A 27-year-old was attacked behind the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, in an area known locally as the Black Walk Path, at around 4.30am today [Easter Sunday].
He was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment. His condition has not been disclosed by police.
A large section of public ground around the Queen’s official Scottish Residence was cordoned off this morning whilst police searched the area for forensic evidence.
A police spokeswoman said, “Lothian and Borders Police is investigating a serious assault which took place earlier today in the vicinity of Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh. The victim, a 27-year-old man, is being treated for his injuries in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Emergency services were called to the area around 4.30am, and police are appealing for anyone who witnessed this assault on Black Walk Path, close to Queens Drive at the rear of Holyrood Palace, to contact them or Crimestoppers. In particular, they would like to contact a white man in his early 20s who may also be injured.”
The Queen occupies the Palace of Holyroodhouse when in Scotland in a n official capacity, she also stays there for one week in the year, called Holyrood week. Otherwise, she spends 6 weeks of the year during the summer, staying at Balmoral Castle, her private home in the Highlands.
The Queen was staying at Windsor Castle at the time of this incident, it is not known whether she has been informed of this.