Her Majesty The Queen is to begin her traditional week-long stay at the Palace of Holyroodhouse from Monday for what is known as Holyrood week.
It is believed that the Duke of Edinburgh has been advised against travelling to Scotland this year for Holyrood week and instead will remain at Windsor Castle for his two-month long recuperation. Some sources suggest the Earl of Wessex will be accompanying Her Majesty north of the border.
During Holyrood week, The Queen undertakes a series of engagements which would normally be performed in London. This includes a garden party, which this year will be held on Tuesday .
The week is steeped in tradition and on Her Majesty’s arrival at the Palace, she is given the keys of the city and is welcomed to her ‘ancient and hereditary Kingdom of Scotland’.
Whereas the Yeoman of the Guard are on duty at London garden parties, for the Holyroodhouse garden party, the Royal Company of Archers provide security for The Queen.
Despite the Palace of Holyroodhouse being The Queens’s official residence in Scotland, it is only used for one week in the year. Her private retreat, Balmoral Castle, is used for several months in the year when she goes for her summer break.
Whilst The Queen stays at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the fountain will play and whichever regiment is staying at the nearby barracks will guards the Palace. The only other occasion on which these things happen are for the Lord High Commissioner of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland – during General Assembly week, he or she is basically The Queen in Scotland. He/she is even addressed as Your Grace for the week, the traditional form of address for Scottish Monarchs.