Monday, 8 June 2015

Linlithgow Palace Gatehouse

The outer gate or 'fore entrance' to Linlithgow Palace was built for James V c1535 and gave access to the peel or outer enclosure.

Proudly displayed above the arch are four carved  panels that signify  James V was a member of four of Europe's most prestigious orders of chivalry ;  the Order of the Thistle of Scotland, the Order of the Garter of England, the Order of St Michael of France and the Order of the Golden Fleece of Burgundy. (The original panels were replaced by replicas in the 19th century)

In December 2012 it was the entry to Chanel's "Scottish Spectacular" held in the ruins of the Palace.