Queen Elizabeth II traveled to her official residence in Scotland to open a week of traditional events, in her first public engagement since her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
- The Queen has reduced her public appearances in recent months
- This has been attributed to trouble getting around.
- He has participated in the “Ceremony of the Keys” in an Edinburgh palace
The 96-year-old has cut back on his public appearances in recent months due to ongoing problems getting around.
He participated in the “Ceremony of the Keys” at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
He was symbolically offered the keys to the city and welcomed into his “ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland”.
Tradition dictates that she return them, entrusting their custody to the city’s elected officials.
A smiling Queen stood in the forecourt of the palace, a member of her retinue holding an umbrella above her head.
The monarch was joined by her youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife Sofia.
The Queen is expected to attend a military ceremony in the palace gardens on Tuesday local time.
The military parade will pay tribute to her role as head of the UK armed forces.
The visit comes three weeks after the Platinum Jubilee, which marked the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.
She only made a few appearances over the four-day holiday weekend, and officials said she experienced some “discomfort” during those events.
Prince Charles, his son and heir to the throne, has been gaining more public prominence in recent months.
He also participated in the events in Scotland along with other members of the royal family.