Queen Elizabeth II dances an eightsome reel at the Royal Company of Archers' Ball in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, in 1966.
Queen Elizabeth II dances an eightsome reel at the Royal Company of Archers' Ball in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, in 1966.

Edinburgh Royal Visits: These are 22 fascinating pictures of the Queen visiting the Capital over the years

The Queen has always had a special relationship with Scotland and, during her Platinum Jubilee year, we take a look back at her regular trips to the Capital.

Monday, 27th June 2022, 3:05 pm

Her Majesty the Queen’s ties with Scotland are in her DNA, as she is descended directly from James VI of Scotland through her father King George VI.

Meanwhile, on her mother’s side, she can trace her ancestry through generations of Scottish nobility back to the 14th century and Sir John Lyon, Thane of Glamis, who married King Robert II’s daughter.

And Glamis Castle was the ancestral home of the Queen Mother, as well as being the birthplace of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, who was the first royal baby to be born in Scotland since 1600.

During childhood and throughout her reign the Queen has spent plenty of time in Scotland, using the ancient royal palace of Holyroodhouse when in residence in Edinburgh.

But she has particular affection for her beloved family home of Balmoral, in Aberdeenshire, which was created by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as the royal family’s private retreat.

She was also said to be particularly fond of the the Royal Yacht Britannia which she launched at John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank on April 16, 1953.

The boat was used for many trips around the world until it was decommisioned in 1997, later becoming a tourist attraction in Edinburgh’s Leith.

Here are 22 pictures of some of the Queen’s visits to Edinburgh through the years.

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