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Royal Week in Scotland has officially begun with the Queen taking part in the Ceremony of the Keys.
Her Majesty inspected the guard of honour grounds of Holyrood Palace where members of the Balaklava Company of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders are on official duty for the week.
The Pipes and Drums of the Highlanders 4 Scots provided the music as she inspected the troops before the Ceremony of the Keys itself, where the Queen was handed the keys to the City of Edinburgh by Lord Provost Frank Ross.
The Queen is symbolically offered the keys to the city and tradition dictates that she then returns them, entrusting their safekeeping to Edinburgh's elected officials.
The ceremony on the palace forecourt marks the traditional start to the monarch's stay at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence in Scotland.
Each year, the Queen spends a week visiting various regions in Scotland, meeting Scots from all walks of life and hosting thousands at the Palace of Holyrood house in recognition of their work.
Known in Scotland as 'Royal Week', and to others as 'Holyrood Week', these visits celebrate Scottish culture, achievement and community.
This year, it will include an investiture and garden party at the palace, while the Queen will also host a reception for the Royal Auxiliary Air Force 603 City of Edinburgh squadron and attend the annual Order of the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral.