Scottish Secretary hosts constituents during Trooping ceremony

THERE was a good representation from Dumfriesshire at a special reception at the Scotland Office in London on Saturday to celebrate The Queen's official birthday.

The event was hosted by local MP David Mundell in his role as Secretary of State for Scotland at Dover House in Whitehall, which has a large balcony overlooking Horse Guards Parade.

Invited guests were able to view the Trooping the Colour ceremony, carried out by the Household Division of the British Army, and reviewed by Her Majesty.

Mr Mundell expressed delight that so many of his constituents had travelled to London to view the spectacle while enjoying drinks and nibbles in his department's main offices.

He said: "This is a fantastic spectacle involving more than 1400 soldiers, including musicians and around 200 horses.

"It was a wonderful tribute to The Queen, who, as usual, carried out her duties faultlessly and with precision.

"All the those taking part were fully trained serving soldiers, who could be deployed at short notice anywhere in the world, possibly putting their lives in danger in the service of their country."