The Queen has joined Prince Charles for her second major public appearance of Holyrood Week at a unique military event at her Edinburgh palace.
Over 300 officers and archers from the Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland took part in the Reddendo parade, watched by her Majesty and her eldest son, the heir to the throne.
The Royal Company of Archers acts as the Sovereign’s ceremonial Body Guard for Scotland, a role created in 1822 during a visit to Scotland by King George V.
Her Majesty is in the Scottish capital for Holyrood Week and took part in the Key ceremony on Monday†
The 96 year old too met with Nicola Sturgeon on Wednesdaya day after Scotland’s first minister proposed a date for a new referendum on Scottish independence.
They spoke at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
The monarch is struggling with persistent mobility problems and has been seen with a stick or sat down during recent public appearances†
On Thursday, the Queen, dressed in a cornflower blue suit and matching hat, arrived at the Equerry’s Door along with Prince Charles, who is also known by his title Duke of Rothesay when he was in Scotland.
The couple, appearing cheerfully, were greeted in the garden by the Captain General of the Royal Company of Archers, the Duke of Buccleuch, before receiving a royal salute.
The event marks the largest gathering of the Sovereign Body Guard in history with an expected 25 officers and 298 archers.
The Prince of Wales, along with the parade commander, inspected the Royal Company and the Queen was presented with a Reddendo, a gift from the officers and archers to mark the bicentenary of the Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland.
In previous centuries, the Reddendo presented to the monarch was a pair of arrows on a velvet pillow.
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But on the three occasions that Queen Elizabeth II received the gift, it has been replaced by more practical items — a brooch in 1952, a glass vase in 1976, and a pencil holder in 2006.
The Reddendo is presented in the traditional words spoken by the Captain General: “According to our ancient Charter, I present to Your Majesty the Reddendo, desiring that Your Majesty may have mercy on Your royal countenance and recognition of all the ancient rights and privileges of the Royal Company of Archers, Your Majesty’s Body Guard for Scotland.”
On Tuesday, the monarch met members of the armed forces in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, during a parade of loyalty to mark her traditional visit to Scotland and her platinum anniversary.