Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Cambridge undertook a series of engagements in Scotland on Monday. This is the first time The Queen has visited Scotland since the death of The Duke of Edinburgh in April and she is visiting the country as part of Holyrood Week – the week which sees various members of The Royal Family undertake engagements across Scotland.
The Queen and Prince William paid a visit to the Irn Bru headquarters in Cumbernauld where Her Majesty opened the factory’s new process facility and also met employees. Prince William also tried a sample of Scotland’s most famous drink.
Irn Bru was launched in 1901 and has become one of Scotland’s most famous brands, often rivalling whisky as the nations favourite tipple.
Holyrood Week was cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic however The Queen is back in Scotland for 2021. Her Majesty is set to carry out a number of in person engagements over the next four days celebrating Scottish community, innovation and history. Her Majesty will reside at the Palace of Holyroodhouse during her stay in Scotland.
Continuing Covid restrictions have put a stop to some engagements. The traditional garden parties at the Palace will not take place in line with Government guidelines.
Following the visit to the Irn Bru headquarters, Her Majesty The Queen and Prince William attended the traditional Ceremony of the Keys upon their arrival to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Ahead of the visit to Scotland, The Royal Family social media channels made a series of posts emphasising The Queen’s long standing links with the country.
“Her Majesty is connected to Scotland by ancestry and deeply held affection. As well as spending family summers at Balmoral Castle, The Queen has visited almost every part of Scotland from the Outer Hebrides to Dumfries, meeting Scots from all walks of life.”