Her Majesty The Queen has arrived in Scotland for Holyrood Week, their annual week of engagements in the country. She arrived by train at Edinburgh Waverly Station. Holyrood Week always begin on the forecourt of Holyrood Palace with the Ceremony of the Keys. Her Majesty is welcomed into the city of Edinburgh by the Lord Provost, who offers her the keys of the city.
Her Majesty opened the fifth session of Scottish Parliament, with a speech,
“It is a pleasure to be invited to address you on this special occasion to mark the opening of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament.
Members of the Scottish Parliament, occasions such as today are rightly a time for hope and optimism. The beginning of this new session in particular brings with it a real sense of renewal, with your largest intake of new Members since 1999. For me, it also brings an echo of the excitement and enthusiasm I encountered that year , when many of the then MSPs — and I am pleased to note quite a number of you are still serving today — set out on a collective journey in Scottish public service.”
Next week the engagements will include a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Monday, an Investiture and a Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Tuesday. They will be accompanied by the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal at the Garden Party. On Wednesday Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh will undertake four engagements in Dundee. On Thursday the Thistle Service will take place at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. Her Majesty will be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, The Earl of Strathearn and the Princess Royal. On Friday, the last day of Holyrood Week, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh will undertake 2 engagements in Edinburgh and Musselburgh.