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The Queen visits Irn Bru factory as she tours Scotland for first time since Duke of Edinburgh died

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The Queen has been introduced to Scotland’s other national drink Irn Bru as she began a four-day visit to Scotland.

The tour of AG Barr’s factory in Cumbernauld is the Queen’s first official visit north of the border since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

It was the Queen's first trip to Scotland since her husband died
Image: It was the Queen’s first trip to Scotland since her husband died

The 95-year-old monarch, who has spent most of lockdown at Windsor Castle, was joined by her grandson the Duke of Cambridge – known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland.

Her Majesty was visiting to officially open the factory’s new process facility.

The royals are carrying out engagements which celebrate Scottish community, innovation and history for Holyrood Week, also known as Royal Week, which was cancelled last year because of the pandemic.

The Queen’s daughter Princess Anne will be accompanying her for engagements on Wednesday and Thursday.

This year, in line with government guidelines, traditional events hosting thousands of people such as the garden party at Holyroodhouse will not take place.

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Prince William tasted some Irn Bru
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In a series of tweets on Sunday, Buckingham Palace emphasised the Queen’s long-standing links to Scotland.

It said: “Tomorrow, The Queen will arrive in Scotland for #RoyalWeek2021 Royal Week, or ‘Holyrood Week’, takes place each summer as The Queen and Members of the Royal Family undertake visits across Scotland celebrating Scottish culture, achievement and communities.

“Her Majesty is connected to Scotland by ancestry and deeply held affection. As well as spending family summers at Balmoral Castle, The Queen has visited almost every area of Scotland from the Outer Hebrides to Dumfries, meeting Scots from all walks of life.”