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The Queen marks the start of Holyrood week with ancient ceremony

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh have arrived in Scotland and taken up residence at Holyroodhouse Palace, kicking off Holyrood week.

Holyrood week takes place each summer when The Queen, accompanied by Prince Philip travels to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, for a week of engagements. Holyrood week began with a traditional welcoming ritual, which saw thousands of well-wishers turn out to welcome their monarch.

Every year when The Queen heads north to Edinburgh, an ancient ceremony takes place which sees the 91-year-old monarch officially welcomed to her “ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland” and handed the keys to the city by Edinburgh Lord Provost Frank Ross. This symbolic handover is followed by The Queen returning the keys to the Lord Provost, thereby entrusting their safe keeping back into the hands of Edinburgh’s elected officials.

Following the ceremony of the keys, The Queen inspected a guard of honour from Balaklava Company, The Argyll and Sunderland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Music was provided by the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

This year Holyrood week will include a garden party at the palace, which will see thousands of The Queen’s Scottish subjects in attendance. It will also include an official visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “honour [The Queen’s} importance to Canada’s history”.

The Queen also has engagements at Falkirk and Stirling to name the new Queen Elizabeth II canal, Highland Spring to open a new factory and in Edinburgh, to present royal medals at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Prince Philip will join Her Majesty at Falkirk and Stirling and will also host the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Presentations at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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