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Queen watches Prince William try Scotland’s national drink Irn Bru

The Queen, 95, put on a stylish display as she arrived in Scotland for the first official visit north of the border since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen was supported by her grandson Prince William as she made her first official visit north of the border since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh today.  

Her Majesty, 95, was introduced to Scotland’s national drink Irn Bru before being given a tour of AG Barr’s factory in Cumbernauld, where the iconic soft drink is manufactured. 

The 95-year-old monarch, who put on a stylish display a blue ensemble complete with pearl necklace and white gloves, was joined by the Duke of Cambridge – known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland – as she officially opened the factory’s new process facility.

The Queen, who will be joined by Princess Anne on Wednesday and Thursday during the four-day visit, is in Scotland for Royal Week where she will be taking part in engagements celebrating community, innovation and history.

This afternoon, the Queen and William attended the traditional Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in which Her Majesty inspected the Guard of Honour before being officially welcomed to Edinburgh by the Lord Provost, who offered the monarch the keys of the city.

This afternoon, the Queen and William attended the traditional Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in which Her Majesty inspected the Guard of Honour before being officially welcomed to Edinburgh by the Lord Provost, who offered the monarch the keys of the city (pictured)

The Queen, who has continued with her duties as head of state despite grieving for her late husband, will be staying at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, her official residence in Scotland. 

During the visit, the Duke of Cambridge quenched his thirst with a sip of Irn Bru and declared ‘you can taste the girders in it’ during a factory visit with the Queen. 

Prince William drinks a sip of Irn Bru while Queen Elizabeth looks on

Irn Bru is popular among Scots and wider afield and the soft drink – known for its catchy slogans – has entered folklore north of the border as the perfect hangover cure.  

After touring the plant with the Queen, who has spent most of lockdown at Windsor Castle, the duke was offered a drink and was asked by commercial director Jonathan Kemp if he had tried Irn Bru when he wad a student at the University of St Andrews in Fife. The visit comes just one month after Prince William and Kate Middleton embarked on a week-long tour of Scotland in May, which was dubbed a royal charm offensive to help persuade the country to resist the demands of nationalists for independence. Read more:daily mail

Prince William shares his day with Queen Elizabeth on Instagram

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Instagram
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