Zandra savours dual royal engagements

Zandra Elliot
Zandra Elliot

FORMER Provost Zandra Elliot mixed with royalty in the last seven days – not once, but twice.

The Hawick and Hermitage Conservative councillor was a guest of local Tory MSP John Lamont at the official opening of Parliament at Holyrood last Friday.

And earlier this week the former Pringle of Scotland model was invited to the Queen’s Garden Party at Holyrood.

Mrs Elliot (pictured) was nominated to attend the official opening of the fourth session of Parliament in recognition of the contribution she has made to Hawick and the surrounding community.

She was among 100 ‘local heroes’ who savoured the occasion. She also formed part of a 1,000-strong procession for the historic ‘Riding’ along the Royal Mile part of the centuries old tradition.

Mrs Elliot said: “The official opening of Parliament by HM the Queen was a spectacular occasion and it was a great honour to sit in the gallery listening to the speeches.

“The parade of Local Heroes was a fun and colourful occasion with all ages involved.All in all it was a day I will always remember – a great end to my provostship.”

While after Monday’s Garden Party, and another audience with the Queen, she added: “It was a very pleasant day out with the excitement mounting as the Queen’s arrival approached.

“As usual, Her Majesty was at her elegant and graceful best and spent much time chatting to various guests as did the Duke of Edinburgh and the Earl of Wessex.”