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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 October, 2004, 14:14 GMT 15:14 UK
In Pictures: Holyrood opening
The final touches are put to the area around Holyrood in advance of the formal opening by the Queen on Saturday
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The final touches are put to the area around Holyrood in advance of the formal opening by the Queen on Saturday
Police were out in force from the early hours putting up barricades and closing off roads
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Police were out in force from the early hours putting up barricades and closing off roads
George Reid
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Inside, the debating chamber, Presiding Officer George Reid has a wistful look about him
Inside Parliament Hall
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Parliament Hall was the first stop for the Queen's itinerary, where speeches were made before heading out to the Royal Mile
First Minister Jack McConnell addresses the gathering in Parliament Hall
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First Minister Jack McConnell addresses the gathering in Parliament Hall
Outside, something above the Royal Mile catches the Queen's attention as she heads for a dais from which to watch the Riding
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Outside, something above the Royal Mile catches the Queen's attention as she heads for a dais from which to watch the Riding
Meeting the people - the Queen and the first minister go on a short walkabout in bright sunshine
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Meeting the people - the Queen and the first minister go on a short walkabout in bright sunshine
The Riding goes by and the Queen is clearly amused by something in the 1,000-strong processio
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The Riding goes by and the Queen is clearly amused by something in the 1,000-strong procession
Presiding Officer George Reid gives a hearty rendition of Auld Lang Syne while the Queen looks a little less sure
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Presiding Officer George Reid gives a hearty rendition of Auld Lang Syne while the Queen looks a little less sure
The Duke of Edinburgh joins in Auld Lang Syne with MSPs Trish Godman and Murray Tosh
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The Duke of Edinburgh joins in Auld Lang Syne with MSPs Trish Godman and Murray Tosh
Benedetta Tagliabue, widow of the parliament's architect Enric Miralles, joins in the celebrations from the balcony in the debating chamber
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Benedetta Tagliabue, widow of the parliament's architect Enric Miralles, joins in the celebrations from the balcony in the debating chamber




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