Sun shines on Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile for annual Riding of the Marches

Thousands turned out to celebrate the annual Riding of the Marches which took place in Edinburgh yesterday

Monday, 16th September 2019, 11:34 am
Sun shines on Edinburgh's annual Riding of the Marches

The Edinburgh Riding of the Marches commemorates the tradition of inspecting the city’s boundaries and re-enacts the Captain of the Trained Band’s return to the city with news of defeat at the Battle of Flodden in 1513. After the Union of Parliaments in 1707 the annual inspection ceased until 1946 when a ride was held to celebrate peace after the Second World War. It returned in 2009 and since then has become a popular family event in Edinburgh, as well as attracting hundreds of riders each year. All pictures by Neil Hanna

Over 200 horses traversed the ancient Royal Mile led by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, his city officers, The Deacon Convenor of the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh, Trades Officer, The Old Master and Lord Dean of Guild of the Merchants Company of Edinburgh
Edinburgh's annual Riding of the Marches returned in 2009 and since then has become a popular family event in Edinburgh, as well as attracting hundreds of riders each year
Entertainment from pipe bands and stunt riders was also available from around 1pm

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Entertainment from pipe bands and stunt riders was also available from around 1pm
Entertainment from pipe bands and stunt riders was also available from around 1pm
Over 200 horses traversed the ancient Royal Mile to the Mercat Cross, accompanied by several pipe bands
Entertainment from pipe bands and stunt riders was also available from around 1pm
The cavalcade of horses then reached the Mercat Cross where Lord Provost Frank Ross performed the annual ceremony.
The cavalcade of horses then reached the Mercat Cross where Lord Provost Frank Ross performed the annual ceremony
Edinburgh's annual Riding of the Marches returned in 2009 and since then has become a popular family event in Edinburgh, as well as attracting hundreds of riders each year
The Edinburgh Riding of the Marches commemorates the tradition of inspecting the citys boundaries and re-enacts the Captain of the Trained Bands return to the city with news of defeat at the Battle of Flodden in 1513
The Edinburgh Riding of the Marches commemorates the tradition of inspecting the citys boundaries and re-enacts the Captain of the Trained Bands return to the city with news of defeat at the Battle of Flodden in 1513
Over 200 horses traversed the ancient Royal Mile to the Mercat Cross, accompanied by several pipe bands and led by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, his city officers, The Deacon Convenor of the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh, Trades Officer, The Old Master and Lord Dean of Guild of the Merchants Company of Edinburgh
Over 200 horses traversed the ancient Royal Mile to the Mercat Cross, accompanied by several pipe bands and led by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, his city officers, The Deacon Convenor of the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh, Trades Officer, The Old Master and Lord Dean of Guild of the Merchants Company of Edinburgh.
Entertainment from pipe bands and stunt riders was also available from around 1pm
The Edinburgh Riding of the Marches returned in 2009 and since then has become a popular family event in Edinburgh, as well as attracting hundreds of riders each year
Starting at 9.30am at the Drum Farm Fields, the horses arrived at Holyrood Palace at around 3.20pm before travelling up the mile
Edinburgh's annual Riding of the Marches It returned in 2009 and since then has become a popular family event in Edinburgh, as well as attracting hundreds of riders each year
The cavalcade of horses then reached the Mercat Cross where Lord Provost Frank Ross performed the annual ceremony
Over 200 horses traversed the ancient Royal Mile to the Mercat Cross, led by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, his city officers, The Deacon Convenor of the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh, Trades Officer, The Old Master and Lord Dean of Guild of the Merchants Company of Edinburgh.
Starting at 9.30am at the Drum Farm Fields, the horses arrived at Holyrood Palace at around 3.20pm before travelling up the mile
Edinburgh's annual Riding of the Marches returned in 2009 and since then has become a popular family event in Edinburgh, as well as attracting hundreds of riders each year.
Edinburgh's annual Riding of the Marches returned in 2009 and since then has become a popular family event in Edinburgh, as well as attracting hundreds of riders each year
Edinburgh's annual Riding of the Marches returned in 2009 and since then has become a popular family event in Edinburgh, as well as attracting hundreds of riders each year
Edinburgh's annual Riding of the Marches returned in 2009 and since then has become a popular family event in Edinburgh, as well as attracting hundreds of riders each year