Tartan blanket and £200 bottle of whisky among Scottish gifts to Queen marking Jubilee

1 June 2022, 17:13

Nicola Sturgeon is due to attend the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London
Nicola Sturgeon is due to attend the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London. Picture: Alamy

By Gina Davidson

The Queen is to be presented with two iconic Scottish gifts to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee - a £235 bottle of whisky and a tartan blanket.

Nicola Sturgeon has revealed that a limited edition bottle of Johnnie Walker whisky, with a special design to celebrate the beauty of Scotland’s plants and wildlife, and a throw made from the tartan commissioned in honour of the three bridges across the Forth, will be presented on behalf of Scots.

The First Minister also told MSPs that a "Jubilee Wood" of 70 native trees will be planted in Holyrood Park, within sight of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh to mark the occasion.

Ms Sturgeon said it was an "historically appropriate gesture" as the Queen’s first duty in Scotland following her accession to the throne had been to plant a cherry tree that still stands by the entrance to the Canongate Kirk - where her grand-daughter Zara Phillips was married in 2011.

It is also expected that wild flowers will be planted beneath the trees by primary and nursery school children.

She said: "This initiative will enhance the part of our capital city that the Queen knows and loves. It is also historically apt. It is hoped that the trees planted this year for her Platinum Jubilee will still be standing and flourishing 70 years from now, and indeed for many years after that, they will be an enduring and fitting reminder of a unique occasion in history and an expression of the regard and affection in which the Queen is held by so many across our nation."

Describing the Queen as a "very good friend to our parliament", the First Minister said that at every public event in Scotland "it was very obvious just how much public affection there is for her, and also was for the Duke of Edinburgh, who's loss last year will, I'm sure, be very keenly felt by her over the coming days."

She also said it was |one of the great privileges of being First Minister" to have private conversations with the Queen.

'These are, of course, rightly confidential, but it's fair to say that the opportunity to talk with her and to benefit from her knowledge, wisdom, and a unique perspective on modern history has been an experience that I deeply value and will always cherish."

Acknowledging that not all Scots support the royal family, she added: 'There are and always have been different views in our country, indeed in this chamber, about the institution of monarchy, and the democratic right to express those views is always to be celebrated.

"But the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee is not just about an institution. It is above all about the life and service of an extraordinary woman, someone who had no more choice than any of us do about the circumstances into which she was born, but who has given a lifetime of dedicated service, and we should all pay tribute to that.

"So it's absolutely right that we celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth let us congratulate her warmly on a rain of unprecedented length. And let us acknowledge with deep gratitude and respect her dedication to duty."

The bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Rare Side of Scotland whisky to be presented to the Queen is designed by Timorous Beasties, incorporating the Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights), three of Scotland’s rare large birds – the majestic white-tailed eagle, the curlew and the rapid eider duck, as well as two of Scotland’s smallest rare wonders: the narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth, and Scotland’s smallest butterfly – the Small Blue. Floral depictions of machair, saxifrage and mountain havens complete the scene.

The gifts will be presented when Nicola Sturgeon visits London to attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday and the Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Michael Holt, 54, from the Wirral, was found dead in the boat 700 miles into the charity challenge off the coast of Cape Verde, west Africa

Fundraiser launched to return home British father found dead on boat four weeks into 3,000-mile Atlantic ocean row

A remote track near Pitilie

Murder probe launched after former groundsman shot dead while walking his dog on Scottish estate

David Shuttleworth and Matthew Melling escaped jail despite accidents at their trampoline park

Trampoline park bosses fined after 270 injuries in just two months including 11 broken backs

Henry Staunton (left) was fired as chair of the Post Office last month. He has since engaged in a public row with Business Secretary Kemi Bedenoch (right)

'I am the subject of a smear campaign': Sacked Post Office boss hits out at Kemi Badenoch following public row over exit

Union members protesting in Lagos

Government workers strike over Nigeria’s soaring inflation and economic woes

Prince Andrew led the royals into a memorial service after Prince William was forced to pull out

Smiling Prince Andrew returns to the fold as he leads royals into church after William pulls out

Crowds gathered to look for the money-filled briefcase, which was buried to create publicity for a concert.

'Treasure hunters' spark outrage by digging up protected sand dune to find buried money after influencers promote event

Global is launching a new sports podcast The Sports Agents

Behind the scenes of sport: First trailer for Global's new podcast The Sports Agents

Eco-protesters stormed five offices across London

Eco-zealots storm London's Walkie Talkie building as they march through City over insurance for oil projects

Actors from 'shambolic' Willy Wonka-inspired event left 'humiliated' as children dressed as Oompa Loompas are reduced to tears

Actors from 'shambolic' Willy Wonka-inspired event 'humiliated' as children in Oompa Loompa costumes burst into tears

M&S introduced a new line of Christmas gin products in 2020, with Aldi launching its product line the following year.

Aldi loses court appeal in 'strikingly similar' festive gin bottle row with M&S

The BBC has apologised to the young person at the centre of the scandal

BBC apologises to family of young person at centre of Huw Edwards scandal

Nicola Bulley 'experts' have joined the search for the toddler

Nicola Bulley 'experts' begin search for missing boy Xielo Maruziva, 2, in River Soar

Sharon Goddard, 53, died after waiting 12 hours in A&E

'Neglected' mum died after waiting more than 12 hours in A&E after returning from dream holiday

Lengthy Royal Mail delays have caused a three-year-old toddler to miss vital chest surgery after urgent NHS letters went undelivered. File images.

Toddler misses chest surgery after Royal Mail fails to deliver urgent NHS letters, leaving him coughing and wheezing

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron

Germany and Poland rule out troops for Ukraine as Kremlin warns of wider war