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Queen honours Scots at ceremony

Ceremony of the Key attended by the Queen at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh
The Queen at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh at the Ceremony of the Key

The Queen has honoured dozens of Scots at an investiture ceremony in the Scottish capital.

A total of 84 awards, including knighthoods, CBEs, OBEs, and MBEs, were given out at service in the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The event formed part of the Queen's week of summer engagements in Scotland, which got underway on Monday.

Recipients included an artist, tourism chief and a leading member of the Jewish community.

One of the first to be honoured was whisky firm boss Ian Good, who received a knighthood for services to industry.

The ceremony was very intimate and because it was in Scotland I knew quite a number of people who were also being honoured
Sir Ian Good

And he confessed to having a few nerves before his appointment with the Queen.

Sir Ian said: "I'm used to speaking in front of a number of people but I was more nervous today than if I had been speaking to 200 people."

He added: "The ceremony was very intimate and because it was in Scotland I knew quite a number of people who were also being honoured. But it was also very moving."

Sir Ian is the head of The Edrington drinks group and former chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association.

The Edrington group, whose brands include The Macallan and Famous Grouse, is Scotland's biggest private company and exports some five million cases a year.

He said that the company's shareholders were a charitable trust. The dividend that went to that trust allowed it to donate 8.4m to charities in Scotland last year.

Sir Ian said: "It's a tremendous honour to chair the trust and business and be able to give such a large sum for the benefit of Scotland. That's very important to me."

Garden party

Artist Alison Watt, a major figure in the world of Scottish contemporary art, received an OBE.

The same honour was given to Philip Riddle, the chief executive of VisitScotland, in recognition of his work for the tourism industry.

Annie Inglis, a former drama lecturer who has been involved in amateur dramatics in the north east of Scotland for some 50 years, was presented with an MBE.

Ephraim Borowski, a leading member of Scotland's Jewish community, also received the same honour.

Professor Timothy O'Shea, the principal and vice chancellor of Edinburgh University, was knighted for services to higher education.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh then hosted a garden party at the palace.

About 8,000 people from all walks of life were invited for tea and cake at the gathering.

The tradition dates back to the time of King George V and Queen Mary, who hosted the first garden party at Holyroodhouse.

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