It was confirmed this morning Monday 27 June that the Queen was well enough to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, for Royal Week.
What is Holyrood Week aka Royal Week?
The traditional Ceremony of the Keys marks the opening of the Royal Family’s Holyrood Week, otherwise known as Royal Week, in Scotland, as reported by the BBC. The Ceremony takes place on the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh.
Holyrood Week is an occasion for the Royal Family to recognise Scottish people who have made invaluable commitments to good causes and the community, and also celebrates Scottish culture, tradition, and achievement.
What is the Ceremony of the Keys?
During the ceremony, Her Majesty is symbolically offered the keys to the city of Edinburgh and welcomed to 'your ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland,' as reported by Sky News. According to tradition, she then gives them back, entrusting their safekeeping to Edinburgh's elected officials.
The Queen beamed in her first public appearance since the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, wearing a blue coat and hat, and using her walking stick. She was accompanied at the ceremony by her youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie.
What else is happening this week?
The Queen is expected to be in residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse until 1 July. On Tuesday 28 June, she will be present for an armed forces ceremony in the gardens of the palace, according to the BBC.
However, the Queen will not attend the annual garden party at the palace on Wednesday 29 June. Instead, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Sophie will host the event to acknowledge people who have made positive contributions to Scottish communities.