The Queen delights Scotland’s royal watchers with appearance at Ceremony of the Keys

Despite recent mobility problems, the monarch was in good spirits in her first public engagement since Platinum Jubilee

The Queen has travelled to Scotland for a week of royal activity, making a lively appearance for the ancient Ceremony of the Keys in her first public engagement since the Platinum Jubilee.

The monarch, who has drastically reduced her travel after because of mobility problems, smiled broadly during the historic ceremony at the Palace of Holyroodhouse as she was presented with the keys to Edinburgh.

Using a walking stick that once belonged to the Duke of Edinburgh, she was seen in conversation with Robert Aldridge, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, with the Earl and Countess of Wessex at her side.

Her appearance had by no means been a given, with other members of the Royal family booked in for engagements all week in case she did not feel up to attending.

To the delight of royal watchers, the Queen made an appearance for the first event, arriving at her official residence in Scotland to open “Royal Week”.

Dressed in a powder blue silk wool coat and dress by Stewart Parvin, paired with a hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan and her Argyll & Sutherland brooch, the Queen was symbolically offered the keys to the city.

The Queen was beaming in her Stewart Parvin dress and coat Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Tradition dictates that the monarch returns them, entrusting their safekeeping to the city’s elected officials.

The Queen was joined by the Wessexes, known as the Earl and Countess of Forfar while they are in Scotland.

The Guard of Honour was provided by the Balaklava Company, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, which was inspected by the Earl on the forecourt of the palace during the ceremony.

The Countess and Earl of Wessex, with the Queen, are known as the Countess and Earl of Forfar when they are in Scotland Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Music was provided by the pipes and drums of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

On Tuesday, the Queen will attend an Armed Forces ceremony in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse as part of a presentation of the key for Edinburgh Castle.

The parade, which will see all three services represented, will be an opportunity to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Scotland.

It will also pay tribute to her role as head of the UK Armed Forces.

The Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, performed for the Queen outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

The governor of Edinburgh Castle, assisted by three service cadets, is due to address the Queen with: “We, the serving members of your majesty’s Armed Forces, bound by our oath to you, your heirs and successors, offer for your gracious acceptance the key to your majesty’s royal castle of Edinburgh.”

The Queen will respond: “I return this key to the safekeeping of my governor of Edinburgh Castle, in gratitude for the symbolic act of loyalty of our Armed Forces, confident of your faithful allegiance to your oath.”

Her Scotland trip came after the recent Platinum Jubilee celebrations, in which she pledged to continue to serve the country “to the best of my ability supported by my family”.