Sun shines for Queen’s Garden Party at Holyrood

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It was a perfect day for a garden party as guests of the Queen soaked up the sunshine and enjoyed the atmosphere at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh invited around 8000 guests from across Scotland to the annual garden party, which takes place each year during Royal Week.

The Queen enjoys her party in the grounds of Holyrood Palace. Picture: Jane Barlow

The Queen enjoys her party in the grounds of Holyrood Palace. Picture: Jane Barlow

And as their guests enjoyed refreshments, the Queen – wearing an Edina Ronay pale blue dress coat and Angela Kelly hat – and Prince Philip walked around the grounds of the palace chatting to visitors.

First to meet the monarch was Margaret Miller from Springboig in Glasgow, who will celebrate her 104th birthday next month.

Mrs Miller, who is a double British Empire Medal holder and one of the original members of the Women’s Voluntary Service after joining in 1939, said: “This is the first time I’ve met the Queen. I’ve been at the garden party before but never met her and I was delighted to talk to her today.

“She congratulated me on my work and I was very honoured to meet her.”

Ahead of the event, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Professor Peter Higgs was among more than 70 people from all walks of life to receive honours from the Queen.

The acclaimed theoretical physicist was made a Companion of Honour for services to physics during an investiture ceremony at the palace.

Speaking after the event, Prof Higgs said: “It was quite a surprise to find I was first on the list and first in line, so I didn’t have anyone in front of me to imitate and make sure I got the movements right.

“It was the second time I have met the Queen to receive a medal and we exchanged recollections of having met before.”