It is a golden day for scores of young men and women from across Courier Country.
Bathed in glorious sunshine, they are among hundreds converging on the Palace of Holyroodhouse to receive their Duke of Edinburgh gold awards on Thursday.
The Earl of Wessex, a trustee of the awards, is attending two ceremonies in the gardens to mark their achievements.
He is being joined by celebrities from all walks of life who hand out certificates to those who had reached the pinnacle of the scheme, the world’s leading youth achievement award.
Every year the initiative, established by the Earl’s father Prince Philip in 1956, develops more than 430,000 young people for life and work in the UK.
The awards are delivered in more than 700 centres across Scotland, including schools, youth clubs and prisons, and are supported by more than 80 partners and around 3,500 adult volunteers.