Royals Queen Elizabeth Travels to Scotland for Historic Ceremony in First Public Appearance Since Jubilee The Queen, 96, traveled to Edinburgh by Royal Train and was joined by her son Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex for a ceremony at the Palace of Holyroodhouse By Simon Perry Published on June 27, 2022 07:52 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Queen Elizabeth is back in Scotland! The 96-year-old monarch traveled by Royal Train overnight to Edinburgh and will be based at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, her official residence in the Scottish capital — for the next several days as members of the royal family carry out a series of public duties. The Queen was pictured smiling and holding her walking cane (which she has used frequently since last fall) as she appeared for the historic Ceremony of the Keys on Monday morning. During the ceremony, the monarch is handed the keys of the city of Edinburgh and welcomed to "your ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland." Although she has received audiences at her Windsor Castle home in the past week, the outing on Monday marked her first public appearance since her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in early June. The Queen was absent from all five days of Royal Ascot earlier this month — one of her go-to events. The palace also announced on Monday that the Queen will attend an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade in the gardens of Holyroodhouse on Tuesday. Queen Elizabeth on Monday morning at the Ceremony of the Keys. Tim Rooke/Shutterstock On Monday, the Queen was joined by her youngest son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex (known by their Scottish titles the Earl and Countess of Forfar when they're in Scotland.) Queen Elizabeth's Recent Health Setbacks — from Her Hospitalization to Her COVID-19 Diagnosis With pipers and drummers from the Royal Highland Fusiliers and the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland providing the musical accompaniment for the ceremony, the Queen received the keys, which were presented to her on a red velvet cushion. The Queen with Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Tim Rooke/Shutterstock During the week, there will be a garden party attended by Prince Charles, Edward and Sophie and Princess Anne, and an investiture ceremony of Scottish people receiving honors from the Queen. She may also hold an audience with the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, but it's unknown how much the Queen will be seen. Tim Rooke/Shutterstock Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more! As has become the norm as she battles her ongoing mobility issues, Buckingham Palace only confirmed in the hours beforehand that the Queen had made the journey north to Scotland from Windsor Castle. For more on Queen Elizabeth, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. Last week, it emerged that the Queen has been horse-riding again after a hiatus due to "discomfort." A royal source told PEOPLE: "At 96, it's amazing that the Queen has been on her horse."