For the Scots, Elizabeth will forever remain their ‘Queen of Scots’.

For the Scots, Elizabeth will forever remain their ‘Queen of Scots’.


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  • Arjen van der Horst

    British Journalist

  • Arjen van der Horst

    British Journalist

For the next two days, all eyes will be on Scotland. This afternoon, the body of the late Queen Elizabeth will be moved from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the royal residence in Edinburgh, to St Giles Cathedral in the same city. The funeral procession will go slowly on royal milesa sequence of streets through the ancient heart of Scotland’s capital.

After the memorial service, the Queen’s body lies in state for 24 hours in the medieval cathedral. It will remain open to the public so Scots can say goodbye to the Queen in person.

Elizabeth enjoys huge popularity in Scotland, with crowds on foot yesterday as her body was carried from the royal residence of Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh this summer. The Scots affectionately call her the “Queen of Scots”. The love is mutual, as Elizabeth spent most of her life in Scotland.


Crowds greeted the Queen’s body in Edinburgh yesterday

The House of Windsor, which has sat on the British throne since 1901, is originally from the German royal family. The family changed its surname from Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor after the outbreak of the First World War. Despite their Germans roots Windsor has always had close ties to Scotland. The Queen Mother was the youngest daughter of the Scottish Earl Lord Amis.

Elizabeth’s husband Philip was a Greco-Danish prince, but spent his childhood at Gordonstoun boarding school on the East Coast of Scotland. King Charles would also go to this boarding school, although he had far fewer memories of Gordonstoun’s Spartan educational methods than his father.

The royal love for Scotland was also reflected in the Queen’s long stay in the northern British nation. In the summer months he changed his working palace from Buckingham Palace to Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands. Every year he attended the Highland Games in the nearby village of Braemar, where strongmen swung hammers and threw whole logs.


The Queen and her family in front of Balmoral Palace in 1960

Here, away from the hustle and bustle of London, the Queen could enjoy the nature of Scotland, go horse riding or wander around the wetlands. wellies. Until old age, the king drove his vast estate in an old Landrover. Here he could leave his golden castle and live in complete freedom, out of sight of the throngs of tourists who always peered through the gates of Buckingham Palace.

From time to time, Elizabeth would meet a tourist on her long walks around Balmoral Castle. That caused it famous story and Richard Griffin, the royal bodyguard who accompanied him on these journeys. The queen once met two American tourists, who did not recognize her in her usual clothes and with a scarf on her head.

The Americans asked the unknown woman if she lived nearby. The Queen, for her part, replied that she was from London, but had a house behind a nearby hill where she had been coming for eighty years. For this, the Americans said that he must have met the queen at that time. To which the princess replied sharply, “I don’t know, but you meet him often,” pointing to her guard.

The Americans, still unaware that they were talking to the Queen, were fascinated. “The next thing I knew, one of the Americans put his hand on my shoulder, gave the Queen his camera and asked her to take a picture,” guard Griffin said in an interview earlier this year.

In this video, Griffin tells the story:

The Queen has passed away as the British constitution crumbles. The Scottish Parliament meets today for a special session with King Charles chaired by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. He is the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which has been fighting for Scottish independence for many years. The Scottish Government plans to hold another independence referendum next year.

Although the SNP wants a break with Britain, not with the monarchy. Scottish campaigners realize that their fight for independence will be more likely if they keep the king of England as head of state, another sign of Elizabeth’s popularity among Scots.

Tomorrow the Queen will leave Scotland for good. His body is being flown to London, where final preparations for his September 19 funeral are in full swing. Then the Scots will bid farewell to their Queen of Scots for good.