Every year on the Saturday nearest the anniversary of the birth of Mary Queen of Scots in 1542 the Marie Stuart Society lays a commemorative wreath at her tomb in Westminster Abbey and this year the honour fell to a Duns woman.
A small party meets at the West Door of Westminster Abbey and is led through to the south aisle of the Lady Chapel.
Dominating the aisle is a most impressive marble tomb, surmounted by a fine white marble effigy of Mary, under an elaborate canopy, erected to his mother’s memory by her son James VI and I (England).
The aisle is cleared of visitors to allow a short service after which the wreath is laid and this year the honour of doing so fell to Marianne Morrison from Duns, a long standing member of the Dunse History Society.
The society is in process of raising funds to erect a statute to Mary at Linlithgow Palace, her birth place, and funding permitting, it is hoped, this will be unveiled in April of next year.