Diamond Jubilee: Full itinerary of the Queen’s Royal visit to Scotland

The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, Prince William and Duchess Kate are getting ready for their Diamond Jubilee visit to Scotland next week.

Tying in with Holyrood Week which runs from July 2-6, the Royals will visit Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire during their five-day stint in the country.

The visit - one of many taking place in the UK and the Commonwealth - is being held to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, and is sure to create much hype and excitement around the country.

Holyrood Week is a particularly special time for the country, celebrating Scottish culture, history and achievement, so it is a fitting time for the Royals to make such a public trip up north. Read about all the planned activities and events below.

Monday July 2
On the first day of the Royal visit, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip) will attend the Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. During this ceremony, Her Majesty is handed the keys to the city and welcomed to her "ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland" by the Lord Provost.

Keeping with tradition, the Queen will then hand the keys back, entrusting their safekeeping to the city's elected officials.

Later that day, the Royal couple will visit the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in the city. The gallery re-opened in December after refurbishments and boasts 16 exhibitions and 24 events.

Then the Queen and Duke will attend the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards Presentations at the Palace of Holyrood House.

Tuesday July 3
On the second day of the Diamond Jubilee, The Queen is to hold an Investiture at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, before she is later joined by the Duke of Edinburgh to host a Garden Party at the palace.

Wednesday July 4
Wednesday will see the Queen and Duke travel to Glasgow, where they will begin the day with a Diamond Jubliee-themed Thanksgiving Service at Glasgow Cathedral.

After this, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will visit the city’s George Square, where an all-day street party is being hosted at the city centre location. A host of big name acts including the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, X Factor singer Gamu Nhengu and former Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall will entertain the crowds, as will Glasgow Youth Choir and St Paul’s Choir.

During their time at George Square, the Royal couple will meet local people who hold the Queen’s Award, and will also be shown vintage vehicles from throughout the Queen’s reign.

After the George Square street party, which is free for the public to attend, the Royal couple will visit St Margaret’s Hospice, before attending a lunch in the grounds of Our Holy Redeemer Primary School in Clydebank.

The Queen and Duke will then visit Cathcart Square, and formally open Greenock Municipal Buildings in Greenock.

Thursday July 5
Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who is known as the Countess of Strathearn while in Scotland, will join the Queen and the Duke for today’s engagements - something which is sure to be a big pull for crowds in the country. Ever since their wedding in April 2011, the couple have become hugely popular with the public and have been credited with revitalising the monarchy. Princess Anne, aka the Princess Royal, will also be in attendance on Thursday.

Today is a very special day for Prince William (the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland), who is being installed as a Knight of the Thistle, with the Royals attending the service at St Giles's Cathedral. The Royals will alos attend a special lunch as guests of the Knights of the Thistle.

Later in the day the Duke of Edinburgh will attend the Duke of Edinburgh Gold awards Presentations at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the city.

Friday July 6
On the final day of the Diamond Jubilee visit in Scotland, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will travel up to Perth, which was recently awarded city status to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen will be given the Keys to the City the Duke will receive the Freedom of the City.

Later in the day the Royal couple will visit the RHQ Black Watch Museum and Perth College, later enjoying a lunch at Scone Palace.


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