THE Queen is to address the Scottish Parliament early in its new session, with an event on Saturday, July 2.
The MSPs elected on May 5 will meet for the first time on Thursday, May 12, but a day of ceremony and celebration to mark the fifth session of the parliament has been planned to coincide with Royal Week.
The day will start with the Crown of Scotland being carried down the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle before the Queen addresses MSPs in Holyrood’s debating chamber.
And there will be a traditional “riding” of the Royal Mile, involving about 2000 people selected to highlight achievements across every constituency and region in Scotland.
Visits from the Queen are a regular occurrence in the Capital, and as our pictures show they are always well-celebrated occasions.
She was all smiles in July 1981 when she paid a visit to the Trefoil centre for disabled children at Gogarbank, chatting to some of the youngsters as they showed off their ponies.
Way back in 1955, a young Elizabeth visited Fettes College, where she met head boy Hector Kirsop in the library.
She was here in October 1997 on ceremonial duties, attending a civil reception with Lord Provost Eric Milligan and St Giles’ Cathedral minister Gilleasbuig Macmillan.
In 1966, the Queen inspected bridles, saddles and halters at the St Cuthbert’s Transport Department in Edinburgh.
And in July 1975, she was joined by Lord Provost John Miller at the St James Centre during a visit to open New St Andrew’s House.