Queen watches Prince William try Scotland's national drink Irn Bru

Queen is joined by Prince William at Irn Bru factory as family rallies around to support monarch on her first major round of engagements since Prince Philip’s death as she kicks off Holyrood Week

  • Queen, 95, opted for a blue ensemble as she began a four-day visit to Scotland
  • Joined by grandson Prince William as was introduced to national drink Irn Bru
  • Monarch will take part in engagements celebrating community and innovation

The Queen was supported by her grandson Prince William as she made her first official visit north of the border since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh today.  

Her Majesty, 95, was introduced to Scotland’s national drink Irn Bru before being given a tour of AG Barr’s factory in Cumbernauld, where the iconic soft drink is manufactured.

The 95-year-old monarch, who put on a stylish display a blue ensemble complete with pearl necklace and white gloves, was joined by the Duke of Cambridge – known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland – as she officially opened the factory’s new process facility.

The Queen, who will be joined by Princess Anne on Wednesday and Thursday, is in Scotland for Royal Week where she will be taking part in engagements celebrating community, innovation and history.

The Queen, 95, has arrived in Scotland for the first official visit north of the border since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Cambridge, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, tries Irn-Bru as Queen Elizabeth II looks on, during a visit to AG Barr’s factory in Cumbernauld, where the drink is manufactured, as part of her traditional trip to Scotland for Holyrood Week 

During the visit, the monarch, who has spent most of lockdown at Windsor Castle, met employees and was given an overview of the history of the company.  

The Queen, who has continued with her duties as head of state despite grieving for her late husband, will be staying at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, her official residence in Scotland.  

Holyrood Week, also known as Royal Week, was cancelled last year because of the pandemic.

This year, in line with Government guidelines, traditional events hosting thousands of people such as the garden party at Holyroodhouse will not take place.  

Her Majesty, whose arrival marked a four-day visit to Scotland, will be staying at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, her official residence in Scotland

The 95-year-old monarch was joined by her grandson the Duke of Cambridge as she officially opened the factory’s new process facility

In a series of tweets on Sunday ahead of Her Majesty’s visit, Buckingham Palace emphasised the Queen’s long-standing links to Scotland. 

It said: ‘Tomorrow, The Queen will arrive in Scotland for Royal Week 2021, or ‘Holyrood Week’, takes place each Summer as The Queen and Members of the Royal Family undertake visits across Scotland celebrating Scottish culture, achievement and communities.

‘Her Majesty is connected to Scotland by ancestry and deeply held affection. As well as spending family Summers at Balmoral Castle, The Queen has visited almost every area of Scotland from the Outer Hebrides to Dumfries, meeting Scots from all walks of life.’ 

The visit comes just one month after Prince William and Kate Middleton embarked on a week-long tour of Scotland in May, which was dubbed a royal charm offensive to help persuade the country to resist the demands of nationalists for independence. 

The 95-year-old monarch put on a stylish display a blue ensemble complete with pearl necklace and white gloves. Pictured, Prince William tries Irn-Bru

The visit comes just one month after Prince William and Kate Middleton embarked on a week-long tour of Scotland in May, which was dubbed a royal charm offensive to help persuade the country to resist the demands of nationalists for independence. Pictured, Duke of Cambridge trying Iron Bru

The Queen returned to work with a beaming smile on April 27 in her first photographed engagement since the funeral of her beloved Prince Philip.

The monarch was seen via videolink from Windsor Castle while welcoming dignitaries to Buckingham Palace.

Appearing on screen dressed in a pale blue floral dress with pearls, she held a virtual audience to receive Her Excellency Ivita Burmistre, the Ambassador of Latvia, at Buckingham Palace.

She also received Her Excellency Sara Affoue Amani, the Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire, during the virtual meeting.

It came 10 days after the funeral of her husband Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 earlier on 9 April.

Though it marked the first time the Queen was photographed working since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, on April 17, it wasn’t the first time she had been back to work since his death.

The Queen returned to royal duties just four days after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. On that occasion she attended retirement ceremony for the former Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel on Tuesday.

Then, in her second official engagement since Prince Philip’s death, she welcomed her new Lord Chamberlain to his post.

The Queen (pictured) is in Scotland for Royal Week where she will be taking part in engagements celebrating community, innovation and history

The monarch (pictured), who has spent most of lockdown at Windsor Castle, will be joined by Princess Anne on Wednesday and Thursday

Two weeks of royal mourning in memory of the Queen’s husband of 73 years ended for the monarchy and their households on Friday April 23, meaning the Windsors were allowed to go back to work full-time.

The royal family gathered for a poignant final farewell to Philip on April 17 at a socially-distanced funeral service in St George’s Chapel, with the Queen pictured sat alone as she grieved for her consort.

The Queen turned 95 just 12 days after the duke died and used her birthday to release a message thanking well-wishers for their tribute to Philip.

She said she and her family were in a ‘period of great sadness’ but were comforted by words of praise for the duke.

‘We have been deeply touched and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life,’ she added.

The visit comes just one month after Scottish media said sending ‘popular’ Prince William and Kate Middleton north of the border was a ‘shrewd move.

Crowds of well-wishers gather to greet HerMajesty and the Duke of Cambridge, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, as they arrive for a visit to AG Barr’s factory in Cumbernauld

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