The Lieutenancy of Dunbartonshire

Queen's Tree Luss - Planting Ceremony - 13th September 2015


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 The village of Luss marked the historic event of Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history, with the planting of a tree.   The tree, a red oak, stands in a prominent site at the entrance to the village opposite the local hotel.   The event was led by Sir Malcolm and Lady Colquhoun of Luss and family, with HM Lord-Lieutenant for Dunbartonshire representing HM the Queen.   The local MSP Jackie Baillie was in attendance along with the Reverend Ian Miller, and local councillors from Argyll & Bute.

The parade through the village was led by the Helensburgh Clan Colquhoun Pipe Band; from the Church to the site.

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 It became a more 'inclusive' celebration with the Lomond School Choir from Helensburgh singing 'Loch Lomond', whilst a smaller group of schoolchildren of Luss sang two Gaelic songs before closing with 'Scotland the Brave'.   It was an historic event in which those who took part will remember all their lives.

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The unveiling of the stone was carried out by HM Lord Lieutenant Rear Admiral Michael Gregory OBE following a speech in which he reminded all of the service of duty given by Queen Elizabeth during her long reign.  The symbolic planting of the tree was carried out by Aaron Hamilton who, aged four years, is the youngest pupil in Luss Primary School.   Dressed in his kilt, he enthusiastically set about shovelling the soil around the base of the tree and posed majestically for a picture with his spade.  The tree should live for centuries and in years to come, when these children are 'old timers' sitting beneath the tree on the corner, they will remember the events of 2015.

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Photos by Courtesy of West Highland Photography

Further photos HERE and copies available from: West Highland Photography