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Duchess of Edinburgh and Prince Edward join King at garden party but Anne absent after head injury

Duchess of Edinburgh and Prince Edward join King at garden party but Anne absent after head injury

The King and Queen joined the Duchess of Edinburgh and Prince Edward at a garden party in Scotland to celebrate the Scottish capital’s 900th birthday.

However, Princess Anne was absent due to a head injury suffered after falling from a horse last month.


The royals arrived in the Scottish capital today to carry out engagements as part of Holyrood Week, which celebrates Scottish culture, achievements and important individuals who have contributed to the community.

This year, the celebrations were interrupted due to the general elections and will end on July 3.

The King and Queen were joined by the Duchess of Edinburgh and Prince Edward at a garden party in Scotland SHOVEL

The king changed into his third outfit of the day before the garden party

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Amid a packed schedule of royal engagements over the next few days, which includes a Ceremony of the Keys and an inspection of the guard of honour, the royals attended a traditional garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Other events “that may appear to divert attention or distract from the election campaign” were postponed during the two-day trip.

The king changed into his third outfit of the day ahead of the garden party. He had previously donned a navy blue suit and his military uniform earlier in the day.

He looked dapper in a black top hat with matching tailcoat, paired with a beige double-breasted waistcoat. On his left lapel, there appears to be a thistle.

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The royals arrived in the Scottish capital today to carry out engagements as part of Holyrood Week.

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The Duke of Edinburgh at the Sovereign’s Garden Party

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Camilla stunned in a light blue dress with a matching hat, accessorized with a pair of white gloves.

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh were also in attendance, with Prince Edward wearing a similar tailcoat with a cream waistcoat and blue tie. Sophie wore a soft blue dress accompanied by a matching hat.

Princess Anne was nowhere to be seen as she recovered from injuries she suffered last month after falling from a horse.

She was discharged from Southmead Hospital in Bristol on June 28 after spending five days there following the incident on the Gatcombe Park Estate. Her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, confirmed Anne is “slowly recovering” following the accident.

The King began his official engagements in Scotland by inspecting a guard of honour in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and then attending the Ceremony of the Keys, where he was handed the keys to the city.

Sophie wore a soft blue dress accompanied by a matching hat.

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King Charles III at the garden party

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The ceremony saw the monarch receive the keys to the city and be welcomed into the “ancient and hereditary Kingdom of Scotland”.

A Guard of Honour was provided by the Balaklava Company and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

King Charles then presided over the investiture ceremony. Honorees include best-selling author Sir Alexander McCall Smith, who will receive a knighthood for services to literature, academia and charity.

Queen Camilla also held a reception to honour those promoting Scottish literacy, before they both attended the garden party.

On Wednesday, the king and queen will be joined by Prince William, whose Scottish title is Duke of Rothesay.

William will join his father and stepmother at the Thistle Service at St. Giles’ Cathedral, where Camilla and Prince Edward will be appointed to the Order of the Thistle.

Charles and Camilla will conclude their trip by attending a celebration with a range of artists, guests and organisations at Edinburgh Castle to mark the city’s 900th anniversary.