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Army in Scotland welcomes Her Majesty The Queen to Edinburgh

The Royal Standard has been raised in Scotland as Her Majesty The Queen arrived to the sound of a Gun Salute from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle.

A Guard of Honour by soldiers of Balaklava Company 5 SCOTS welcomed Her Majesty along with her personal bodyguard, supplied north of the border by the Royal Company of Archers.  

HM The Queen was accompanied by the Earl and Countess of Forfar - Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie - as they are known by their official titles in Scotland.

In keeping with tradition, the Queen was offered the Keys to Edinburgh by the Lord Provost, Robert Aldridge, in the presence of senior military and civic dignitaries, including Major General Alastair Bruce, Commodore Robert Ansley RN, Air Vice Marshall Ross Paterson, Chief Constable Sir Iain Livingston and Sheriff Principal Lothian and Borders Mhairi Stephen QC.  

For the Army it’s a busy week supporting the Monarch during the Royal Week, as she engages with thousands of people from across Scotland in a series of events.  

Receptions are held at Holyrood and there will also be a service at St Giles for members of the Order of The Thistle - one of the oldest orders of Chivalry and granted only to those of Scottish descent.

The salute at Edinburgh Castle was taken by Tom McClean – veteran explorer and former member of both the Parachute Regiment and the SAS.