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Scottish State Coach

Release date: Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Picture of the Scottish State Coach at The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Picture of the Scottish State Coach at The Palace of Holyroodhouse Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

For the month of August, the magnificent Scottish State Coach will be displayed on the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse to mark Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday year.  Originally built for the Duke of Cambridge in 1830 and used for the coronation of his brother, William IV, the following year, the coach is today used by members of the Royal Family on ceremonial occasions.  It will go on display from 30 July until 28 August.

The coach is just one of the highlights of a visit to the Palace this summer.  Visitors can also enjoy the special exhibition Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe, a new exhibition Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden at The Queen's Gallery, the new Family Pavilion in the Palace garden, or even visit the Palace as part of an Exclusive Evening Tour.

Originally known as the Cambridge Coach, the Scottish State Coach was remodelled in 1968–9 on Her Majesty's instruction to create a coach specifically for Scotland and the emblems of the Order of the Thistle, the highest order of chivalry in Scotland, and the Scottish version of the Royal Arms were painted on the sides, and a model of the Crown of Scotland was added to the roof.

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