Scottish Parliament’s 20th anniversary – information about the Ceremony


The full line-up has been announced for Saturday’s ceremony celebrating the Scottish Parliament’s 20th Anniversary.

The first part of the day will see Her Majesty The Queen address Parliament.  The Queen will be accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay.

This will be followed by a fun packed afternoon for all the family.  The doors of the Scottish Parliament will be opened to everyone to explore with a huge range of free events and entertainment.

Her Majesty The Queen’s Address to Parliament: 11.00 am – 12.00 pm

Order of Ceremony

Her Majesty The Queen will be preceded into the Chamber by:

• The Scottish Parliament’s Mace

• Royal Company of Archers.

• The Crown of Scotland borne by the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon, escorted by the Lord Lyon King of Arms and the Captain-General

Fanfare for Elizabeth, Her Majesty The Queen, composed and conducted by John Wallace CBE and performed by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Brass Ensemble, will play on The Queen’s arrival in the Chamber.

This will be followed by the welcome from the Presiding Officer

Her Majesty The Queen addresses the Scottish Parliament

Performance The Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomon’ arranged by D M Gardner
 Conducted by Mark Evans and performed by The National Youth Choir of Scotland Chamber Choir.

First Minister responds followed by Ruth Davidson MSP

Poem   THE LONG VIEW written and performed by Jackie Kay, Scots Makar accompanied by Lewis McCaskill, Scottish Youth Theatre performing in Gaelic, Suzanne Bonnar singing and Moira Anne McAuslan performing in BSL (BSL translation by Amy Cheskin)

Richard Leonard MSP responds.

Performance Farewell to Govan composed by Phil Cunningham
Arranged and conducted by John Logan, Head of Brass and performed by Braw Brass accompanied by Phil Cunningham, Artistic Director of Traditional Music and Jenn Butterworth, Lecturer in Practical Studies The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Patrick Harvie MSP responds followed by Tavish Scott MSP

Song  Ae Fond Kiss by Robert Burns arranged by Donald Shaw and Kevin McCrae
Sung by Karen Matheson accompanied by Donald Shaw on piano and the Harvey String Quartet.

The Presiding Officer closes the meeting of Parliament and the Scottish Parliament’s Piper Stuart McMillan MSP plays A Man's a Man for a' That by Robert Burns to mark The Queen’s departure.


More information on the Scottish Parliament’s free afternoon celebration can be found here.


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