Royal visit: Details of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee engagements in Scotland

Diamond Jubilee: Queen Elizabeth will visit Scotland from July 2-6
Diamond Jubilee: Queen Elizabeth will visit Scotland from July 2-6©Jonathan Hordle/Rex Features

Details of the Queen's visit to Scotland as part of this year’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations have been released.

Her Royal Highness will travel around the country from July 2-6, accompanied by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, tying in with Holyrood Week which celebrates Scottish culture, history and achievement.

The royal couple will begin their visit north of the border with a trip to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, where the ancient Ceremony of the Keys will be held.

The Queen will be handed the keys to the city and welcomed to her “ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland” by the Lord Provost. Then, in keeping with tradition, the Queen will hand the keys back, entrusting their safekeeping to the city's elected officials.

Following the Edinburgh visit, the royal couple will then travel to Glasgow on Wednesday, July 4, where they will attend a Jubilee thanksgiving service held at Glasgow Cathedral, before they visit Clydebank and Greenock.

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, also known as Prince Philip, will then attend a thistle service and lunch as guest of Knights of the Thistle.

The order represents the highest honour in Scotland and is presented to Scots who have held public office or contributed in a particular way to national life, and the service is being held to celebrate the order, its history and its current members.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will then end their visit to Scotland with a trip to Perth, which was recently awarded city status as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, making it Scotland's seventh city.

Queen Elizabeth marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne on February 6 this year, kicking off a year of celebrations.

As well as her visit to Scotland, the Queen and other members of the Royal Family will attend many other local, national and international events.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in June is expected to be the focal point of the celebrations, with stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Shirley Bassie, Jessie J and Robbie Williams all performing for HRH.


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