She may have cancelled an engagement at St Paul’s Cathedral last week due to “feeling under the weather” but Her Majesty The Queen was back on full form on Monday as she made her way to Edinburgh for the start of Holyrood Week.
The first port of call at the Palace of Holyroodhouse was for Her Majesty The Queen to take part in the Ceremony of the Keys where she was handed the keys to the city and welcomed by Edinburgh Lord Provost Frank Ross. The ceremony saw The Queen symbolically offered the keys to the city by the Lord Provost and tradition dictates that Her Majesty returns them – entrusting their safekeeping to Edinburgh’s elected officials.
A guard of honour was also formed at the Palace and awaited Her Majesty’s arrival. The Balaklava Company, The Argyll and Sunderland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland formed the Guard of Honour while Pipes and Drums were provided by The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland with music by the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
As usual, the ceremony took place on the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse – The Queen’s official residence in Scotland – where she will spend the next week.
Situated at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse has close associations with some of Scotland’s most well-known historical figures including Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. According to legend, Holyrood Abbey was founded by King David I of Scotland in 1128. In the present day, Royal Collection Trust is responsible for the opening of the Palace to the public on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.
The annual Holyrood week will see Her Majesty The Queen held an Investiture at the Palace as well as a Garden Party in the grounds. The Queen will also host a reception for the Royal Auxiliary Air Force 603 City of Edinburgh Squadron as well as attend the annual Order of the Thistle Service at St Giles Cathedral.