LONDON Queen Elizabeth II. she traveled to her official residence in Scotland on Monday to begin a week of traditional activities, beginning with an ancient ceremony at Holyroodhouse Palace.
The 90-year-old monarch, who has restricted public appearances in recent months due to persistent mobility problems, attended the “Ceremony of the Keys” in Edinburgh.
He was symbolically offered the keys to the city and welcomed to his “ancient and inherited kingdom of Scotland”. Tradition dictates that he bring them back and hand over their guard to elected city officials.
In the courtyard of the palace stood a smiling Elizabeth with a member of her entourage with an umbrella over her head.
The monarch was accompanied by his youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie. The queen is expected to attend a military ceremony in the palace gardens on Tuesday. The military parade pays tribute to his role as head of the British Army.
The visit comes three weeks after the Platinum Jubilee, which commemorates the 70th anniversary of the royal throne. He appeared only a few times during the four-day holiday weekend, and officials said he experienced some “trouble” during the event.
Prince Charles, his son and heir to the throne, has taken on an even greater public role in recent months. He and other members of the royal family also took part in events in Scotland.
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