Prince Charles and Princess Anne Attend the Order of the Thistle Service

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Photo credit: Jane Barlow - PA Images - Getty Images
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The highest order of chivalry in Scotland is the Order of the Thistle, and today, the biennial
Thistle service was held today to install new members.

This year, Queen Elizabeth made two new appointments to the Order: Dame Elish Angiolini, a Scottish lawyer, and Sir George Reid, a Scottish politician and academic.

Queen Elizabeth is the Sovereign of the Order, and Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and Prince William are all Royal Knights of the Thistle—but only Charles and Anne were in attendance today.

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Photo credit: Jane Barlow - PA Images - Getty Images

Per the Royal Family, "Every other year, dressed in their striking green velvet robes, glistening insignia and white-plumed hats, the knights take part in a grand procession to the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle in Edinburgh, for the Order of the Thistle Service."

There were packed crowds of folks hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal siblings Charles and Anne entering or exiting the Order of the Thistle service.

Photo credit: Jane Barlow - PA Images - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jane Barlow - PA Images - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jane Barlow - PA Images - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jane Barlow - PA Images - Getty Images

There was no service in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in 2018, Queen Elizabeth attended alongside Prince William.

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Photo credit: Andrew Milligan - PA Images - Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth was in Scotland this week as part of Holyrood Week, and she attended the Ceremony of the Keys and a military parade. The 96-year-old British monarch was all smiles as she made her first public appearance since her Platinum Jubilee.

In addition yesterday, three of the Queen's children—Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward—along with Edward's wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Anne's husband, Sir Tim Laurence, represented the Queen at the fourth and final Garden Party of 2022.

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

The week of royal engagements in Scotland come as Buckingham Palace published its diversity statistics and its annual financial report.

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