People across Scotland united yesterday to celebrate the end of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in glorious style.
Patriot punters from across the nation marked the historic weekend with dozens of events – from large-scale street parties to small parties.
The capital’s Princes Street Gardens were mobbed as crowds moved in to watch the band from HM Royal Marines Scotland and Love Music Community Choir perform.
There was also an Edinburgh Festival Carnival Parade, specially organized for the Jubilee, with performers from Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, South Africa, Trinidad and the United States.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London was also shown on the big screen in the gardens.
Locals and visitors from near and far flocked to the free Jubilee event near Edinburgh Castle to celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign.
Some people waved British flags while others enjoyed picnics with cups and plates in the colors of the Union Jack.
Jevi Jervis, 41, a stay-at-home mom who has lived in Edinburgh for three years and is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, said: “It will be a once in a lifetime event I think.
“It’s great to celebrate the Queen on her jubilee. She probably won’t have another so we wanted to make sure we were part of history.
“Everyone is having a good time. People are dancing and there is a lot of support.
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“I thought the performers were amazing. I realize there would be so many from all over the world.
Susan Dick, 64, a retired teacher from Durham, said: ‘We came on Thursday. We love the queen very much.
“The performers were good. We enjoyed the girls dancing.
Phil Blase, 47, a leisure industry worker from Kingussie, Inverness-shire, said: ‘I came here as I have just returned to Kingussie. I was in London at Trooping the Colour, it was really good.
“I think there will be street parties today. We may never do it again, so it’s best to take advantage of it.
“I love the Queen. I think it’s good to come out and get involved.
Kelly Fillingham, 40, who works for Scottish Hockey and lives in Glasgow, said: “It was brilliant. We are big fans of the Queen.
“I didn’t know there was so much going on in Scotland, but we found this. It’s good to come and celebrate with everyone. It was a great atmosphere. »
Lynn Fillingham, 69, a transport company worker from Sheffield, Yorkshire, said: ‘We won’t see another one in our lifetime. I don’t think there will be another one at all.
“The good thing is that we sat and watched the concert as a family and had a barbecue yesterday. It just allows people to do things together, which is nice.
“Whether that’s your thing or not, it’s just nice to see so many people doing things like picnics.”
Nicola Miller, 33, a primary teacher from Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, said: ‘Because Glasgow was unfortunately not doing any celebrations, we wanted to celebrate, so we took a look online and saw Edinburgh was therefore we thought we’d get the train through and celebrate.
“We love the royal family. We just thought it was important enough to do something.
“I watched the concert last night, it was good. We also brought a little picnic with us today.
Jennifer Miller, 63, a university teacher also from Kirkintilloch, said: ‘The Queen’s special. She deserves it.
“The concert was fabulous. It’s nice to come to Edinburgh.
Nicola Anderson, 54, a gardener from Portobello in the capital, said: ‘It’s great to celebrate the Queen’s 70th birthday. She gave her life to be queen.
“I have a lot of respect for the Queen.
“It was a great turnout. There are also many different nationalities.
Dorothy Dickson, 73, a retired secretary from Portobello, said: “It’s lovely. It’s nice to see so many people here.
“I had three afternoon snacks. I finished the sandwiches.
“It’s special for us. The queen comes to Holyrood and I saw the first coronation. My father bought a television especially for that.
She added: “You’ll never see another one. It’s a once in a lifetime thing and we should be really proud of the Queen.
Most of the country enjoyed the celebrations under the dazzling sunshine.
The Met Office said Scotland recorded the hottest temperature in the UK yesterday (Sunday) – 20.5C (69F) at Tulloch Bridge near Fort William in the Eastern Highlands west.
In Perth, the Atholl Highlanders led a parade along Tay Street as they were cheered on by massive crowds.
The Perthshire Mela, which celebrates world music, danced to mark the big occasion in style.
The lively procession even included some amazing Brazilian carnival dancers.
The colorful parade ended at North Inch where people gathered for picnics.
In Rutherglen, near Glasgow, around 300 people were able to picnic in Overtoun Park, as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch.
More than 600 dinners were also planned across the Commonwealth and beyond, from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland.
Rutherglen event organizer Eugenie Aroutcheff said the green project in the park is designed to address social isolation and loneliness in the community.
Following the coronavirus pandemic, when people were forced apart, the focus this year is on getting neighbors and friends back together.
She added, “Everyone is having fun. We have food and drink stalls and music from a few live bands. And the weather was very good too.
Meanwhile, the 500 residents of Udston Estate in Hamilton got another royal knee after winning the Scottish Sun and Iceland competition for the £2,000 prize.
Families of all ages gathered for the final day of celebrations in the Lanarkshire town.
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