Her Majesty The Queen is hoping to make a trip to Scotland for her annual week-long stay at her residence in Edinburgh. The Queen hopes to be in residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse between Monday 27th June and Friday 1st July although a decision on the Monarch travelling will be made closer to the time.
This news comes as Buckingham Palace announced details of engagements in Scotland for Holyrood Week for other members of The Royal Family.
On Tuesday 28th June, The Princess Royal will conduct an investiture on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. On Wednesday 29th June, The Duke of Rothesay, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Forfar and The Princess Royal will host guests for a garden party at the palace. Guests in attendance will be recognised for their positive contributions to communities across Scotland.
On Thursday 30th June, The Duke of Rothesay will attend a Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland’s Reddendo Parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Later that day, both The Duke of Rothesay and The Princess Royal will attend the Thistle Service at St Giles Cathedral.
Finally, on Friday 1st July, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Forfar will host a Gold Award Celebration for Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holders from across Scotland in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
A traditional staple of Holyrood Week that takes place at its commencement is the Ceremony of the Keys which takes place on the forecourt of Holyroodhouse. During the ceremony, the Monarch is symbolically offered the keys to the city by the Lord Provost. It is unknown at this stage if Her Majesty The Queen will take part in this ceremony or if she will be represented by The Duke of Rothesay.
The Queen’s ongoing episodic mobility issues has forced Buckingham Palace into confirming her attendance at events either at the last minute or on the day itself. Her Majesty was forced to miss key events of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this month and did not attend any day of the recent Royal Ascot.