British Queen Arrives in Scotland for Week of Royal Events

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Scotland on Monday, for a week of royal events with various family members. It marks the 96-year-old Queen’s first public appearance since her anniversary celebrations.


The British Queen, dressed in a dove-blue outfit, smiled as she was greeted Monday at the Ceremony of the Keys in the Scottish capital Edinburgh. The queen symbolically handed the keys to the city, which she, in turn, gave to elected representatives for safekeeping.

The 96-year-old Queen traditionally spends some summer time in Scotland, where she has two residences: Balmoral Castle in the Highlands and the Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

The Queen was joined at the welcoming ceremony by her youngest son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie. Heir apparent Prince Charles and daughter Princess Anne are also expected to visit Scotland soon for various events. The Queen’s second-oldest son, Prince Andrew, will not be absent. He largely withdrew from the public eye years ago due to his involvement in a sexual abuse scandal.

The Queen had appeared a total of three times on the balcony of her London residence Buckingham Palace in early June during the celebration of her 70th birthday on the throne. The head of state has been struggling with mobility problems for months and has therefore repeatedly cancelled official appointments.

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