US News Warm enough, ma'am? Queen dons traditional velvet robes and a white plumed hat as she's joined by Prince William and Princess Anne for the Order of the Thistle service on a VERY sunny day in Edinburgh

14:26  06 july  2018
14:26  06 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Her Majesty was unfazed by the soaring temperatures as she joined Prince William and Princess Anne at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh for The Order of the Thistle Service .

Warm enough , ma ' am ? Queen dons traditional velvet robes and a white plumed hat as she ' s joined by Prince William and Princess Anne for the Order of the Thistle . Meghan emulates the ever-colourful Queen - and Kate - in a bright yellow shift dress

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Cambridge depart from the Order of the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh. © Press Association Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Cambridge depart from the Order of the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh. The Queen donned her full regalia to attend the Thistle Service in Edinburgh today, accompanied by Prince William and Princess Anne.

The 92-year-old monarch looked resplendent in her traditional green velvet robes and white-plumed hat as she took part in the ceremony at St Giles' Cathedral in the Scottish capital. 

Her Majesty looked in good spirits this morning despite having to wear the heavy robes in the hot weather.

Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal attend the Order of the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh. © Press Association Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal attend the Order of the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh. Both the Duke of Cambridge, 35, and the Princess Royal, 67, also wore green velvet robes and feathered hats as they attended the service.

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Warm enough , ma ' am ? Queen dons traditional velvet robes and a white plumed hat as she ' s joined by Prince William and Princess Anne for the Order of the Thistle . Meghan emulates the ever-colourful Queen - and Kate - in a bright yellow shift dress

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The Thistle Service takes place once every two years to install new members of the Order of the Thistle.

Ahead of the church service, there is a procession to St Giles' Cathedral through Edinburgh town centre.

Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh. © Press Association Queen Elizabeth II attends the Order of the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh. Following the service there is a reception and lunch at the Palace of Hollyroodhouse.

This year, Sir Richard Scott, the Duke of Buccleuch and Queesnberry, and Sir Ian Clark Wood will be installed into the order. 

Richard Scott, the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, became a 'sir' following his previous investiture to the Order of the Thistle, the greatest order of chivalry in Scotland.

The Princess Royal attends the Order of the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh. © Press Association The Princess Royal attends the Order of the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh.

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Warm enough , ma ' am ? Queen dons traditional velvet robes and a white plumed hat as she ' s joined by Prince William and Princess Anne for the Order of the Thistle . Meghan emulates the ever-colourful Queen - and Kate - in a bright yellow shift dress

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WHAT IS THE ORDER OF THE THISTLE?  

The Order of the Thistle is the greatest order of chivalry in Scotland, recognising sixteen Knights with the highest honour in the country and recognises Scottish men and women who have held public office or who have contributed in a particular way to national life. 

The Order is second only in precedence in England to the Order of the Garter. 

The date of the foundation of the Order is not known, although legend has it that it was founded in 809 when King Achaius made an alliance with the Emperor Charlemagne. 

a group of people walking down the street: The procession to St Giles' Cathedral begins at the Signet Library in Edinburgh Town Centre © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The procession to St Giles' Cathedral begins at the Signet Library in Edinburgh Town Centre The Buccleuch family, owners of more than 240,000 acres of private land in Scotland. 

The order honours Scottish men and women who have held public office or contributed in a particular way to public life.

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The Queen , Prince Philip, Princess Anne and Prince William all attend the annual Order of the Thistle service .

As she excited her car, Prince Charles planted a kiss on her left hand - much to the enthusiasm of those in the crowd. The Queen was dressed in a white silk headscarf ' She shall be, to the happiness of England, an aged princess . Many days shall see her , yet no day without a deed to crown it.'

There are just 16 knights within the order, in addition to certain members of the royal family - the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal.

a group of people wearing costumes: Members of The Royal Company of Archers took part in the military parade ahead of the service © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Members of The Royal Company of Archers took part in the military parade ahead of the service Businessman and philanthropist Sir Ian Wood has also been given Scotland's highest possible honour.

All of the appointments to the Order are made as a personal gift from the Queen.

The order is the greatest order of chivalry in Scotland, recognising Scottish men and women who have held public office or who have contributed in a particular way to national life. 

Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Cambridge attend the Order of the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh. © Press Association Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Cambridge attend the Order of the Thistle Service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh. The Queen is currently in Scotland for Holyrood Week, which normally takes place from the end of June to the beginning of July.   

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