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The Queen receives keys to City of Edinburgh to start Holyrood Week


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The Queen has arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh to start the week of engagements that traditionally takes place at the start of summer.

Her Majesty’s arrival was only confirmed a few hours before her car drove into the Palace’s grounds. She was accompanied by the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Holyrood Week usually takes place at the end of June and includes a series of events as well as a garden party and in Investiture in the Scottish capital.

The Queen used a stick for the short walk from her to the place where she was officially welcomed to the Palace.

The traditional ceremony includes the presentation of the keys of the City of Edinburgh which are symbolically offered to Her Majesty by the Lord Provost as she is greeted with the words ”We, the Lord Provost and the members of the City of Edinburgh Council, welcome Your Majesty to the Capital City of your Ancient and Hereditary Kingdom of Scotland and offer for your gracious acceptance the Keys of Your Majesty’s good City of Edinburgh.”

The Queen smiled broadly as she accepted the keys with the traditional response of ”I return these keys being perfectly convinced that they cannot be placed in better hands than those of the Lord Provost and Councillors of my good City of Edinburgh.”

The keys are then handed back for safekeeping to the city’s officials.

The Queen was also presented with a posy of summer flowers including pale pink roses and light blue blooms, matched to her pale blue coat and hat.

Edward and Sophie, whose Scottish titles are the Earl and Countess of Forfar, were with her throughout the ceremony.

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Princess Royal are expected to join The Queen during Holyrood Week.

Buckingham Palace has already confirmed that Her Majesty expects to attend a special ceremony at Holyrood on June 28 2022 when the Armed Forces will pay tribute to her in her Platinum Jubilee year.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.