The Queen has arrived in Scotland for her traditional Holyrood Week, beginning with the Ceremony of the Keys.
She was offered the key to the city on a red velvet cushion by the Lord Provost on the forecourt of Holyroodhouse Palace – and she immediately handed it back for safekeeping.
Earlier, she inspected the guards of the Balaklava Company, The Argyll & Sunderland Highlanders & 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Wearing a pretty yellow dress, coat and matching hat, her inspection started a traditionally busy but enjoyable week for Her Majesty north of the border.
The Queen is joined on the visit by the Duke of Edinburgh, who has seemingly recovered well from his recent spell in hospital, where he was suffering from an infection.
As well as joining Her Majesty for a traditional garden party, attended by 6,000 people tomorrow (Tuesday), Prince Philip will tonight attend a reception as honorary member of the Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow. The event will mark the 50th anniversary of the Prince Philip Prize.
On Wednesday both the Queen and Prince Philip will enjoy lunch with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Stirling Castle, Stirling. Her Majesty is Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment.
They will also open the Queen Elizabeth II Canal at the Helix, Grangemouth, Falkirk.