Crowds flock to the Peel to watch Queen’s return

New Mary Queen of Scots statue unveiled at the Peel, Linlithgow
New Mary Queen of Scots statue unveiled at the Peel, Linlithgow
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Last weekend saw hundreds of locals and visitors alike flock to the Peel in Linlithgow to watch the unveiling ceremony of a new statue.

A full size bronze of Mary, Queen of Scots, commissioned by the Marie Stuart Society, now stands proudly on the Peel overlooking her birthplace, Linlithgow Palace.

Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture, Europe and external affairs said: “It’s an honour to be here today to witness history in the making and it’s been fantastic to see the people of Linlithgow give such a warm welcome to one of the town’s most famous former residents.

“It’s testament to the regard Mary is held in across the world and to the work of the Marie Stuart Society,that the exercise to raise funds for the statue attracted donations from across the globe.”

The statue’s plinth was carved by apprentice stonemasons from Historic Scotland and the lettering gilded by an apprentice painter.

Dr David Mitchell, director of conservation at Historic Scotland said: “Today’s unveiling is the fruition of many years of hard work from the Marie Stuart Society, and indeed our own staff.”