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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The Queen's Scotland palace has been placed under emergency lockdown

Officials have rushed to the Palace of Holyrood, in Scotland, after a ‘suspicious letter’ arrived at the residence. According to reports, the note was delivered alongside a package that contained ‘white powder’.
A source told The Sun: "It was a letter that was sent and when opened a note and white powder was discovered.
"Due to the current alert it’s feared the white powder is some sort of harmful chemical. "A full response has been initiated until it’s known exactly what the powder is."

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland explained: "Police in Edinburgh were called to the Palace of Holyrood House around 12.05pm after reports were received that a suspicious letter had been delivered.

"Emergency services are in attendance and enquiries are ongoing." It is now believed the package in question "does not pose any risk to the public" – but officials are still trying to find out who the sender is.

The Palace of Holyrood is the official residence of the monarch in Scotland. The Queen enjoyed a one-week residence in the castle at the beginning of each summer, to carry out engagements and ceremonies.

She is still reported to be in residence at London’s Buckingham Palace. But she and Prince Philip are expected to host a garden party at Holyrood Palace next month.

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