On Friday, Her Majesty The Queen visited Greenfaulds High School in Cumbernauld, Scotland. The Queen travelled via the Royal Train, arriving at Croy Station.
Today Her Majesty The Queen is visiting Greenfaulds High School in Cumbernauld. ⁰@Greenfaulds_HS welcomes around 1,400 students from the surrounding areas of central Scotland, including Greenfaulds, Ravenswood, Condorrat, Westfield, Eastfield, Balloch and parts of Seafar. pic.twitter.com/E8kQigLAI7
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 28, 2019
Greenfaulds High School has over 1,400 students from the surrounding areas of central Scotland, including Greenfaulds, Ravenswood, Condorrat, Westfield, Eastfield, Balloch and parts of Seafar.
The school was established in 1971, but has recently moved into a new building. The site now includes multi-sport pitches and an international standard athletics track.
Her Majesty was welcomed to the school by pupils Hannah Russell and Breagha Miller in Gaelic. Later, Hannah told reporters, “I was nervous but it was an honour. Gaelic is really important to us, so to speak it to the Queen is a big honour. She made us feel really comfortable.”
The school if the centre for Gaelic Medium Education (GME) within North Lanarkshire Council. Around 90 students at Greenfaulds are studying Gaelic, and many more can take subjects like Geography, History and Art in Gaelic.
Elizabeth II was shown an exhibition about the school’s history, including information from previous head teachers and local historians, by the Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire and Lanarkshire.
The Queen enjoyed listening to the North Lanarkshire Schools’ Pipe Band, who recently brought Grand Central Station in New York to a standstill as they arrived in the city for the Tartan Day Parade! The band performed ‘Green Hills’, ‘Battles O’er’, ‘Scotland the Brave’ and ‘Rowan Tree’.
A highlight of the visit was for teacher Eileen McLoughlin; Eileen was retiring today after working at the school for 32 years, and The Queen presented her with a gift to say congratulations.
Greenfaulds High School has a partnership with Cumbernauld Amateur Athletics Club, where pupils can use the sports facilities. Through this partnership, several students have achieved national acclaim for their success in fiend and track events.
The Queen is beginning Holyrood week; Each year, she takes up a seven day residence in Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, and undertakes engagements in Scotland.
After Holyrood Palace, The Queen stays in Balmoral, Aberdeenshire, during the summer months, with many members of her family visiting her. Balmoral has been a residence of the British royal family since 1852, when the estate was purchased by Prince Albert. It remains the private property of the Royal Family and is not part of the Crown Estate.
The Monarch then returned to the palace, and was officially welcomed with the traditional ceremony of the keys. The Lord Provost of Edinburgh presents the keys of the City to The Queen, which is an ancient ceremony that happens every time the Sovereign visits the City. It recognises the good relationship between the Monarch and the people.
The Lord Provost says: “We, the Lord Provost and the members of the City of Edinburgh District Council, welcome Your Majesty to the capital city of your ancient & hereditary kingdom of Scotland and offer for your gracious acceptance the keys of Your Majesty’s good City of Edinburgh”.
Following this, Her Majesty says: “I return these keys, being perfectly convinced that they cannot be placed in better hands than those of the Lord Provost and Councillors of my good City of Edinburgh”. She returns the keys to the cushion.
The Queen additionally inspected the guard.