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Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Deirdre Kelly

All times stated are UK

  1. Recap on the Queen's address to Holyrood

    The Queen addresses MSPs
    Image caption: The Queen addresses MSPs and guests

    That's all from BBC Scotland's Holyrood coverage of the Queen's address to the Scottish Parliament, as part of commemorations marking 20 years since its opening.

    Addressing the chamber, the Queen said: "I am pleased to join you today in marking the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament.

    "We fondly remember that proud day when new members gathered in the Assembly Hall to celebrate Scotland's first parliament in 300 years.

    "I have noted on previous occasions my great affection for Scotland, and the many happy and personal connections I enjoy with this wonderful country. "

    nicola Sturgeon
    Image caption: Nicola Sturgeon thanks the Queen for her support of the parliament

    In her response, Nicola Sturgeon recalled the "optimism" for the Scottish Parliament when it was created, but also spoke about the "scale of the challenge" MSPs faced then.

    The first minister said: "There were times perhaps, especially in the first few years of the parliament, when the sense of challenge possibly outweighed the sense of optimism."

    Ms Sturgeon added: "Although this parliament is only 20 years young, it has long come of age."

    Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh got the biggest laugh of the day as he told the Queen and the Duke of Rothsay that he had once signed "chicken parliament" by accident in BSL .

    The Queen laughs as Ken Macintosh explains he once signed the "chicken parliament " in BSL by accident!
    Image caption: The Queen laughs as Ken Macintosh explains he once signed the "chicken parliament " in BSL by accident!
  2. Shouts of 'God save the Queen' as the Royal car gets ready to leave

    Car leaves
  3. Queen meets young people as she departs the parliament

    Queen meets young people

    The Queen is meeting young people from across Scotland who won the "Dear Scottish Parliament" letter competitions, setting out their hopes and aspirations for the institution over the next 20 years.

    The winning submissions were included in the book The Scottish Parliament at Twenty to commemorate the Scottish Parliament’s 20th anniversary.

    The book also includes a series of essays from authors, academics and others exploring how well the parliament is placed to tackle the big issues facing Scotland’s future.

  4. Programme of celebrations at Scottish Parliament

    Scottish Parliament celebrations

    The Scottish Parliament will celebrate its 20th anniversary by throwing its doors open for a fun filled day at Holyrood on Saturday 29 June, beginning from 3pm.

    A whole host of activities will take place on the day including live music and dance, retro games like space hoppers and a giant jenga , and a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of the Parliament and sit in the Presiding Officer’s seat.

    Sessions will be hosted on ‘The Future of Scotland’ where guests can remotely control robots of the future, experience 3D Holograms, or discuss their aspirations for Scotland for the next 20 years.

    There will also be panel debates, including a Festival of Politics session which discusses the concept of ‘Happiness’.

  5. Queen signs the visitor's book

    Queen
  6. Queen and Duke of Rothesay meet the 1 July youngsters

    Young people at Holyrood
    Image caption: Some of those born on 1 July 1999 were at the parliament for the celebrations

    Following the Address, the presiding officer escorted the Queen and the Duke of Rothesay to the Main Hall where they met those who were born on 1 July 1999.

  7. A mace was presented to Holyrood 20 years ago

    The mace

    The Scottish Parliament’s Mace featured in the first minister's speech today.

    Nicola Sturgeon said if we stay true to the values on the mace we will make progress towards a wealthier, fairer and better Scotland.

    Engraved on the head of the mace are the words 'Wisdom, Justice, Compassion and Integrity' - these are a reference to the ideals that the people of Scotland aspire to for their Members of Parliament.

  8. Picture re-cap: The Queen applauds the celebrations

    The Queen in the chamber
    The Crown of Scotland carried into chamber
    Crown laid in the chamber
  9. The singing continues in the Holyrood chamber

    Sheena Wellington reprises her singing of A Man's a Man for A' That from 1999
    Image caption: Sheena Wellington reprises her singing of A Man's a Man for A' That from 1999
    The mace leaves the chamber
    Image caption: The mace leaves the chamber
  10. Queen leaves as bagpiper plays 'A Man's a Man for a' That'

    Scottish Parliament’s Piper Stuart McMillan
    Image caption: Scottish Parliament’s Piper Stuart McMillan

    Presiding Officer closes the meeting of the parliament and the Scottish Parliament’s Piper Stuart McMillan MSP plays A Man's a Man for a' That by Robert Burns to mark The Queen’s departure.

    Queen
  11. 'Ae Fond Kiss' sung to those gathered

    Karen Matheson
    Image caption: Karen Matheson

    Ae Fond Kiss by Robert Burns is being sung.

    This version is arranged by Donald Shaw and Kevin McCrae and performed by Karen Matheson, accompanied by Donald Shaw on piano and the Harvey String Quartet.

  12. Lib Dem MSP: 'Let this parliament flourish'

    Former Scottish Lib Dem leader Tavish Scott

    Former Scottish Lib Dem leader Tavish Scott says it is an honour to speak today having joined the parliament in 1999.

    Mr Scott tells the chamber the toughest interrogation he has faced as an MSP has come from primary school pupils, who ask "why haven't you tackled climate change, how much are you paid and have you met the Queen"?

    "Let this parliament flourish," he says adding "there is no turning back, nor should there be".

  13. Harvie inspired after giving evidence to Holyrood committee

    Scottish Green Party co--convener Patrick Harvie
    Image caption: Scottish Green Party co--convener Patrick Harvie

    Scottish Green Party co--convener Patrick Harvie says the opening of this parliament was an exciting time for Scotland and for his party, with the election of first Green MSP Robin Harper.

    Mr Harvie explains he was a youth worker when it opened.

    And with the parliament only 10 months old he gave evidence at a committee witness in the parliament, which was powerful for his LGBT community.

    The Scottish Green Party co--convener says "we must renew the pledge to share power with the people".

  14. Green and Lib Dem MSPs make addresses

    Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie and former leader of the Scottish Lib Dems Tavish Scott address the chamber.

    This will be the last official words we hear from Mr Scott, as he is quitting Holyrood to take up a new job with Scottish Rugby.

    The Shetland MSP was elected in the first Scottish Parliament election in 1999.

  15. Farewell to Govan performed in the chamber

    Violin playing

    Farewell to Govan now resounds around Holyrood's debating chamber.

    It has been composed by Phil Cunningham; arranged and conducted by John Logan, head of brass; and performed by Braw Brass accompanied by Phil Cunningham and Jenn Butterworth, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

    Band
  16. Labour's Richard Leonard says there is still much to do

    Richard Leonard

    Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard he stands proud as part of the party that delivered devolution, but with humility

    He pays tribute to Donald Dewar quoting him from 1999: "Today there is a new voice in the land a voice of a democratic parliament, a voice to shape, a voice of the future."

    Mr Leonard says inequalities still exist and the rich are getting richer and the gap between them and the poor grows.

    "We have a job to do ahead of us to re balance the economy so it runs for the people," he adds.