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Queen watches Prince William try Scotland’s national drink Irn Bru

The Queen was supported by her grandson Prince William as she made her first official visit north of the border since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh today.  

Her Majesty, 95, was introduced to Scotland’s national drink Irn Bru before being given a tour of AG Barr’s factory in Cumbernauld, where the iconic soft drink is manufactured. 

The 95-year-old monarch, who put on a stylish display a blue ensemble complete with pearl necklace and white gloves, was joined by the Duke of Cambridge – known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland – as she officially opened the factory’s new process facility.

The Queen, who will be joined by Princess Anne on Wednesday and Thursday during the four-day visit, is in Scotland for Royal Week where she will be taking part in engagements celebrating community, innovation and history.

This afternoon, the Queen and William attended the traditional Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in which Her Majesty inspected the Guard of Honour before being officially welcomed to Edinburgh by the Lord Provost, who offered the monarch the keys of the city.

The Queen, 95, has arrived in Scotland for the first official visit north of the border since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Cambridge, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, tries Irn-Bru as Queen Elizabeth II looks on, during a visit to AG Barr's factory in Cumbernauld, where the drink is manufactured, as part of her traditional trip to Scotland for Holyrood Week

The Duke of Cambridge, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, tries Irn-Bru as Queen Elizabeth II looks on, during a visit to AG Barr’s factory in Cumbernauld, where the drink is manufactured, as part of her traditional trip to Scotland for Holyrood Week 

The 95-year-old Queen pictured alongside her grandson the Duke of Cambridge when in Scotland today

The Queen and Prince William arriving at the AG Barr's factory

The 95-year-old Queen pictured alongside her grandson the Duke of Cambridge when in Scotland today

This afternoon, the Queen and William attended the traditional Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in which Her Majesty inspected the Guard of Honour before being officially welcomed to Edinburgh by the Lord Provost, who offered the monarch the keys of the city (pictured)

This afternoon, the Queen and William attended the traditional Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in which Her Majesty inspected the Guard of Honour before being officially welcomed to Edinburgh by the Lord Provost, who offered the monarch the keys of the city (pictured)

The Queen, who has continued with her duties as head of state despite grieving for her late husband, will be staying at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, her official residence in Scotland. 

During the visit, the Duke of Cambridge quenched his thirst with a sip of Irn Bru and declared ‘you can taste the girders in it’ during a factory visit with the Queen. 

Irn Bru is popular among Scots and wider afield and the soft drink – known for its catchy slogans – has entered folklore north of the border as the perfect hangover cure.  

After touring the plant with the Queen, who has spent most of lockdown at Windsor Castle, the duke was offered a drink and was asked by commercial director Jonathan Kemp if he had tried Irn Bru when he wad a student at the University of St Andrews in Fife. 

The 95-year-old monarch put on a stylish display a blue ensemble complete with pearl necklace and white gloves. Pictured, Prince William tries Irn-Bru

The 95-year-old monarch put on a stylish display a blue ensemble complete with pearl necklace and white gloves. Pictured, Prince William tries Irn-Bru

Prince William during a visit to AG Barr's factory in Cumbernauld

The Duke of Cambridge tried to guess the secret recipe

During the visit, the Duke of Cambridge (pictured, left and right) took a long sniff of Irn Bru and said: ‘I’m trying to guess what’s in it but that’s quite hard, isn’t it?’

After raising his glass and sipping a sample of Ir Bru, the Duke of Cambirgde said it was 'delicious'

After raising his glass and sipping a sample of Ir Bru, the Duke of Cambirgde said it was ‘delicious’

The visit comes just one month after Prince William and Kate Middleton embarked on a week-long tour of Scotland in May, which was dubbed a royal charm offensive to help persuade the country to resist the demands of nationalists for independence. Pictured, Duke of Cambridge trying Iron Bru

The visit comes just one month after Prince William and Kate Middleton embarked on a week-long tour of Scotland in May, which was dubbed a royal charm offensive to help persuade the country to resist the demands of nationalists for independence. Pictured, Duke of Cambridge trying Iron Bru

The Duke of Cambridge, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, tries Irn-Bru

Queen Elizabeth II looks on as her grandson takes a ssip

The Duke of Cambridge, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, tries Irn-Bru as Queen Elizabeth II looks on (pictured)

Prince William was asked by commercial director Jonathan Kemp if he had tried Irn Bru when he wad a student at the University of St Andrews in Fife. Pictured, before trying a sample

Prince William was asked by commercial director Jonathan Kemp if he had tried Irn Bru when he wad a student at the University of St Andrews in Fife. Pictured, before trying a sample

The Queen signed the guest booked as she kickstarted her four-day tour of Scotland with a visit to AG Barr's factory in Cumbernauld

The Queen signed the guest booked as she kickstarted her four-day tour of Scotland with a visit to AG Barr’s factory in Cumbernauld

‘Not St Andrews,’ he replied, but added that Irn Bru was often a part of lunches during his time in the armed forces, and after raising his glass and sipping he said it was ‘delicious’.

William was intrigued when Colin Reilly, upstream manager, brought over a small jar containing the clear essence of Irn Bru – with the recipe a secret only known to three people.

The history behind IRN BRU – the carbonated soft which is made to a SECRET recipe containing 32 flavours 

Launched in 1901 in Scotland, IRN-BRU is a carbonated soft drink made to an original secret recipe, which contains 32 flavours. 

In 1901, steel workers working on the re-building of Glasgow Central Station were drinking too much beer to quench their thirst. 

Local soft drinks manufacturer AG Barr handed them a tonic-like drink comprised of caffeine and sugar that helped get workers through a hard days work. 

‘Iron Brew’ was born and a long history of it getting Scots through tough situations quickly began.

In 1946, the UK soft drinks industry proposed amendments to food labelling regulations, meaning it would become illegal to use a name which was not literally true.

This would’ve resulted in ‘Iron Brew’ being banned because despite it containing iron, it has never been brewed.

The product was then registered as IRN-BRU.

Robin Barr announced that he was retiring from his role of Chairman in 2009, but said he plans to continue mixing the secret recipe for the drink a the company’s headquarters.

He has passed the secret recipe onto his daughter, Julie.

Barr horses used to haul lorries piled high with creates and became famous in their own right – particularly Clydesdale Canera – who was named after boxing champion Primo Carnea.

He reportedly weighed and ton and was believed to be the largest working horse in the world.

 Source: agbarr.co.uk 

After taking a long sniff the duke said: ‘I’m trying to guess what’s in it but that’s quite hard, isn’t it?’

Mr Reilly said: ‘I’d love to tell you,’ and William smiled as he replied: ‘This is a closely guarded secret.’

Irn Bru was launched in 1901 and has become a key brand in Scotland, rivalling whisky as the country’s national tipple.

This afternoon, the Queen and the Duke of Cambridge attended the Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The ceremony, which always takes place at the start of Royal Week, saw the Queen inspect the Guard of Honour on the forecourt of the palace, before being officially welcomed to Edinburgh by the Lord Provost, who offered Her Majesty the keys of the city.

Afterwards, Her Majesty and her grandson met local volunteers and first responders to thank them for their efforts during the pandemic.

The Guard of Honour for this year’s Ceremony of the Keys was provided by the Balaklava Company, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

They were supported by the Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Holyrood Week, also known as Royal Week, was cancelled last year because of the pandemic.

This year, in line with Government guidelines, traditional events hosting thousands of people such as the garden party at Holyroodhouse will not take place.  

In a series of tweets on Sunday ahead of Her Majesty’s visit, Buckingham Palace emphasised the Queen’s long-standing links to Scotland. 

It said: ‘Tomorrow, The Queen will arrive in Scotland for Royal Week 2021, or ‘Holyrood Week’, takes place each Summer as The Queen and Members of the Royal Family undertake visits across Scotland celebrating Scottish culture, achievement and communities.

‘Her Majesty is connected to Scotland by ancestry and deeply held affection. As well as spending family Summers at Balmoral Castle, The Queen has visited almost every area of Scotland from the Outer Hebrides to Dumfries, meeting Scots from all walks of life.’

The visit comes just one month after Prince William and Kate Middleton embarked on a week-long tour of Scotland in May, which was dubbed a royal charm offensive to help persuade the country to resist the demands of nationalists for independence. 

The Queen returned to work with a beaming smile on April 27 in her first photographed engagement since the funeral of her beloved Prince Philip.

The monarch was seen via videolink from Windsor Castle while welcoming dignitaries to Buckingham Palace.

Appearing on screen dressed in a pale blue floral dress with pearls, she held a virtual audience to receive Her Excellency Ivita Burmistre, the Ambassador of Latvia, at Buckingham Palace. 

The 95-year-old monarch was joined by her grandson the Duke of Cambridge as she officially opened the factory's new process facility

The 95-year-old monarch was joined by her grandson the Duke of Cambridge as she officially opened the factory’s new process facility

Queen Elizabeth walks with Chief Executive Roger White in the bottling plant during a visit to AG Barr's factory

Queen Elizabeth walks with Chief Executive Roger White in the bottling plant during a visit to AG Barr’s factory

Her Majesty (pictured) and grandson Prince William were given a tour of the factory

Her Majesty (pictured) and grandson Prince William were given a tour of the factory 

Her Majesty (pictured) was given a tour of AG Barr's factory in Cumbernauld on day one of her four-day tour of Scotland to mark Holyrood week

Her Majesty (pictured) was given a tour of AG Barr’s factory in Cumbernauld on day one of her four-day tour of Scotland to mark Holyrood week

Irn Bru is popular among Scots and wider afield and the soft drink - known for its catchy slogans - has entered folklore north of the border as the perfect hangover cure. Pictured, Her Majesty William during a visit to AG Barr's factory in Cumbernauld

Irn Bru is popular among Scots and wider afield and the soft drink – known for its catchy slogans – has entered folklore north of the border as the perfect hangover cure. Pictured, Her Majesty William during a visit to AG Barr’s factory in Cumbernauld

She also received Her Excellency Sara Affoue Amani, the Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire, during the virtual meeting.

It came 10 days after the funeral of her husband Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 earlier on 9 April.

Though it marked the first time the Queen was photographed working since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, on April 17, it wasn’t the first time she had been back to work since his death.

The Queen returned to royal duties just four days after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.  

Her Majesty, whose arrival marked a four-day visit to Scotland, will be staying at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, her official residence in Scotland

Her Majesty, whose arrival marked a four-day visit to Scotland, will be staying at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, her official residence in Scotland

The 95-year-old monarch put on a stylish display a blue ensemble complete with pearl necklace and white gloves

The 95-year-old monarch put on a stylish display a blue ensemble complete with pearl necklace and white gloves

The Queen (pictured) is in Scotland for Royal Week where she will be taking part in engagements celebrating community, innovation and history

The Queen (pictured) is in Scotland for Royal Week where she will be taking part in engagements celebrating community, innovation and history

In a series of tweets on Sunday ahead of Her Majesty's visit, Buckingham Palace emphasised the Queen's long-standing links to Scotland

In a series of tweets on Sunday ahead of Her Majesty’s visit, Buckingham Palace emphasised the Queen’s long-standing links to Scotland

During the visit, the Duke of Cambridge quenched his thirst with a sip of Irn Bru

The royal declared 'you can taste the girders in it' during a factory visit with the Queen

During the visit, the Duke of Cambridge (pictured, left and right) quenched his thirst with a sip of Irn Bru and declared ‘you can taste the girders in it’ during a factory visit with the Queen

The monarch (pictured), who has spent most of lockdown at Windsor Castle, will be joined by Princess Anne on Wednesday and Thursday

The monarch (pictured), who has spent most of lockdown at Windsor Castle, will be joined by Princess Anne on Wednesday and Thursday

The Queen is in Scotland for Royal Week where she will be taking part in engagements celebrating community, innovation and history

Pictured, receiving flowers as she meets employees during a visit to AG Barr's factory in Cumbernauld

The Queen (pictured, left and right) is in Scotland for Royal Week where she will be taking part in engagements celebrating community, innovation and history

The Duke of Cambridge (pictured) said Irn Bru was often a part of lunches during his time in the armed forces Irn Bru

The Duke of Cambridge (pictured) said Irn Bru was often a part of lunches during his time in the armed forces Irn Bru

On that occasion she attended retirement ceremony for the former Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel on Tuesday.

Then, in her second official engagement since Prince Philip’s death, she welcomed her new Lord Chamberlain to his post.

Two weeks of royal mourning in memory of the Queen’s husband of 73 years ended for the monarchy and their households on Friday April 23, meaning the Windsors were allowed to go back to work full-time.

The royal family gathered for a poignant final farewell to Philip on April 17 at a socially-distanced funeral service in St George’s Chapel, with the Queen pictured sat alone as she grieved for her consort. 

The Queen completed her ensemble with a coordinating hat which featured floral detail (pictured)

The Queen completed her ensemble with a coordinating hat which featured floral detail (pictured)

The monarch meets Robin Barr (left) during a visit to AG Barr's factory in Cumbernauld, where the Irn-Bru drink is manufactured

The monarch meets Robin Barr (left) during a visit to AG Barr’s factory in Cumbernauld, where the Irn-Bru drink is manufactured

After the Queen's arrival (pictured), the Duke of Cambridge quenched his thirst with a sip of Irn Bru and declared 'you can taste the girders in it'

After the Queen’s arrival (pictured), the Duke of Cambridge quenched his thirst with a sip of Irn Bru and declared ‘you can taste the girders in it’

Crowds of well-wishers gather to greet Her Majesty and the Duke of Cambridge, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, as they arrive for a visit to AG Barr's factory in Cumbernauld

Crowds of well-wishers gather to greet Her Majesty and the Duke of Cambridge, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, as they arrive for a visit to AG Barr’s factory in Cumbernauld

The Queen arriving at AG Barr's factory in Cumbernauld, where the Irn-Bru drink is manufactured, alongside her grandson

The Queen arriving at AG Barr’s factory in Cumbernauld, where the Irn-Bru drink is manufactured, alongside her grandson

The Queen (pictured today) returned to royal duties just four days after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen walks through the factory floor during a visit to AG Barr's factory in Cumbernauld

The Queen (pictured today) returned to royal duties just four days after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen turned 95 just 12 days after the duke died and used her birthday to release a message thanking well-wishers for their tribute to Philip.

She said she and her family were in a ‘period of great sadness’ but were comforted by words of praise for the duke.

‘We have been deeply touched and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life,’ she added.

The Queen takes part in the ancient Ceremony of the Keys, which saw Her Majesty offered the keys to Edinburgh under a military guard of honour

The Queen takes part in the ancient Ceremony of the Keys, which saw Her Majesty offered the keys to Edinburgh under a military guard of honour

The Queen and Governor of Edinburgh Castle, Major General Alastair Bruce of Crionaich attend The Palace Of Holyrood house

The Queen and Governor of Edinburgh Castle, Major General Alastair Bruce of Crionaich attend The Palace Of Holyrood house

The Queen (pictured) has presided over the traditional Ceremony of the Keys at the start of the annual Royal Week

The Queen holds flowers she was presented with

The Queen (pictured) has presided over the traditional Ceremony of the Keys at the start of the annual Royal Week

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Queen Elizabeth II (pictured together) attend The Palace Of Holyrood house this afternoon

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Queen Elizabeth II (pictured together) attend The Palace Of Holyrood house this afternoon

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