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Her Majesty visits oldest inn

Pubgoers surprise as The Queen pops in

sheep HeidA quiet pint at one of Britain’s oldest pubs might be a pleasure in itself, but for the regulars of The Sheep Heid Inn there was an extra treat when they were joined by a special guest – Her Majesty the Queen.

The Monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh popped in to the famous local in Duddingston following a day at Musselburgh races.

The inn, the oldest in Scotland, is just a short drive from Holyrood Palace where they have been staying for the opening of the Scottish Parliament.

Her Majesty, accompanied by a small group, sat in the public dining area and enjoyed a meal and drinks. Staff were only told about her visit an hour beforehand.

Earlier in the day she was a guest at Musselburgh Racecourse to celebrate its 200th birthday and to unveil a sculpture.

Photo: Sheep Heid (by Terry Murden)

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