Queen to embrace Scottish ‘ethos’ for Holyrood Speech ‘clear and major challenges ahead’


QUEEN Elizabeth has captured the “ethos and spirit” of Scotland ahead of the monarch’s speech at the opening of Holyrood, according to a leading Scottish historian.

He said the Queen had “captured that spirit, that ethos of the way people up here like these done.”

The historian continued it would be “highly unlikely” that the monarch’s speech contained any other than a “continued commendation” of the Scottish Parliament.

Sir Tom added that the Queen would make a point of telling MSPs they are doing a “good job.”

Queen will address Holyrood's MSPs

Queen will address Holyrood’s MSPs (Image: Getty)

The Queen during an audience with Nicola Sturgeon in July

The Queen during an audience with Nicola Sturgeon in July (Image: Getty)

“But there are obviously clear and major challenges ahead,” added the professor.

Her majesty will meet party and parliamentary leaders at a garden reception ahead of the ceremony, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

After the ceremony, the Queen, Charles and Camilla will meet Scots who have been recognised for their contribution to communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It comes after the Queen and the Prince of Wales have planted a tree at Balmoral Castle on Friday as part of a special initiative marking her Platinum Jubilee.

Prince Charles joked “let’s hope it will survive” as the monarch and heir to the throne poured soil around a copper beech sapling on the Aberdeenshire estate.

School pupils from nearby Crathie Primary joined the royals on Friday morning, and handed the Queen a specially made card to mark the end of her traditional summer break at her beloved Scottish residence.

The monarch thanked them for the “very kind” gesture after being presented with the card by Annie Hutchin, aged “six and a half”, and Skye Jones, nine.

Annie said afterwards: “She asked how we made it and said we did a lovely job.”

Queen to address Nicola Sturgeon and MSPs in key speech (Image: Getty)

She added: “I’ve never been near the Queen before in person and it felt quite strange, because she’s one of the most famous people in the world, but it was pretty cool.

“I never thought I would meet her.”

The Queen and Charles, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, talked with to children, who showed off their nature projects as part of the QGC initiative, after exploring woods in the Balmoral grounds.


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