BRITAIN’s photos of the week: scenic Scotland

    As the Queen visits Scotland for the annual Holyrood Week, we take a look at some of Scotland’s most beautiful and iconic sights…

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    Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive for a garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Credit: PA Images

    Each year from the end of June to the beginning of July The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh undertake a variety of engagements in Scotland to celebrate Scottish culture, history and achievement. This event is known as ‘Holyrood Week’.

    The week begins with the Ceremony of the Keys, at which The Queen is received in the city of Edinburgh by the City Chamberlain. Her Majesty is given the keys of the city and is welcomed to ‘your ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland’.

    An Investiture ceremony is held in the Great Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to enable Scottish residents recognised in the twice-yearly Honours List to collect their honours from Her Majesty in their home country.

    The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh also entertain around 8,000 guests from all walks of Scottish life at a Garden Party in the spectacular grounds of the Palace, at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

    Download your free Homecoming Scotland 2014 guide

    This year Holyrood Week coincides with Homecoming Scotland 2014, a year-long programme of events and activities to showcase all that’s great about Scotland, including, of course, the XX Commonwealth Games (23 July-3 August) and golf’s Ryder Cup (23-28 September).

    Scroll down our gallery below to see some of the beautiful and iconic sights that this great nation has to offer.

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    Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. Credit: VisitBritain/Britain on View
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    Edinburgh Castle. Credit: VisitBritain/Simon Winnall
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    A pipe band march at the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Credit: VisitBritain/Pawel Libera
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    Fair at Hogmanay, Edinburgh. Credit: VisitBritain/Gareth Easton
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    Carn Eilrig peak and Gleann Einich. Credit: VisitBritain/Joe Cornish
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    The railway viaduct, Glenfinnan. Credit: VisitBritain/Joe Cornish
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    The railway viaduct at Glenfinnan has appeared in the Harry Potter films. Credit: VisitBritain/Joe Cornish
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    Uig, Isle of Skye. Credit: VisitBritain/Britain on View
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    The Storr, Isle of Skye. Credit: VisitBritain/Adam Burton
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    Loch Leven. Credit: VisitBritain/Joe Cornish
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    Loch Lomond. Credit: VisitBritain/Adam Burton
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    Loch Ness. Credit: VisitBritain/Joe Cornish
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    Forth Bridge, South Queensferry. Credit: VisitBritain/Britain on View
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    Rannoch Moor. Credit: VisitBritain/Adam Burton
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    The Standing Stones of Callanish, Isle of Lewis. Credit: VisitBritain/Britain on View

    Download your Homecoming Scotland 2014 Guide here

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