The Queen will open the Scottish parliament today at 11 AM

The Queen will open the Scottish parliament today at 11 AM

The Queen will officially open the new session of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood at 11:00 am on Saturday.

Her Majesty will be joined at the ceremony by Prince Charles and Camilla, The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay.

As at the last opening in 2016, The British monarch will be greeted by Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The event, which begins at 11:00, is being heralded as a tribute to “local heroes” for their work in the community during the pandemic.

The Queen and the Scottish Parliament have a long history

During the ceremony, Her Majesty will address MSPs gathered in the debating chamber.

Ms Sturgeon and the Scottish Parliament’s presiding officer Alison Johnstone will welcome the Royal party at what will be the sixth opening of the parliament since 1999.

Due to ongoing Covid restrictions, only invited guests will be able to attend.

Scottish Parliament clerk Rea Cris will carry the mace ahead of Her Majesty as she enters the debating chamber.

The mace is part of the parliament’s history and tradition, but the principles engraved on the mace continue to inspire our work today.

The event will be shown live on the BBC One Scotland channel from 11:00.

Last month The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have been given a tour of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

The museum was celebrating its 120th anniversary and the couple, known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, met staff and local children.

The prince and duchess also met officials organising the COP26 summit.

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