The Queen enjoys animated meeting with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland

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The Queen enjoys animated meeting with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland
The Queen meets SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland (PA)
The Queen meets SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland (PA)

The Queen was smiled as she met Scotland’s leader Nicola Sturgeon during a meeting at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Queen Elizabeth II was really animated as the powerful pair, both in powder blue, sat for discussions.

The 95-year-old was pictured waving her arms and smiling at the Scottish First Minister who is currently pushing for a second independence referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon wore a light blue suit as she sat for the friendly discussion, with the monarch also dressed in a powder blue floral dress.

Queen Elizabeth II receives First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II receives First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon (PA)

The meeting at the Queen’s official residence in Scotland took place during her traditional trip north of the border for Holyrood Week.

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

The visit marks the Queen’s first official visit north of the border since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The visit marks the Queen’s first official visit north of the border since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh (PA)
The visit marks the Queen’s first official visit north of the border since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh (PA)

Meanwhile, the Duke of Cambridge spoke emotionally about the late Duke of Edinburgh after touring a warship under construction.

He said his grandfather would have been fascinated by the skills and technology on display.

William visited a shipyard to meet the team building HMS Glasgow on the banks of the River Clyde.

It was announced the Duchess of Cambridge has become the sponsor of the Royal Navy frigate.

The Duke of Cambridge, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, chats to workers as they view construction work on HMS Glasgow (PA)
The Duke of Cambridge, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, chats to workers as they view construction work on HMS Glasgow (PA)

He said: “My family’s affection for the Royal Navy is well known, and, as I saw the work taking place here today, I was thinking of my grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. He would have been fascinated and excited to see such advances in skills and technology being put into practice.”

Philip served with the Royal Navy during the Second World War, had a long association with the service after leaving, and also had a passion for engineering.

The Queen’s late consort once said in an interview: “The whole of our infrastructure, from sewers to power supplies and communication, everything that wasn’t invented by God is invented by an engineer.”

Originally William’s visit to the shipyard was due to take place in May but Covid restrictions meant it had to be postponed.

He said: “Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of my wife Catherine as sponsor of the superb ship we see taking shape outside – HMS Glasgow. I know that Catherine will be delighted to join you here in Glasgow for the naming ceremony in due course.”

The Queen is introduced to the drink (PA Wire)
The Queen is introduced to the drink (PA Wire)

Before leaving, William was presented with three wooden models of Royal Navy warships for his children to paint.

It came after the Queen was introduced to Scotland’s other national drink Irn-Bru earlier in the four-day visit north of the border.

She was joined by her grandson the Duke of Cambridge, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, who took a sip of the soft drink as the Queen looked on.

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