A Royal Affair: Edinburgh Castle and Holyroodhouse Palace

Things to Do — By Christina Maria Paschyn on May 26, 2011 at 6:00 am

The royal wedding has come and gone, but it seems the media is still obsessed with all things Prince William and Kate Middleton (now a princess!). From The Daily Mail to The Guardian, the public just can’t get enough of the royal family. And if you’ve caught the bug, you’re probably itching to do some royal sightseeing as well. Unfortunately, the Windsors won’t be gracing Edinburgh with their presence until July, when the the Queen will address the Scottish parliament on July 1st and her granddaughter will wed in Canongate Kirk on July 30th.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t rub elbows with Scotland’s upper crust. From now until the end of August, Edinburgh Castle is welcoming “the kings, queens, duchesses and barons” of days of yore. This Saturday and Sunday as well as on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, come and meet Lady Euphemia, the countess of Ross and Buchan and a relative of Robert the Bruce.who’ll be happy to tell you all about life as a woman in medieval Scotland. OK, so it’ll just be an actress in period costume, but this is a storytelling event you and your children will certainly enjoy.  Visit the Edinburgh Castle website for information on other events, including a musical tribute to Mary Queen of Scots on June 11th and 12th.

If you are more interested in the life and times of Britain’s modern aristocracy, visit Holyroodhouse Palace, the official residence of the Queen when she is traveling in Scotland. From now until June 5th, the palace is featuring a special exhibition on the royal portraiture of Marcus Adams. Here’s your chance to see images of the Queen as a young girl before the cares of State. There is also an ongoing exhibition on the life of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen’s husband, to mark his 90th birthday on June 10th.


Princess Elizabeth, the future queen. Photo shot by Marcus Adams


[Image of Princess Elizabeth courtesy of Holyroodhouse Palace; Edinburgh Castle by Jordan S. Hatcher]

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