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Opening of the Scottish Parliament


On Saturday 9th of October the new and permanent Scottish Parliament building was opened with the Queen and Sean Connery in attendance.  I was too late to get to it so tried to take some pics from the TV and they kinda worked so here are some pics I took of it.


The Architects wife on the left and The Queen and the First Minister on the right


On the right Prince Philip and the Queen with speaker of the Parliament George Reid


Sean Connery being interviewed and on right political commentary


Bust of the first First Minister Donald Dewar with his son and daughter on right


Some of the crowd that lined and marched on the Royal Mile


Picture left centre is our second first minister and centre right is Winnie Ewing, the SNP's first MP


This is the wife of the architect


Presenter Jackie Bird on the contemplation seat that each MSP has in their private chambers


The Queen's Scottish Crown


The Queen being escorted by the speaker of the Parliament, George Reid


The Queen meets Donald Dewar's Son and Daughter in the Donald Dewar Library and on right meets the leaders of each of Scotland's political parties.


Entertaining the crowds outside


Alex Salmon, leader of the SNP at Westminster taking a photo


Background music being played while folk in the debating chamber wait for the Queen


The Mace being carried in


Lord Lyon and his court come into the chamber


The Scottish Crown comes before the Queen in the chamber


George Reid, the Speaker, gives an excellent short speech


The Queen then replies and the young musician of the year gives a performance


A poem written by our Poet Lauriat is read out and then the current First Minister gives his speech


More music and song follows


Sean Connery is in the guest seats and then it's time for Auld Lang Sang and joining of hands


And lots of applause from everyone which concluded the proceedings

You can see video footage of the opening of Parliament here!

You might also like to read the book...

The Scottish Parliament before The Union of the Crowns
By Robert S. Rait (1901) (pdf)

The outline of the history of the Scottish Parliament, up to the Union of the Crowns, contained in the present work, is based upon the Essay on the Scottish Parliament, to which was adjudged, in 1899, the Stanhope Prize in the University of Oxford. A large portion of it has appeared in the English Historical Review for April and July 1900, and to the Editors of that periodical thanks are due for their courteous permission to reprint. Although the main theme closes with the Union of the Crowns in 1603, it has been thought desirable to include a brief sketch of the history of the Estates up to the Union of the Kingdoms in 1707; but the section dealing with the seventeenth century makes no attempt to do more than provide a very brief outline of general tendencies. The writer wishes to make acknowledgments of helpful criticism, received in the later stages of the preparation of this book, from Professor Lodge of Edinburgh, and from Mr. H. A. L. Fisher, Fellow and Tutor of New College. To Mr. Fisher, his former teacher (not of History alone), who continues to the colleague the same unfailing sympathy and kindness which he bestowed upon the pupil, the author gladly takes this opportunity of expressing his especial gratitude, together with the hope that a debt so pleasant may be allowed to increase through many years to come.


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