From The Archive No 22.

February 12, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

ARCHIVE1899ARCHIVE1899The Queen and Scottish Parliaments First Minister Donald Dewar MSP watch the parades from the Royal Dias after the opening of the Scottish Parliament today ( Thursday 1/7/99) In 2017 I started a series of image posts from the Mediaphotos archive to mark the 20th anniversary of starting the business. It's been a while since I posted any of these old images but thought the start of a new year was a good time to start the series again. 
So here is image number 22, a shot of The Queen and the late Donald Dewar MSP who was First Minister of Scotland at the time, pictured at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in July 1999. 
A momentous day in Scottish Politics which was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles as well as Sean Connery and numerous politicians and crowds of thousands who had gathered to see the pageantry of the occasion. 
The picture was taken on The Mound in Edinburgh where a dias had been built from which the Royal party could view the pageant and flypast by Concorde and The Red Arrows. I was shooting from a fixed point position directly opposite the dias.
At this time I was still shooting on film and this image along with many others from the event were scanned using a Nikon LS1000 film scanner and saved on to my Apple Powerbook 3400 laptop before being sent via modem to the worlds press.
A small selection of other images from the day can be viewed at: https://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/scottishparliamentopening


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