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in recognition of their good work. Known in Scotland as ‘Royal Week’, and to others as ‘Holyrood Week’, these visits celebrate Scottish culture, achievement and community. 

There is an Investiture during the week, held in the Great Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is located at the end of the Royal Mile in the centre of Edinburgh. The Investiture recognises Scottish residents who have made a significant contribution to their society. Recipients have included TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, OBE, and Emeritus Professor for theoretical physics, Peter Higgs, who was made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour.

A Garden Party is held, where The Queen welcomes people from all walks of Scottish life to spend a relaxed afternoon with her in the beautiful grounds of the Palace. The Queen proceeds down avenues, speaking to a random selection of guests. The Party is accompanied by music from regimental bands and The Royal Scottish Pipers Society. 

These avenues, and the ‘Grand Circle’, where The Queen reconvenes, are created by The Royal Company of Archers, who are The Queen’s official bodyguards in Scotland. Since 1822 the Company have been available for duty to The Sovereign anywhere in Scotland. 

Apart from these regular engagements, The Queen also undertakes a number of regional Scottish engagements which vary from year to year. In recent years she has visited the a housing development for disabled veterans; opened a Technology and Innovation Centre at The University of Strathclyde; and visited the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.

Photo credit: Mark Owens – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

Source: PAUL DUCKMANTON MOD

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