Her Majesty the Queen will visit the City of Perth on Friday, 6th July as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebratory tour of Scotland. During the visit the Queen will be presented with the keys to the city and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh will be given the freedom of the city. The Royal Party will visit Balhousie Castle and Perth College, before attending a luncheon at Scone Palace.

Perth and Kinross Council have issued advice about viewing points, public and road traffic arrangements.

Perth will be receiving a grant of £650,000 from Historic Scotland to restore and repair its historic buildings as a result of being awarded city status, which will be officially recognised by the Queen on Friday. Perth’s historic buildings include more than 360 listed properties, such as the A-listed Sheriff Court, St John’s Kirk and Perth Bridge.

The Sheriff Court was built between 1816 and 1819 by Robert Smirke; St John’s Kirk dates to the 15th century, with later alterations, and was remodelled in the 20th century by one of Scotland’s best period architects, Robert Lorimer while Perth Bridge, dating from 1766, features seven sandstone arches designed by John Smeaton.