The Queen

The Queen takes a morning stroll with a duck called Olive in Edinburgh



Holyrood Week is coming to an end for The Queen, as she enjoyed her last day in Scotland taking a stroll alongside a duck.

Her Majesty was up bright and early on Thursday for a visit to Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh.

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The farm was a waste depot until the 1930s, and later a civil defence training area during the war – it has now been transformed into an outdoor resources centre, educating the public about farming & food production.

The farm grows a range of fruit and veg, and even supplies some local shops and restaurants with its produce.

As part of her visit, the 93-year-old monarch met some of the animals living on the farm which includes cattle, pigs, sheep and goats, and even bearded dragons.

But it was a duck named Olive who stole the show as she walked alongside The Queen.

Her Majesty looked delighted as the small bird waddled beside her, although there was a slight breach of royal protocol when Olive stepped in front of The Queen.

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Before departing the farm, Her Majesty unveiled a plaque, signed the visitors’ book and received a posy.

Gorgie City Farm is located two miles from Central Edinburgh.  It was a waste depot by the Edinburgh Corporation until the 1930s, before being left derelict.

In 1977, a community group started work clearing the site. There were plans to develop the site for housing or for a school, but local people insisted green space was the priority and the City farm opened to the public in 1982. Ever since it has been a working farm, selling lambs, pork, eggs, vegetables and manure to raise some of its running costs, and visited by tens of thousands of visitors every year.