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Tireless Queen returns to duty in Scotland

By Karrie Gillett

Published 01/07/2015

The Queen walks with guard commander Major Alastair Colville as they inspect a Guard of Honour from Fire Support Company, the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, during the ancient Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh
The Queen walks with guard commander Major Alastair Colville as they inspect a Guard of Honour from Fire Support Company, the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, during the ancient Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

The Queen may only be back from a gruelling State visit to Germany - but she's already back on duty.

Yesterday the tireless 89-year-old monarch took part in an ancient ceremony to formally receive her into the city of Edinburgh as Holyrood week - a celebration Scottish culture, history and achievement - gets under way. The annual Ceremony of the Keys saw the monarch handed the keys of the city and welcomed to "your ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland''.

She is symbolically offered the keys to the city by the Lord Provost. Tradition dictates that the monarch then returns them, entrusting their safekeeping to Edinburgh's elected officials.

The Queen's three-day trip to Germany last week included her first visit to the site of a former Nazi concentration camp, State dinners, a river cruise on a boat and a series of meetings with relatives and politicians.

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