Today, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted a garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, celebrating the contributions of locals in their communities.
The Queen and Prince Philip were joined by Prince Andrew, and hosted around 8000 guests from across Scotland during the annual event in the grounds of the palace, which stands proudly at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
Guests enjoyed traditional garden party treats such as biscuits and tea, while enjoying music from regimental bands and The Royal Scottish Pipers Society.
Scotland’s county Provosts are required to nominate people they believe deserve to attend. The Provost of West Dunbartonshire, an area to the west of Glasgow, said: “The group invited to this year’s garden party have contributed a great deal to their communities and to West Dunbartonshire as a whole. This is just a small token of our appreciation for all that they do to enhance out area and support our residents. It was a special day for those who have been invited and I hope they enjoy every minute of it.”
Individuals who have served communities across Scotland are invited. An average of 27,000 cups of tea & 20,000 sandwiches are served. The parties date back to the 1860s, and the reign of Queen Victoria. Three are held in London, and one in Edinburgh each year.
The Sovereign and her consort arrived yesterday, where they participated in the traditional welcome ceremony, to kick off Holyrood week. Her Majesty also had an audience with Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, and the politician was also invited to today’s gathering.
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The crowds’ spirits were not dampened by the drizzle, as they waited to meet The Queen, a sea of bright hats and dresses.
Her Majesty met a range of people from many different backgrounds, including the Glasgow branch of the Women’s Royal Naval Service or ‘WRENS’. Some of whom served in WWII, ranging from 57 to 97 years of age. The Queen also met with Police Officer Scott Grahame and his family; Mr Grahame has served at Police Scotland for 30 years. It is this dutiful service to the community that these events aim to recognise.
Holyrood week will continue over the next few days, and will include an official visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.