Her Majesty The Queen to address new session


Her Majesty The Queen is to address the new session of the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 2 October it has been announced today.

The Opening Ceremony will bring together the people, the Parliament and The Queen to mark the beginning of the Sixth Session of the Scottish Parliament.

Her Majesty The Queen will be joined for the occasion by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in the Debating Chamber, alongside MSPs.

This year’s ceremony will pay tribute to ‘local heroes’ chosen from across Scotland for the part they have played during the pandemic in their communities either locally or nationally.

Those attending and watching at home will also enjoy a programme of music and entertainment that reflects the rich diversity of Scotland’s communities.

Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone MSP said: 

“This Parliament has started its Sixth Session with renewed hope, energy and determination.  We are honoured that Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay will join us in marking the beginning of this new chapter.

“The past year and a half has been immensely challenging, but we look forward to recognising and celebrating local heroes from across Scotland for their contributions to their communities during this pandemic.

“Our opening ceremonies have always sought to bring the people, the Parliament and The Queen together.  This tradition will continue and the people will be at the heart of our proceedings once again.”

Details of the programme, including guests, local heroes and performers will be announced over the coming weeks. 

In June, the Parliament launched a nation-wide campaign to search for ‘local heroes’ to recognise the extraordinary contribution people have made to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Representing each region of Scotland, every MSP has been asked to select and nominate someone to be recognised as part of the day. 


Announcements, updates and further information when available can be found on our opening ceremony webpage.

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