Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Diamond Jubilee: Lorraine Kelly honoured by Queen

Lorraine Kelly
Image caption Lorraine Kelly said she was very nervous before the ceremony

Television presenter Lorraine Kelly and rugby veteran Chris Paterson were among those who received honours from the Queen in Edinburgh earlier.

They were joined by figures from medicine, the arts, business and the voluntary sector at the Palace of Holyroodhouse investiture ceremony.

More than 70 people collected their honours at the service.

It is part of the Queen's week-long visit to Scotland to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

Kelly, 52, from Dundee, was given an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

The TV presenter, who began her career as a trainee reporter on her local newspaper before joining BBC Scotland and later TVam, received the honour for her services to charity and the Armed Forces.

Speaking afterwards, she said: "I was very, very nervous, but it was an incredible and amazing experience.

"I think because it is here at Holyrood, it made it even more special for me."

Kelly, who presents Lorraine on ITV, has long supported the Armed Forces and this year launched UK Armed Forces Day in Edinburgh.

The mother-of-one has been involved with many charities, including Poppyscotland, and this year took part in the 100km (62 miles) BT Red Nose Desert Trek in Kenya, which raised money for Comic Relief projects.

Image caption The Queen toured the National Portrait Gallery on her first day in Scotland

She attended the service with her mother, husband and daughter.

"I cried all the way through, I don't know what the Queen must have thought," she said.

"I was just a bit overcome by it all to be honest.

"There are an awful lot of people who work away at charities, who help the Armed Forces, and do an awful lot more than I do.

"I think I am getting it on their behalf as well for myself."

Paterson, who recently announced his retirement from the international game, described the event as a "fantastic moment".

The sportsman is Scotland's record cap and points scorer, and received an MBE for his services to the sport.

The 34-year-old won 109 caps for his country, amassing a total of 809 points, and is the only Scot to have appeared in four rugby World Cup tournaments.

He said: "You feel a wee bit guilty, you don't know if you deserve it or not.

Image caption Weaver Donald John Mackay received an MBE

"You set goals as a rugby player, and you reach goals, whether it be club level, or international, and you think that's it.

"You never set out looking to achieve anything like this, so I suppose the big thing is to try to enjoy it and remember it for the rest of your life."

Among others to receive honours was a weaver who raised the profile of Harris Tweed by selling his designs to one of the world's biggest sportswear firms.

Donald John MacKay, from Luskentyre on the Isle of Harris, was appointed MBE for his services to the industry.

Eight years ago, Nike chose one of his designs for a run of limited edition trainers.

The deal was seen as a major boost to the industry when it was at a low ebb.

Meanwhile, about 8,000 people were invited to the Royal garden party on Tuesday which is regarded as being a chance for ordinary people to meet the Royal Family.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh carry out official duties in Scotland during their annual Royal Week.

However, this year is particularly memorable as it marks the monarch's 60-year reign.

Events later in the week will include a special service of thanksgiving at Glasgow Cathedral.

The royal couple will also travel to Perth to mark its elevation to city status.

During a ceremony on Thursday the Queen will appoint her grandson Prince William to the Order of the Thistle.

A pipe band parade will be hosted on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh to mark the royal visit.

There will also be bands, dancers and drummers from community groups across the country heading down the Mile in the wake of the Thistle Service in St Giles' Cathedral.