On Monday, Queen Elizabeth began her week of engagements in Scotland with a visit to a factory that makes the country’s favorite soft drink, Irn-Bru.
During her first visit to Scotland since the death of her husband of seven decades, Prince Philip, the 95-year-old monarch was accompanied by grandson Prince William.
At an AG Barr factory in Cumbernauld, the royals officially opened a new processing facility at a factory that makes Irn-Bru, the luminous orange fizzy drink that is more popular among Scots than Coca Cola.
While sampling the drink, William joked about “tasting the girders”, a play on words for the company’s tongue-in-cheek slogan.
“I’m trying to guess what’s in it, but it’s quite hard,” he said as he sniffed a bottle containing Irn-Bru essence. The secret is closely guarded.”
According to the media, the queen’s visit has been portrayed as part of a charm offensive to persuade Scots to reject independence if the Scottish government goes ahead with plans to hold a second referendum.
Later this week, the monarch will be joined by her daughter Princess Anne for events at her official Scottish residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.