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Full Report: Queen to re-open Abbotsford House

The Scottish Borders home of Sir Walter Scott is to re-open to the public.

Abbotsford house near Melrose has undergone a multi-million pound restoration.

The house still contains many of the objects that inspired Scott's literary works, such as Rob Roy and Ivanhoe.

It has been refreshed and is now as it would have been in his day, as Jenny Longden reports.

Watch her full report below.

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Preview look inside Abbotsford House

Abbotsford House: The historic home of Sir Walter Scott Credit: ITV News Border

ITV Border has been given a preview of the former home of Sir Walter Scott, Abbotsford House, before it opens to the public.

The house has been closed for almost two years to allow for restoration works costing £12 million to be carried out.

Sir Walter Scott's library of more than 9,000 books has been displayed as it would have been when he lived at Abbotsford House Credit: ITV News Border

It has been confirmed that the Queen will open the historic Borders house on 3rd July, before it opens to the public the following day.

Some of the artefacts on display on the walls of Abbotsford House Credit: ITV News Border

Abbotsford Trust "delighted" with royal opening

Her Majesty The Queen will officially open Abbotsford House on Wednesday 3rd July following a multi-million pound restoration project.

The Queen will be given a tour of the house before unveiling a plaque commemorating the occasion.

Her Majesty will also be introduced to guests at the opening reception, including trustees and employees of The Abbotsford Trust, the Trust’s funding partners and a number of Sir Walter Scott’s descendants from the UK and overseas.

The former home of Sir Walter Scott has been closed for almost two years.

“The Abbotsford Trust is delighted that Her Majesty The Queen accepted our invitation to officially re-open this historic property.

"Abbotsford is one of the most famous houses in the world, built by a man whose cultural and literary legacy cannot be underestimated.

"We believe that Abbotsford is set to become both an important cultural centre and tourist destination for the Scottish Borders and are honoured that Her Majesty will be one of the first people to tour this rejuvenated attraction.”

– Lord Sanderson, Chairman, The Abbotsford Trust

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Abbotsford House prepares to re-open

Abbotsford House during the renovation period Credit: ITV News Border

The finishing touches are put to Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott, before it re-opens next week.

£12 million has been spent on a restoration project to transform Abbotsford into a world class visitor attraction.

The opening, on July 4th, will be the result of a five year campaign to save the historic property, following the death of the last of Sir Walter's descendants, Dame Jean Maxwell Scott.

Two rooms that were previously closed to the public will be on show for the first time.

Queen donates pigeon to Carlisle charity

The Queen has donated a baby pigeon to a charity hoping to raise £10,000 to build a monument in memory of animals who died in both world wars.

The bird comes from her collection of racing pigeons from the lofts at Sandringham.

The Animals in War Memorial Monument fund will sell the pigeon alongside others in September and think the royal fledgling could raise up to £500.

"The pigeon fraternity loves the queen, she's a good fancier herself and she has won a lot of honours and for her to give us a pigeon up in Cumbria it is just fantastic for us, we are thoroughly grateful.

"We want the monument in Bitts Park beside the castle because of the historic part of it all and young people will see the monument and for what it is for, and what it is about and it will be an education for young people."

– Stephen Glencross, Carlisle

So far the group have raise £1,000 toward the memorial which will depict a soldier releasing a pigeon alongside a horse and dog.

"Pigeons in the war effort were very, very important to the war effort. Hundreds of thousands were killed in both world wars.

"They saved many many lives and the pigeons received 32 Dickens medal, horses, dogs and cats also received it and that's why the monument is about animals in war."

– Bill Southward
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