The Queen visits Highland Spring water factory

Queen surveys High Spring source

Rising majestically in the distance, the Ochil Hills may not sound familiar to most of us.

But the beautiful landscape is the source for Britain’s best-selling mineral water producer, Highland Spring.

The Queen was shown the hills today while touring the Highland Spring factory in Blackford, Perth and Kinross, during her Holyrood Week visit to Scotland (see photo above, source @RoyalFamily/Twitter).

She was presented with a specially-labelled bottle of Highland Spring water she helped make after pressing the button to start the new production line.

The bottles have a crown on the thistle logo and the slogan “Specially selected for Her Majesty the Queen”.

Highland Spring’s new production line, part of a £30 million factory extension is capable of producing 20 bottles per second, making it the fastest of its type in the UK.

Her Majesty was welcomed to the factory by a piper, the Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross Brigadier Melville Jameson, and business owner His Excellency Mohammed Mahdi Al-tajir and chief executive Les Montgomery.

It was Mr Montgomery who had the pleasure of showing the Queen the Ochil Hills in the distance before giving her a tour of the facility, where she unveiled a plaque and met with staff.

Group operations director Bryan McCluskey said: “She was really interested and could quote some of the statistics she had heard.”

You can watch video highlights of the Queen’s visit to Highland Spring here.