The former chairman of The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) was delighted to meet the Queen recently at Holyroodhouse Palace.
Mrs Ruth Beattie, from Garvel Road in Milngavie, who was chairman of the RSCDS for two years, was invited to Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh with her husband Philip and other office bearers to meet Her Majesty the Queen on July 1.
The Queen is a keen Scottish country dancer herself and patron of the RSCDS and they presented her with her own personal copy of The Diamond Jubilee Collection, a limited edition of specially devised Scottish country dances which was published last year to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
It was proposed that a special dance be devised to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and this was extended to six dances which were published as a special limited edition collection.
Mrs Beattie said: “The Queen was very friendly and she acknowledged all my hard work during my time as chairman. She particularly liked one of the dances called Castle of Mey which is named after the Queen Mother’s former residence in Scotland.
“She said she hoped to be able to do that dance one day herself, perhaps at the Ghillies Ball at Balmoral, and that it seemed easier than the first dance in the collection called The Royal Patron which she thought was very difficult.”
Although this wasn’t Mr and Mrs Beattie’s first visit to Holyroodhouse, they had been there a few years ago during the Church of Scotland Assembly as guests of the Lord High Commissioner, she says they felt honoured to be there again.
Mrs Beattie added: “It’s such a beautiful Palace and just as impressive every time you visit.
“The rooms are very gracious and elegant with old furnishings and they are filled with beautiful flower arrangements.
“We were very courteously treated by staff in attendance and we all had a really lovely day there.”
Mrs Beattie started dancing when she was only three years old when she took up ballet classes.
It wasn’t until she was about 11 years old that she began Scottish country dancing and now she’s been doing it for over 60 years and has been a member of the RSCDS for the same length of time.