The Queen wore a historic brooch for an important event in Scotland

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The Queen wore a historic brooch to attend an important event in Scotland over the weekend (Saturday 2 October).

Her Majesty opened Scottish Parliament with a diamond brooch in the shape of a thistle, which was previously owned by Her Majesty’s grandmother, Queen Mary.

The brooch pays subtle tribute to Scotland as the thistle is an official national symbol.

The Queen wore the historic thistle brooch alongside the collar of a smart emerald coat and coordinating hat. Her son, Prince Charles also attended the event alongside Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who are referred to as The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay when in Scotland.

Camilla also wore a green ensemble, including a coat lined with red tartan. Prince Charles was in a traditional kilt for the occasion, paired with a tartan tie and pocket square.

The Royal Family met with Scottish party leaders before Her Majesty delivered an address in the debating chamber.

The Queen began with a personal anecdote, saying, “I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country, and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always held of our time here.”

She went onto remark that, “it is the people that make a place, and there are few places where this is truer than in Scotland, as we have seen in recent times."

She added, “Prince William has told me many heartening stories that he heard first hand of people and communities across Scotland uniting to protect and care for those who are isolated or vulnerable.”

Referencing the difficult times of the pandemic, the Queen also expressed her gratitude to the “remarkable people, who have made such a positive difference to so many.”

Her Majesty officially opened the Scottish Parliament with her address, expressing “our warmest good wishes as you embark on this sixth session of Parliament,” on behalf of the Royal Family.

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