Her Majesty welcomed the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Wednesday.
After arriving and shaking hands, Sturgeon discussed a number of gifts he brought for the monarch, who recently celebrated her Platinum Jubilee.
The 96-year-old laughed when she saw the bottle of whisky, an edition of Johnnie Walker Blue Label ‘The Rare Side of Scotland Timorous Beasties’.
Sturgeon explained that the bottle, which retails for £235 ($415), and its packaging are designed to represent Scotland’s flora and fauna.
The queen is known to enjoy a shot of whiskey, but gin is believed to be her favorite drink.
Scotland’s leader also presented the Queen with a blanket featuring a specially designed tartan and a framed graphic showing the expected landscape design of 70 native trees planted in the nearby park.
Her Majesty wore a blue and pink floral dress, which complemented Sturgeon’s fuchsia dress and jacket ensemble.
The monarch accessorized with her three-strand pearl necklace, her pearl and diamond earrings, and a brooch.
Queen Elizabeth also held an audience with Alison Johnstone MSP, Speaker of the Scottish Parliament.
The meetings come just a day after Sturgeon announced plans for a second Scottish independence referendum to be held in October 2023. The previous vote was held in 2014.
It is understood that even if Scotland votes to become an independent country, the plan is to keep the Queen as head of state.
Returning to Scotland after attending the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, among other Platinum Jubilee events, Sturgeon described Her Majesty as a “quite extraordinary individual” but refused to take the oath of allegiance to the monarch.
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