The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Edinburgh at the start of a six-day visit to Scotland on this day in 1952, her first visit to Scotland after her Accession which was heralded as ‘for the first time in over half a century, Scotland welcomes a reigning Queen.’ The Queen was presented with the keys of the city by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh on her arrival at Princes Street Station, Edinburgh, the Court went into Residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Queen visited the Scottish Craft Centre, received Scots veterans of the ‘Wet Review’ of 1881, when the entire company was drenched whilst receiving Queen Victoria. The Queen also presided over the annual Service of the Order of the Thistle at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
The Queen (wearing the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara) also attended a Ball given by the Royal Company of Archers at the Royal Archers Hall in Edinburgh, which was the first official function attended by the Queen since coming out of mourning after her father’s death.
The end of the Queen’s stay in Scotland was marked by a Concert at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, after which the Queen (in the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara) met country dancers.
The Queen arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh yesterday for the annual Holyrood Week, though her attendance at any of this week’s events is not guaranteed. The Queen’s week began with the Ceremony of the Keys, followed by the Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade.