The monarch, 95, will be accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay and will deliver a speech during the ceremony in the debating chamber to mark the official start of the sixth session of parliament.

Music, poetry, and statements by Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will also feature during Saturday morning’s opening of parliament.

After the ceremony, the Queen, Charles and Camilla will meet Scots who have been recognised for their contribution to communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Charles and Camilla will also attend (Jane Barlow/PA) / PA Wire

The Queen who has been on her annual break at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, will meet party and parliamentary leaders in the garden lobby ahead of the ceremony in the debating chamber.

The royal mace that sits at the front of the chamber and the Crown of Scotland would be carried in during a procession as music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland plays.

The Royal Conservatoire Brass will perform Fanfare for the Opening of Parliament 2021. composed by John Wallace and conducted by John Logan as The Queen enters the chamber.

She will be followed by the mace, which will be carried by parliamentary clerk Rea Cris, and the crown that will be brought in by the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon, the hereditary keeper of the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Music will then be performed by Orin Simpson on the flute and Seoras Chlad on the guitar from the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music and then Musicians in Exile — Glasgow-based performers comprising asylum seekers and refugees — before a speech by Ms Sturgeon.

Ae Fond Kiss by Robert Burns and Kirn Street by Michael Biggins will be performed by Biggins, BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2021.

Kathleen Jamie was announced as the new Makar earlier this year (Robert Perry/PA) / PA Wire

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