The Aberdeen Law Project's Student Director, Lindsay McCormick, and Advisory Committee member, Anna Robertson, were honoured to be invited to attend Her Majesty The Queen's annual Garden Party on Wednesday 2nd July at Holyroodhouse Palace, Edinburgh. Lindsay and Anna attended alongside 8,000 other individuals, all who were invited due to their commendable contributions to society or the organisations that they represent.
The Palace itself has beautiful grounds and the weather on the day was bright and sunny, allowing the Party's guests to enjoy their day under (mostly) blue skies. The Garden Party itself is part of the traditional activities that take place during 'Holyrood Week', where the British monarch visits Scotland and partakes in cultural and historical events, according to the monarchy's website. The tradition of the Garden Party dates back to King George VI and his wife, Queen Mary, with guests enjoying afternoon tea and the possibility of meeting senior members of the Royal Family.
The day started by guests being welcomed into the gardens surrounding Holyroodhouse Palace. Tea, sandwiches and cakes were served to those who attended before the National Anthem announced the arrival of Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family who accompanied her - Prince Philip, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, to name a few.
The Royal Company of Archers formed a circle surrounding the Royal Tea Tent to allow attendees an opportunity to see, and for some to speak to, the Royals on their walk around the gardens. On their departure, the guests were then given the opportunity to explore the Palace grounds accompanied by music played by the two military bands.
Lindsay and Anna greatly enjoyed their day where they had the chance to mingle with all the other guests, hear their intriguing stories and in turn discuss the pro bono legal services provided by The Aberdeen Law Project.
Lindsay felt it was a very special day for The Project:
"It is recognition of both the continuous hard work of the student members and The Project's great achievements over the past 6 years."