Thursday, 26 March 2015

Kings Gate, Dalkeith Palace

The Kings Gate, the ceremonial entrance to Dalkeith Park was built in 1838 to be used in the event of the reigning monarch visiting Dalkeith Palace. The first monarch to use the gates was Queen Victoria who passed through with Prince Albert on their way to stay with the Duke of Buccleuch on their first visit to Scotland in 1842. They evidently enjoyed themselves because they came again in 1859 and in 1872.

These days the gates are only opened once a year to admit visitors arriving by motor car to attend the annual Dalkeith Agricultural Show in August.