The Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II, landed in Scotland. The queen appeared at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Monday to commemorate the Ceremony of the Keys, which helped kick off Holyrood Week. Lord Provost Robert Aldridge symbolically presented the Queen with the keys to the city of Edinburgh at the occasion. The 96-year-old queen wore a baby blue jacket with a matching cap and cream gloves for the event. She was also seen carrying a cane and was given a bouquet of flowers upon her arrival.
Buckingham Palace said the queen would attend an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Tuesday to commemorate her Platinum Jubilee in Scotland and honour her role as Head of the United Kingdom Armed Forces. This week, the Palace of Holyroodhouse will also play host to an investiture and garden party and serve as the home base for the royal family’s engagements throughout Scotland.
This is the first time Queen Elizabeth has made a public appearance since her Platinum Jubilee festivities earlier this month. On June 21, she was pictured with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who awarded her with a Canterbury Cross in recognition of her contribution to the Church of England. “It was a great honour to present HM The Queen with the Canterbury Cross today as a sign of our gratitude for Her Majesty’s 70 years of unstinting service to the @churchofengland – and our love, loyalty and affection,” the Archbishop said in a tweet.
Recently, the palace released a new official portrait of the monarch to mark her platinum jubilee. Ranald Mackechnie shot the portrait of Her Majesty at the Victoria Vestibule at Windsor Castle on May 25 this year. He also shot the Queen’s portrait for her 90th birthday and one to mark the start of a new decade in 2020. Along with the painting, the Queen issued a statement stating, “Thank you to everyone who has been involved in convening communities, families, neighbours and friends to mark my Platinum Jubilee, in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth.”
“I know that many happy memories will be created at these festive occasions,” Her Majesty continued. “I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last seventy years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm.”