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We’re big fans of all things Royal here at The Scotsman Hotel and we’re really looking forward to Holyrood Week which always begins on the forecourt of Holyrood Palace with the ceremony of the keys.

Just a 5 minute stroll from The Scotsman Hotel down the Royal Mile, The Queen is welcomed into the city by the Lord Provost where the keys of the city are presented.  This will take place from the end of June to the beginning of July with the Royal Garden on Tuesday 4th July 2017.

Each year, The Queen spends a week visiting various regions in Scotland, meeting Scots from all walks of life and hosting thousands at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in recognition of their good work. Known in Scotland as ‘Royal Week’, and to others as ‘Holyrood Week’, these visits celebrate Scottish culture, achievement and community.  Annually The Queen hosts a Royal Garden Party welcoming approximately 8,000 people from all over Scotland to enjoy an afternoon at Holyrood Palace on the beautiful grounds.  The Queen will meet with the attendees and the party has live music from the Royal Scottish Piper Society and regimental bands.

At each Garden Party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed! Garden Parties are an important way for The Queen to speak to a broad range of people from all walks of life, all of whom have made a positive impact in their community.

It’s a perfect time to visit The Palace of Holyrood.  Tour the Queen’s Edinburgh residence & explore the many aspects of this spectacular attraction. With a wealth of regal exhibitionscollections and more it’s well worth a visit.


The Scotsman Hotel really is a perfect choice if you’re planning a few nights in Edinburgh for a truly Royal experience, with a little bit of 4 star boutique luxury thrown in for good measure.

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