For the month of August, the magnificent Scottish State Coach will be displayed on the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday year. Originally built for the Duke of Cambridge in 1830 and used for the coronation of his brother, William IV, the following year, the coach is today used by members of the Royal Family on ceremonial occasions. It will go on display from 30 July until 28 August.
The coach is just one of the highlights of a visit to the Palace this summer. Visitors can also enjoy the special exhibition Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe, a new exhibition Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden at The Queen’s Gallery, the new Family Pavilion in the Palace garden, or even visit the Palace as part of an Exclusive Evening Tour.
Originally known as the Cambridge Coach, the Scottish State Coach was remodelled in 1968–9 on Her Majesty’s instruction to create a coach specifically for Scotland. The emblems of the Order of the Thistle, the highest order of chivalry in Scotland, and the Scottish version of the Royal Arms were painted on the sides, and a model of the Crown of Scotland was added to the roof. The coach is normally housed at the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, home to the royal collection of historic coaches and carriages, and is usually drawn by four horses.
The Queen first used the Scottish State Coach on 22 May 1969, when she opened the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. The coach conveyed Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, The Prince of Wales and The Duke of York in the Silver Jubilee Procession in 1977; The Queen to an Order of Thistle Service in Edinburgh in 1994; and The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh back to Buckingham Palace after the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.
The photos show the magnificent Scottish State Coach on the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, with Windsor Grey horses, Meg and Tyrone.
Taking part in The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The coach will be taking part in this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday year and the Tattoo’s 2016 theme, ‘Tunes of Glory’. Each evening, it will make its way up the iconic Royal Mile, across the drawbridge of Edinburgh Castle and on to the famous Esplanade where it will be welcomed by a crowd of up to 8,800 spectators.
Added 5th August. We managed to spot the coach travelling up the Royal Mile for the dress rehearsal of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The coach, which is used by members of the Royal Family on ceremonial occasions, features the emblems of the Order of the Thistle, the highest order of chivalry in Scotland, the Scottish version of the Royal Arms, and a model of the Crown of Scotland in the roof. It is normally housed at the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, home to the royal collection of historic coaches and carriages. It will be on display at the Palace until 28 August.