Prince Charles and his family in great shape for the return of the Scottish garden party at Holyrood Palace

Prince Charles and his family in great shape for the return of the Scottish garden party at Holyrood Palace

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Queen Elizabeth II has been residing at Holyrood Palace for a few days. Despite attending her official Scottish residence, the 96-year-old monarch did not appear at the garden party held in the gardens. She was able to count on the Prince of Wales, Princess Anne and the Countess of Wessex to represent her at this first garden party in Scotland since the pandemic.

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Return of the Scottish Garden Party to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Queen Elizabeth II regularly stays at her Balmoral Castle during her private holidays in Scotland, but she also stays for one week a year officially at Holyrood Palace, located in Edinburgh. Holyrood Palace is the Scottish equivalent of Buckingham Palace. For three days, Queen Elizabeth II has been respecting this tradition, arriving Monday, June 27 at Holyrood to carry out her Scottish Week.

On the third day of Scottish Week, the Queen’s children took over. This Wednesday, June 29, a garden party was organized at Holyrood. Tradition has it that one of the royal family’s summer garden parties, which are usually held at London’s Buckingham Palace, takes place in Scotland. Although Queen Elizabeth II was physically present at Holyrood, the 96-year-old monarch was highly unlikely to make an appearance.

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Garden parties are certainly the most complicated events to insure because they require standing for several hours. Members of the royal family have a habit of entertaining their guests. Garden parties had been canceled in recent years due to the health crisis. It was therefore the great return of the garden party at Holyrood.

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The three children of Queen Elizabeth II take part in the Scottish garden party

This Wednesday, it was Prince Charles, 73, Princess Anne, 71, and Prince Edward, 58, the three still active children of Elizabeth II, who represented the royal family to the Scots. Prince Edward was accompanied by his wife Sophie and Princess Anne by her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence.

The guests of the garden parties are citizens who have distinguished themselves in their community, active members of various associations and notables of the region. This year, personnel from the health sector were also invited.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall, is known in Scotland as the Duke of Rothesay. Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, makes use of his recent title Earl of Forfar when in Scotland. Prince Andrew, Duke of York, the Queen’s only child absent due to his retirement from public life since 2019, also bears a specific title in Scotland, where he is known as the Earl of Inverness.

The Countess of Wessex, known as the Countess of Forfar in Scotland, made an impression with her hat at the Scottish garden party (Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Wire/ABACAPRESS.COM)

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The Duke of Rothesay, the Princess Royal and the Count of Forfar seemed in very good shape on June 29, 2022. The Countess of Forfar wore a pink ensemble and an original hat. Princess Anne wore a blue ensemble. Among the guests, we noticed the presence of Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, who earlier in the day presented a bottle of whiskey to the Queen, the day after her request to organize a new referendum on the Scottish independence in 2023.

Nicholas Fontaine

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Nicolas Fontaine has been a freelance web editor since 2014. After having been a copywriter and author for numerous Belgian and French brands and media, he specialized in royalty news. Nicolas is now editor-in-chief of Histoires royales. [email protected]

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