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Her Majesty will be visiting Scotland between June 28 and July 1, a week in which the Queen traditionally visits the country to visit various organizations and meet people from all walks of life. During this week, the indefatigable 95-year-old will undertake a “range of engagements celebrating Scottish community, innovation and history,” the palace said.
During her visit, the Queen will stay at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, her official residence north of the border.
During his visit to Scotland, the monarch will not be alone, the palace noted.
On June 28, she will be joined by her grandson, Prince William, known in Scotland as the Earl of Strathearn.
Between June 30 and July 1, the Queen will be in the company of her daughter Princess Anne
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The Queen will visit Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling during her stay in Scotland.
It will address business owners, leaders of charitable organizations and staff of cultural institutions who will highlight the pioneering work underway to promote community engagement, education and technology in these areas. cities.
She will also learn more about Scotland’s efforts to tackle climate change.
Traditionally, Holyrood Week begins on the forecourt of Holyrood Palace with the Ceremony of the Keys, which officially welcomes the monarch to Edinburgh.
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During the week there is also an investiture ceremony and a garden party.
However, these events are unlikely to take place this year, given that restrictions against COVID-19 are still in place.
The Queen cherishes her week of commitments in Scotland and surely missed it last year, when she had to forgo her annual trip due to the pandemic.
The monarch’s tour of Scotland comes amid a war of words between London and Edinburgh and could be crucial in smoothing out relations across the border through the Queen’s soft diplomacy.
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Earlier this week, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon accused Michael Gove of “sneering and arrogant condescension” after the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster said there would be no second referendum on Scottish independence before the general election of 2024.
Ms Sturgeon also said Mr Gove’s remarks would only increase support for an independent Scotland.
The Queen may have chosen Prince William and Princess Anne to support her on the tour due to their ties to Scotland.
Last month, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge successfully carried out a lengthy visit to the country, which began with Prince William giving an impassioned speech in Scotland.
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At the opening ceremony of the Church of Scotland General Assembly, Prince William said the nation had experienced some of its happiest and saddest times.
He said: âI was in Balmoral when I was told my mother had passed away.
âStill in shock, I took refuge in Crathie Kirk’s ward that very morning.
“And in the dark days of mourning that followed, I found solace and solace in the Scottish outdoors.
“As a result, the connection I feel with Scotland will always be deep.
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“And yet alongside this painful memory, there is that of great joy.
“Because it was here in Scotland – twenty years ago this year – that I first met Catherine.”
Kate and Prince William also visited Scotland as part of their blitz tour by Royal Train in December.
Princess Anne also has close ties with Scotland and is the godmother of several organizations based in the country, including the Scottish Rugby Union.
The impact of her work with charities was recognized in Scotland in January last year, when she received an honorary degree from the University of Aberdeen.