The Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Freelance History Writer

The Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse (Photo by the author) The Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse (Photo by the author)

The itinerary of our Mary Queen of Scots tour included a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and I looked forward to this with great anticipation. Since learning the Palace was the scene of the murder of David Rizzio, personal secretary of Queen Mary, I have wanted to see the room where it happened. I was not disappointed and seeing Holyroodhouse was one of the highlights of my trip.

The origins of the Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse date back to the founding of an Augustinian abbey in the twelfth century on forested land below the volcanic peak called Arthur’s Seat. It sits at the end of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and for centuries it has had royal connections and has gone through several transformations. It is still a working palace to this day.

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