Queen breaks silence on Prince Philip’s death during engagement – what did she say?

Queen to use Scottish 'ethos' for Parliament speech says expert

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The Queen formally opened the new session of the Scottish Parliament over the weekend. And during her visit to Holyrood, the Queen spoke of her husband Prince Philip for the first time since his death in April 2021.

The Queen told MSPs of the “happy memories” she has of being with Prince Philip in Scotland.

She said: “Today is also a day when we can celebrate those who have made an extraordinary contribution to the lives of other people in Scotland, locally or nationally during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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.

“It is often said that it is the people that make a place. And there are few places where this is truer than in Scotland.”

The Queen has spent the majority of her summers in Scotland throughout the course of her reign.

In previous decades, the Queen and Prince Philip usually travelled to the royal Balmoral estate every August.

The couple often remained in Scotland for two months, completing royal engagements and welcoming members of the Royal Family during this time.

But this year marked the Queen’s first summer in Balmoral without her beloved husband of 73 years.

Prince Philip died in April at the age of 99, and his funeral was held at Windsor Castle.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, only 30 guests were permitted to attend the funeral.

And the Queen was kept at a social distance from other members of her family in attendance during the ceremony.

Since her husband’s death, the Queen has spent several months in Scotland this year.

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But members of the Royal Family have been available to support the monarch during this difficult time.

For the opening of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday, the Queen was joined by her son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.

In Scotland, Charles and Camilla are known by their Scottish titles as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay.

Although she has some engagements in London this month, the Queen will be back in Scotland next month for the COP26 summit.

The Queen told MSPs: “The beginning of a new session is a time for renewal and fresh thinking, providing an opportunity to look to the future and our future generations.

“Next month, I will be attending COP26 events in Glasgow.

“The eyes of the world will be on the United Kingdom – and Scotland in particular – as leaders come together to address the challenges of climate change.

“There is a key role for the Scottish Parliament, as with all parliaments, to help create a better, healthier future for us all, and to engage with the people they represent – especially our young people.”

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