Friday, April 26, 2013

Day Six - Edinburgh

The travelers visited 2 memorable sites in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the 6th day of the trip: Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.  Edinburgh Castle has several important structures from its medieval past: St. Margaret's Chapel, dating from the 12th century; David's Tower, built in 14th century as the royal residence of David II; and the Royal Palace and Great Hall, built in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Honours of Scotland--the Crown, Sceptre, and Sword of State--are on display in the Castle. The Honours are the oldest Crown Jewels in the British Isles and were first used together in the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots in 1543.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland. It has been the royal residence for over 500 years. The Queen is in residence every summer. At other times the State Apartments are often used by members of the Royal family for special events.