The monarch, 95, recalled the love she and her late husband shared for Scotland in her address at the opening ceremony for the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, also attended the event.
“I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country, and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always held of our time here,” the Queen said in her speech. “It is often said that it is the people that make a place, and there are few places where this is truer than in Scotland, as we have seen in recent times.”
For the event, Queen Elizabeth donned an alpine green herringbone wool A-line coat and a gold vibrant floral printed dress, both by Stewart Parvin, with a hat to match by Rachel Trevor Morgan. Her Majesty also wore the Queen Mary diamond thistle brooch.
The Duchess of Rothesay wore a green coat dress trimmed with Rothesay tartan by Mr. Roy, along with a green beret by Philip Treacy and a diamond thistle brooch of her own.
In July, the monarch made her first solo trip following Prince Philip’s death to Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where the couple would traditionally retreat from August until the fall. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip vacationed together on the property in the Scottish Highlands for the final time in August 2020.
Balmoral Castle and the surrounding 7,000-acre estate have been in the royal family since Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, purchased the castle in 1845.