Queen Elizabeth has made his second public appearance in Scotland in as many days.
After the 96-year-old man participated in the ancient Ceremony of the Keys to start the Royal Week on Monday, the monarch attended an armed forces fealty ceremony in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Tuesday.
It was an opportunity for the Scottish Armed Forces to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and thank the monarch for her 70 years of service.
In addition to the jubilee, the parade also marked the 200th anniversary of George IV’s visit to Scotland.
Her Majesty looked lovely in a lavender wrap dress and matching hat, a wide smile on her face the entire time.
The 96-year-old monarch, who has been suffering from mobility problems for the past few months, was seen with a cane in hand during the ceremony.
The three arms of the forces paraded along with the service cadets.
The Royal Marines Scotland Band and the Royal Regiment of Scotland bagpipes and drums provided the music.
The royal greeting took place when His Majesty entered the gardens from the equerry’s door.
The Lord Lyon King of Arms then presented the Queen with three senior representatives from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force in Scotland.
Three cadets, representing each service, paraded the key to Edinburgh Castle through the gardens, to Major General Alastair Bruce de Crionaich, Governor of Edinburgh Castle.
“We, the serving members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, bound by our oath to you, her heirs and successors, offer for your gracious acceptance the key to Her Majesty’s Royal Castle at Edinburgh,” the Governor told the Queen. .
The Queen responded according to tradition.
“I return this key to the safekeeping of my Governor of Edinburgh Castle, in gratitude for the symbolic act of loyalty of our armed forces, trusting their faithful loyalty to their oath,” he said.
The key was returned to the great hall with a new marker added to the chain to represent its formal presentation to Her Majesty.
Following the ceremony, the Queen held an audience inside the Palace of Holyroodhouse, presenting the Queen’s Medal for Music to John Wallace, in the presence of Judith Weir, Queen’s Master of Music.
The Queen’s appearance came a day after senior members of the royal family, including Prince William, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, traveled to Scotland for the annual tradition.
Prince Edward and Sophie, known as the Earl and Countess of Forfar when in Scotland, visited Moray for a day of engagements on Tuesday.
The trip began with a visit to Gordonstoun School, where Prince Edward’s father, the Duke of Edingburgh, went to school.
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