Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, & Princess Anne’s 2021 Scotland Trip Photos

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Every year in June or July, Queen Elizabeth spends a week visiting various regions in Scotland—known in the country as “Royal Week” and to some others as “Holyrood Week.” Though last year’s Royal Week was canceled due to the pandemic, this year’s event will proceed in full swing. Beginning on Monday, June 28, the Queen will stay at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the sovereign’s official Scotland residence, and tour the country. She will be joined by the Duke of Cambridge on Monday, and the Princess Royal on Wednesday and Thursday. The Duke of Cambridge has his own special connection to the country, as he also counts the Earl of Strathearn as one of his royal titles—he and the Duchess of Cambridge visited Scotland last month on their own tour.

Over the course of the week, the Queen will travel Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Stirling, and visit small businesses, charities, and cultural institutions that, as per Buckingham Palace, “highlight the pioneering work taking place to further community engagement, education, technology, and efforts to combat climate change.” Though the Queen also normally hosts thousands of guests for one of her famous garden parties at the Palace, this year’s event has been canceled, due to governmental COVID-19 guidelines.

Though the event will not have the same grandeur of years past, it is shaping up to be a busy week for Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, and Princess Anne. Below, find all of the best photos of the royals during Holyrood Week 2021.

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June 30, 2021

The Queen visited Skypark in Glasgow to meet two companies working on space technology. Here, she viewed a nano-satellite. She noted, “That goes into space? It’s very small!”

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During her visit, the Queen also received a briefing from the UK Space Agency and learned about the data collected by the companies’ satellites while in orbit.

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Princess Anne joined her mother for Wednesday’s outings.

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The Queen unveiled a plaque in the AAC Clyde Space offices, one of the companies working on space technology.

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The Queen and Princess Anne paid a visit to The Children’s Wood Project in Glasgow. Children’s Wood is a local community organization that encourages people to connect to nature.

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The Queen and Princess Anne joined children roasting marshmallows and popping corn over a fire pit.

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The organization also has its own bee hives, which produce honey.

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The Queen was presented with her own pot of fresh honey from the local bees.

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Holding her new pot of honey, the Queen flashed a smile.

June 29, 2021

On Tuesday evening, the Queen opened the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders’ Museum during a visit to Stirling Castle, in Stirling, Scotland.

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Inside the museum, she unveiled a plaque, marking the opening.

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She also visited a number of the museum’s exhibits. Here, she observes a display on fragile organs.

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Also in attendance were a few individuals wearing traditional Scottish garb.

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At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Queen Elizabeth met with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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When Sturgeon arrived, the Queen commented on the long duration since her last visit to Scotland. She said, “It’s very nice to be back again. A year’s gap is incredible. We’re still rather distanced I’m afraid…you must be quite used to that.”

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She also spoke with Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Alison Johnstone.

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At a shipyard in Glasgow, Prince William toured construction on HMS Glasgow, the Royal Navy’s first City-class Type 26 frigate

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While touring the ship, Prince William noted that his late grandfather, Prince Philip, “would have been fascinated & excited” to see new skills and technology being showcased.

June 28, 2021

At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen walked alongside Major General Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, attending the annual Ceremony of the Keys. There, the Queen is welcomed to Edinburgh by the Lord Provost, who offers her the keys of the city.

June 28, 2021

Queen Elizabeth received the keys to the city of Edinburgh, as Prince William looked on.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince William began their Scotland trip with a visit to the Irn-Bru factory, a Scottish institution that produces carbonated soft drinks. The Queen watched as Prince William sampled the beverage.

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The Queen toured the factory, which is run by descendants of Robert Barr, the Irn-Bru founder. Barr started the company in 1875.

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The Queen signed a book in the Irn-Bru factory, marking the occasion of her visit.

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The Queen also spoke with factory workers.

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Prince William smiled, tasting Irn-Bru.

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During her Irn-Bru visit, the Queen received a white bouquet of flowers from company employees.

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