After her many Platinum Jubilee engagements earlier this month, Queen Elizabeth heading to Scotland for another week of royal ceremonies.
The monarch made an overnight journey on the Royal Train to Edinburgh, Scotland on Monday and will spend the next few days at her home there, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, as she and other members of the royal family attend various duties and celebrations. † The Queen attended the historic Key Ceremony Monday morning, wearing a light blue coat and matching hat while carrying a bouquet of flowers and the walking stick she has come to rely on in recent months due to ongoing mobility issues. During the ceremony, Queen Elizabeth was given the keys to the city of Edinburgh and welcomed into her ‘ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland’. The royal family was also joined at the event by her youngest son, Prince Edwardand his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex. While the monarch was handed the keys on a red velvet cushion, the Royal Highland Fusiliers and the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland gave a musical performance.
The ceremony marks the Royal Family’s first public appearance since her platinum anniversary, although she did receive guests at her home in Windsor Castle for the past week. The palace announced Monday that the Queen will also attend an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade in the gardens of Holyroodhouse on Tuesday. And this week the royal family is also organizing a garden party attended by prince charles† Princess Anne, Edward and Sophie, as well as an investiture ceremony for Scottish people who received the Queen’s honour. The monarch may also hold an audience with the Prime Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, but it has yet to be confirmed. As the Royal Family struggles with its mobility, Buckingham Palace can only confirm its presence a few hours prior to this event, as this is largely based on how Queen Elizabeth is feeling that day. Last week, however, a royal source confirmed that People that despite these recent health problems, the Queen is back in the saddle and riding after a short hiatus due to “discomfort”. They added: “At 96 years old, it is amazing that the Queen has been on her horse.”
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