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Queen leads Scottish investiture ceremony in Edinburgh

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Media captionThe Queen bestowed honours people in recognition of their contribution to society

A musician, a painter and a judo veteran are among the Scots who have been honoured by the Queen at a ceremony in Edinburgh.

Leading figures in the arts, medicine, sport and charity were recognised in the investiture at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Dougie Maclean, best known for penning folk ballad Caledonia, and artist John Lorie Morrison were made OBEs.

Edinburgh pensioner George Kerr becomes a CBE for services to judo.

One of the country's foremost experts in the sport, he is president of the British Judo Association.

Speaking after ceremony, which saw a total of 90 people honoured, Mr Kerr said: "It is magnificent to get such an honour from Her Majesty the Queen.

"I have been in her company on two occasions but never close enough to get introduced to her.

"I told her I serve on the British Olympic Committee with Princess Anne."

He added: "Getting such a privilege as to be invited here and to get one of the top honours in the country, you can't put a price on that."

'Quite surreal'

Singer Dougie Maclean, from Perthshire, said: "I feel brilliant, it is fantastic.

"This will be my 36th year as a professional musician so it is a great compliment to be recognised with this honour."

Glasgow-born artist Mr Morrison, who paints under the name Jolomo, became an OBE for services to art and charity in Scotland and said meeting the Queen felt "quite surreal".

He added: "She asked what I painted and I said I paint the Western Isles and that is when she gave me the most beautiful smile.

Image caption Dougie Maclean attended the ceremony in Edinburgh with his mother, wife and daughter

"It obviously just connected with her."

From the field of medicine, Dr George Crooks, medical director of NHS 24 and the Scottish Ambulance Service, was honoured for services to healthcare.

Magnus MacFarlane Barrow was included in the honours for his services to the Mary's Meals charity.

He founded the charity, which aims to give the world's poorest children a meal a day, following an encounter with the children of a woman dying from Aids in Malawi in 2002.

All the awards were announced in the New Year Honours List.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh went on to host a garden party at the Palace.

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