The Queen at the traditional ceremony in Scotland

The Queen at the traditional ceremony in Scotland

The Queen has been visiting Scotland in the summer for many years. There she took part in a major handover at Edinburgh.

Edinburgh. For the first time since her platinum anniversary, Queen Elizabeth II made a public appearance at an appointment. Britain’s Queen smiles in a powder blue suit as she is welcomed at the Keys ceremony in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh on Monday.

The emperor was symbolically given the keys to the city, which he then handed over to elected officials for safekeeping. The 96-year-old traditionally spends some of the summer in Scotland, where she has two residences: Balmoral Castle in the Highlands and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.

The Queen was joined by her youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife, Countess Sophie, at the reception. Heir to the throne Prince Charles and daughter Princess Anne are also expected to attend various events in Scotland soon. The second eldest son of the Queen, Prince Andrew, will go missing. He had largely withdrawn from public life due to his involvement in the sexual abuse scandal.

In early June, the Queen appeared three times on the balcony of her London residence, Buckingham Palace, during celebrations for her 70th birthday. Lakhs of people cheered the queen, who was overwhelmed by the welcome. The head of state has been battling mobility problems for months and has therefore repeatedly canceled official appointments. For their anniversary, Elizabeth promised that she would continue to serve the country as “supported by my family”.

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