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