In marking the Platinum Jubilee, the Bruce family would like to record their appreciation of HM The Queen’s extraordinary record of public service over the last 70 years. Two members of the family – Edward Bruce, 10th Earl of Elgin, and Andrew Bruce 11th Earl of Elgin – have been honoured to represent the Queen as Lord Lieutenant of Fife, together serving for a period of 25 years during her reign.
There have been many occasions during such a long and eventful reign where family members have had an opportunity to meet the Queen. Perhaps the most significant moment arose in 1964 when it was decided there should be Royal unveiling of the equestrian statue of Robert the Bruce. The Queen visited the battlefield of Bannockburn at Stirling on 24th June 1964, exactly 650 years after the battle had been fought. There she met three generations of the Bruce family at the place where the king chose to raise his standard and rally his troops on midsummer’s day 1314.