Royal Mile to host Jubilee party


IN HONOUR of Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years on the throne, promoters of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile have announced a Diamond Jubilee Afternoon Tea.

As home to both the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, and Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile also boasts numerous world-famous tourist attractions, including Canongate Kirk, famous for the ‘other Royal Wedding’ and a variety of shops and restaurants, making it the ideal location for a Royal celebration.

As part of the four-day long Diamond Jubilee celebrations, an Afternoon Tea Party will be held on West Parliament Square, beside the iconic St Giles’ Cathedral and stunning Signet Library.

One hundred guests will enjoy a traditional British cream tea with a Scottish twist.

The exclusive invitations will be up for grabs via a social media competition.  Interested parties can join the fun on Twitter – @royalmileedin or Facebook –  Anyone can enter – all ages very welcome.

A number of special guests will be welcomed, including pupils from the Royal Mile Primary School, residents of Whitefoord House – the Scottish Veterans Residence on the Canongate and representatives from the local business community.

The Diamond Jubilee Afternoon Tea Party event is part of the Council’s  Building Stronger Town Centres programme for the Royal Mile led by the Town Centre Coordinator and is sponsored by City Centre Posters (CCP) and The Real Mary King’s Close.

Councillor Tom Buchanan, Convener-Elect of Economic Development, said: “The Royal Mile is a must-see destination for all visitors to Scotland, but the Council recognises there  is potential to improve it.

“Events such as this will animate the area and make it a positive experience for visitors – as well as those residents, workers and businesses who use the street every day.

“Although this is a one-off occasion, it is part of a long-term programme recently put in place to improve the Mile and its surrounding areas.”

Dave Tanner, Operations Manager for CCP, said: “This tea party will provide a marvellous and memorable occasion for the historic Diamond Jubilee celebrations – a chance to celebrate with a uniquely Scottish flavour. City Centre Posters are proud to be involved in this event, which can only add further to the already historic, colourful, original and vibrant character of Edinburgh and the Royal Mile.”

Nigel Hosier, General Manager of The Real Mary King’s Close, said: “The Royal Mile is a very special place, with an extraordinary character and vibe, and the Diamond Jubilee Afternoon Tea Party will highlight this, not only for those of us who live and work here but also for anyone who wants to get into the spirit of this momentous occasion.  We are delighted to be associated with such a wonderful event and for the opportunity to be able to get together and celebrate with our neighbours – we know it will be an unforgettable day.”