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The Queen hopes to make her annual trip to Scotland for Holyrood Week but a decision will be made closer to that, Buckingham Palace said.

The monarch, 96, who is facing ongoing mobility issues, plans to stay at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh as other members of the royal family travel to Scotland en masse to perform shows engagements from June 27 to July 1.

In celebration of her Platinum Jubilee, the Queen pledged to continue serving as monarch “to the best of my ability supported by my family”.

Audience at Windsor Castle
The Queen received New South Wales Governor Margaret Beazley in an audience on Wednesday (Andrew Matthews/PA)

The Queen’s children The Prince of Wales, Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex – with the exception of the Duke of York, who is no longer on active duty – will join the Countess of Wessex in a series of pre-appearances. general public.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen is hoping to travel to Scotland to stay at Holyroodhouse Palace for Royal Week, although decisions will be made closer to that date.”

The Ancient Keys Ceremony takes place in the foyer of Holyroodhouse as part of Holyrood Week – also known as Royal Week – each summer.

As part of tradition, the king was given the keys to the city, but it is yet to be confirmed whether the Queen or another member of the royal family will attend the engagement.

The Queen was often symbolically given the keys to the city by Lord Provost, and tradition stipulates that she would then return them, leaving their safekeeping to the elected officials of Edinburgh.

The Queen visits Scotland for Holyrood Week
The Queen and Princess Royal during a visit to a community project in Glasgow during Holyrood Week in 2021 (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Anne will conduct the coronation on behalf of the Queen at Holyroodhouse on June 28.

On June 29, Charles – who is known in Scotland as the Duke of Rothesay – Edward, Sophie and Anne will entertain guests at a garden party at Holyroodhouse in recognition of their positive contributions. for communities across Scotland.

June 30 will see Charles attend the Queen’s Guard for Scotland Reddendo Parade in the palace’s gardens.

Charles and Anne will also attend the Thistle Festival at St Giles Church.

Edward will be celebrating in the garden at Holyroodhouse for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award winners from across Scotland on 1 July.

Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the Queen in Scotland and is located at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Road.


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