Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Thousands attend Royal garden party

Edinburgh's Palace of Holyroodhouse
Image caption The Queen is hosting the event in the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Queen is hosting a garden party as part of a full programme of engagements in Scotland.

She is being joined by the Earl of Wessex at the annual event in the grounds of Edinburgh's Palace of Holyroodhouse, which was due to start at about 16:00.

The event is attended by about 8,000 invited guests from across Scotland.

Earlier, the Queen gave out New Years Honours at an investiture ceremony at the palace.

Showjumper Scott Brash, from Peebles in the Borders, was made an OBE for services to equestrianism during the ceremony.

He was honoured along with more than 70 people, including an RAF sergeant decorated for services in Afghanistan and a palace cleaner whose family served the royal household for almost a century.

Royal Week

Other people named in the most recent New Year Honours List included National Galleries of Scotland director general John Leighton who received a knighthood.

Journalist Magnus Linklater, a former editor of The Times in Scotland, was made a CBE, while Northern Constabulary Ch Supt David O'Connor collected the Queen's Police Medal for his contribution to police service reform as president of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents.

On Monday, the Queen began Royal Week by inspecting a guard of honour formed by soldiers recently returned from Afghanistan.

She inspected troops from The Royal Scots Borderers as part of the ancient Ceremony of the Keys at Holyroodhouse.

The Queen is not being accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh during the week of events this year.

Prince Philip is continuing to convalesce following recent exploratory abdominal surgery.

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