Midlothian Local Studies holds two albums of photographs covering the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to Midlothian on 29 June 1961. One of these was compiled by the local police force.
In beautiful summer weather, the Royal visitors had a full and hectic day. They made their first stop at Danderhall School and then to Dalkeith where they were welcomed by the local provost.
The next halt was at Bonnyrigg carpet factory and then to Newbattle Abbey where they were entertained to lunch by Midlothian County Council.
From Temple, the route continued to Penicuik where the Queen planted a tree to commemorate her visit. Then it was onto to Rosslyn Chapel which so intrigued the visitors that they stayed longer than expected and almost wrecked the day’s schedule. Several Royal visitors had stopped at the enigmatic chapel before, such as King George V in 1931.
Finally the party went to Loanhead where the Queen unveiled a memorial in the local park and visited Mactaggart Scotts engineering works. The whole day went almost without a hitch. Preparations had been made for weeks in advance. It was said that anybody who stood still for a couple of seconds was likely to be freshly painted.