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A Royally busy week

Every year, Her Majesty The Queen spends a week visiting various regions in Scotland to meet Scots from all walks of life. The 2016 Royal Week is now well underway and I wanted to share with you some photos from the week so far.

Also known as Holyrood Week, Edinburgh is showcased to the world’s media as the Queen welcomes thousands of people to her Holyrood Palace.

The busy week always begins on the forecourt of the Palace with the Ceremony of the Keys so on Friday, I welcomed the Queen to the city of Edinburgh, 'her ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland'. Her first duty was to inspect the troops and it was my role to offer her the keys to the city on behalf of the Council. 

On Saturday it was time for the Official Opening of the Scottish Parliament where the Queen addressed MSPs to launch the fifth session. Thousands of people turned out to take part in a colourful, historic Riding procession down the Royal Mile including community groups, local heroes, musicians and entertainers. It really was a fantastic day.

Tomorrow the engagements will continue. They will include an Investiture and a Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse tomorrow, where Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh will be accompanied by the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal. The Investiture recognises Scottish residents who have made a significant contribution to their society and recent recipients have included TV presenter Lorraine Kelly OBE and Emeritus Professor for theoretical physics Peter Higgs, who was made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour.

The Garden Party welcomes around 8,000 people from all over Scotland to spend a relaxed afternoon with the Royals in the beautiful grounds of the Palace. I’m keeping a close eye on the weather forecast and hoping the guests get the chance to see the Gardens at their prettiest, and driest! No matter the weather, the Party is always accompanied by music from regimental bands and The Royal Scottish Pipers Society who do a fantastic job and really add to the atmosphere.

On Thursday the Thistle Service will take place at St Giles’ Cathedral and on Friday, the last day of Royal Week, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh will undertake more engagements in Edinburgh and Musselburgh. It will provide a great contrast to last week's service at St Cuthbert's and the sadness of the commemorations for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Representing the city at such occasions is a real honour for me and I aim to do all I can to uphold and protect these traditions during my term as Lord Provost. Follow me on Twitter @LordProvostEdin and I promise to post lots of photos as I go!

Donald