Nicola Sturgeon says that William and Kate's trip to Scotland is 'a matter for the royal household'

In her daily coronavirus briefing, the First Minister refused to comment on whether the royal couple arriving in Scotland today was in breach of the cross-border travel restrictions saying it was ‘a matter for the royal household’.

Following a response on social media to the Earl and Countess of Strathearn arriving in Edinburgh this morning for a royal visit, Nicola Sturgeon was asked to provide some clarity on the situation which some people have suggested is in breach of cross-border travel restrictions which are currently being enforced in Scotland.

Ms Sturgeon responded: “The royal visit is a matter for the royal household and the arrangements around it, and I think any questions of those arrangements, should be directed to the royal household."

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She added: “The Scottish Government was advised about the intention to visit and we made sure that the royal household were aware, as you would expect, of all of the restrictions in place in Scotland so that that could inform both the decision and the planning of the visit but I think any questions about that should be directed to the royal household.”

Nicola Sturgeon said today that the Earl and Countess of Strathearn choosing to travel is a 'matter for the royal household'
Nicola Sturgeon said today that the Earl and Countess of Strathearn choosing to travel is a 'matter for the royal household'

William and Kate arrived in Edinburgh Waverley this morning to the sounds of a piper playing Christmas songs including Jingle Bells and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town before setting off to meet ambulance staff in Newbridge, near the Capital.

The couple travelled overnight after setting off on Sunday evening from London's Euston station on the three-day tour, which will see them thank communities, outstanding individuals and key workers for their efforts during the coronavirus crisis.

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