Today the Queen spoke publicly about Prince Philip for the first time since his death.
Her Majesty, 95, recalled “many happy memories” that she and her husband shared this morning in Holyrood, marking the official start of the new session of the Scottish Parliament.
She told MSP in the socially distanced debate room: “I have spoken about my deep and lasting affection for this wonderful country, and the many happy memories Prince Philip and I have always cherished our time here.
“It is often said that it is the people who make a place, and there are few places than in Scotland where this is true, as we have seen in recent times.”
The Duke of Edinburgh, who died two months before his 100th birthday, had many ties to Scotland.
He was educated at Gordonstoun, which led to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and took an annual holiday at Balmoral with the Queen.
Her Majesty was received today by Scotland’s first Green Presiding Officer and her counterpart to the Speaker of the Commons, Alison Johnstone.
The Greens, who currently share power with the SNP, want any future independent Scotland to have an elected head of state rather than a monarchy.
Addressing the MSP, the Queen confirmed that she will attend the Cop26 Global Climate Summit in Glasgow next month.
She said: “The world’s eyes will be on the United Kingdom – and Scotland in particular – as leaders come together to address the challenges of climate change.
“There is an important role for the Scottish Parliament, along with all parliaments, to help build a better and healthier future for all of us, and to engage with those in need, especially our young people.”
Dressed in a green wool coat and floral dress, the monarch joined the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall – known in Scotland as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay – this morning.
During the ceremony, Nicola Sturgeon also expressed her sympathy with the Queen, saying that the joy of her visit was accompanied by regret over the absence of her late husband.
Later, the Queen, Charles and Camilla met with Scots who were recognized for their contributions to communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of them was Linda Williams, a shopkeeper from Edinburgh who set up a hardship fund at the premiere Broadway convenience store in Oxgang.
She said: “It’s been such a tough 18 months for everyone, and I think we’ve made a small difference in making life a little easier for our customers and neighbors by setting up a free same-day delivery service and starting a hardship fund.” Help those who slipped through the cracks of the financial help available.
“Our community rose to the occasion brilliantly; People were incredibly generous with their donations, and the whole experience became a shining light of hope during difficult times.”