Queen Elizabeth visits the Irn-Bru factory and Prince William tastes the ‘girders’

queen elizabeth visits the irn bru factory and prince william tastes the 'girders'
queen elizabeth visits the irn bru factory and prince william tastes the ‘girders’

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.

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