Queen in Scotland, 1953

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were in Scotland on this day 70 years ago, for a week long visit with a series of Parades, Services and Banquets, as well as a ‘Scottish Coronation’ Ceremony, as part of her Coronation Celebrations around Britain and the Commonwealth. King Charles and Queen Camilla will be in Scotland for their first post-Coronation visit next week.  

Upon arrival, the Queen (wearing her Williamson Pink Diamond Brooch) and Duke rode in an open carriage along Princes Street in Edinburgh to the Palace of Holyroodhouse for the Presentation of the Keys to the City of Edinburgh, and later rode in a carriage procession from the Palace to St. Giles’ Cathedral.

There was a ‘Scottish Coronation’ Ceremony at St Giles Cathedral, during which the Queen was presented with the Scottish Crown Jewels, before returning them into the care of the Duke of Hamilton.  

The Queen (wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Necklace, and Queen Victoria’s Pearl Earrings) and Duke of Edinburgh attended the Ball of the Royal Company of Archers at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, which was the 

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh also attended the Service of the Grand Order of the Thistle at St Giles Cathedral, and the Duke was in the uniform of the Colonel-in-Chief of the Cameron Highlanders for a ceremony in Edinburgh Castle.

On a visit to Glasgow, they received the magistrates of the City of Glasgow outside of the City Chambers, and the Queen reviewed the Guard of Honour of the 1st Battalion of the Glasgow Highlanders, during a Youth Rally at Hampden Park in Glasgow. The couple also waved to crowds from the balcony of the Town Hall in Hamilton, and the Queen visited the coal face at Rothes Colliery in Kircaldy in Fifeshire.


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