Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with their two children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne in the grounds of Clarence House, London.

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with their two children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne in the grounds of Clarence House, London.Getty

The Royal Family has always shared a special relationship with Scotland and its people and this British Pathé footage from 1955 shows just that.

The whole family spends a huge amount of time in the country every year, and have always visited the highlands for their summer holidays. In this incredible footage, you can watch as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip disembark their private yacht, the Royal Britannia at Aberdeen, and are greeted by Lord Provost.

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Also spotted are Prince Charles and Princess Anne who can be seen watching on as Queen Elizabeth carries out her Royal duties.

Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populated city in the country, located in the northeast of Scotland. 

The private yacht the Royal Family arrive on was Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, also known as the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former royal yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, which was in service from 1954 until 1997. During its service, the yacht travelled more than a million nautical miles around the globe. Now retired from royal service, Britannia is permanently berthed at Ocean Terminal, Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This incredible footage gives us a real insight into the Royal life in 1955, and opens the window into history, if even for just a moment.

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Have a look at the British Pathé newsreel, Royal Family in Scotland (1955) footage below:

British Pathé, on their YouTube channel, describes this footage as:

"SV. "Britannia" arriving at Aberdeen. SV. Crowd waving. Angle shot, pan, Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh coming down gangway and being greeted on quayside by Lord Provost of Aberdeen. SV. Prince Charles and Princess Anne with Princess Margaret watching from deck of Britannia (2 shots). SV. Queen inspects Guard of Honour. Angle shot, pan, Princess Margaret coming down gangway with children.[sic]"

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* Originally published in Nov 2019.