05 July 2017

Holyrood Week: Canal Opening, Stirling Castle Visit, and Audience at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the Queen Elizabeth II Canal and visited The Kelpies in Scotland, followed by a visit to Stirling Castle for a service marking the 70th anniversary of The Queen's appointment as Colonel in Chief of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.
Royal Family
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Today is a rare triple brooch day, including a doubled up badge appearance! Badges from both the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and the Royal Regiment of Scotland (of which the Highlanders are a part) made the cut for the first events of the day - although just the Highlanders badge was transferred over to the dress when the coat was removed.

Cpl Ben Maher/MoD/Crown copyright 2017

Today was also a triple horse day, which HM probably appreciated as much as we here appreciate a triple brooch day. The royal couple met a pair at The Kelpies, and then HM had to defend her posy of flowers from a hungry mascot.

Also today, The Queen received the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, for an audience at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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Our third brooch of the day has been getting quite a workout over the past year, hasn't it? I don't think the Maple Leaf has seen this much action since it was a Queen Elizabeth fave during World War II. A country's big birthday will do that do a brooch, I suppose. You can see the brooch a bit better on video:

And you can add this to the list of reasons she carries her handbag inside the "house": so nobody takes her spot.