Nostalgia: A Royal seal of approval

The Queen outside the St James Centre in July 1975
The Queen outside the St James Centre in July 1975
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AS the Queen returns to Edinburgh for Holyrood Week, we have taken a look at royal visits over the years from our archives.

Next week in Edinburgh she will be accompanied by Prince Edward, since Prince Philip will be unable to attend following surgery.

In the above picture from 1975, the Queen is accompanied by Lord Provost John Miller after she opened New St Andrews House. She told spectators Britain would make it through the economic crisis of the time.

In 1988, she visited the Edinburgh Crystal ­department at Jenners for its 150th anniversary, but pointed out she was “just looking”.

She also asked questions about children’s clothes “like any other mother or grandmother,” said staff at the time.

She showed similar interest in 1978 when she chatted to families and children during her walkabout in Livingston.

Harking even further back in the long and connected history of the Queen and our Capital, the top picture shows the royal procession travelling up The Mound in June


Twenty years later, the Queen and other royals took part in the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society ball in the city’s Assembly Rooms. The Queen and Princess Anne danced the Petronella, while the Duke of Edinburgh stayed at the bar for the first few dances. The Queen wore white silk with sequinned embroidery, while Princess Anne chose pleated chiffon. The Duke opted for traditional dress, donning a red-collared Highland dress jacket and a Royal Stuart kilt.

Holyrood Week 2013 will run until Friday, opening with the garden party.