Queen set for Scottish events

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THE Queen will continue to mark her Diamond Jubilee with a series of engagements in Scotland this week.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she will attend various events in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Greenock and Perth.

Her annual Holyrood Week will also see the Duke of Cambridge, who has the Scottish title the Earl of Strathearn, formally installed as a Royal Knight of the Thistle at a service in Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral.

The week begins with the Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, at which the Queen is handed the keys to the city and welcomed to her “ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland” by the Lord Provost.

In keeping with tradition, she hands them back, entrusting their safekeeping to the city’s elected officials.

The Queen and Philip will also visit the refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

On Wednesday the Queen and the Duke attend a jubilee thanksgiving service at Glasgow Cathedral and will visit George Square, Clydebank and Greenock. On Friday, the Queen and Philip visit Perth, awarded city status to mark the jubilee.