Crowds queued up en masse for a chance to see the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, as the Royals visited Glasgow yesterday as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
Excited locals waved Union Jack flags and excitedly held up their cameras in the hope of grabbing a snap of the Royal couple, as they made their way around the city’s landmarks.
One of the main parts of the day was a visit to the city’s George Square, where a street party was being staged, with performances from stars including former X Factor hopeful Gamu Nhengu, and Glasgow Youth Choir and members of St Paul’s Primary School also sang throughout the George Square visit.
During their George Square visit, the Queen and Duke also met a number of locals who hold the Queen’s Award, for example for voluntary work they have carried out in their communities, as well as being shown a montage of photos from Royal visits to Glasgow over the last 60 years and a selection of vintage vehicles from throughout the Queen’s reign.
The street party was due to carry on until the early evening, but unfortunately extremely heavy rain in Glasgow meant that the final performances of the day from Hue and Cry and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers had to be cancelled.
A Glasgow City Council spokesperson told STV: “A substantial amount of rain was collecting on the stage and this posed a health and safety issue due to nearby electrics.”
Of course the George Street party was just one place the Royals visited yesterday. Their day began with an Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving at Glasgow Cathedral.
Trumpeters sounded a fanfare, before a Royal procession made its way up the central aisle, before Dr Laurence Whitley conducted the service, which was attended by leading religious, military and political figures including First Minister Alex Salmond.
In the afternoon the Royals travelled to St Margaret's Hospice in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. The hospice has provided care to patients with terminals illnesses and elderly people with complex medical needs for almost 60 years.
The Queen and Duke then attended a lunch in the grounds of Our Holy Redeemer Primary School in the town, before visiting Greenock for the official opening of Inverclyde Council's new £2m customer service centre at Greenock Municipal Buildings.
Today (July 5) the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be joined by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn while in Scotland) and Princess Anne in Edinburgh, where they will attend a Thistle Service at St Giles’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, for the installation of Prince William as a Knight of the Thistle.
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