In the summer of 1914 Linlithgow buzzed with anticipation. The town was to receive a visit from the new King George V and Queen Mary in early July.


As the final days of June passed the townspeople busied themselves with ensuring that houses and streets were clean and tidy and decorated to greet the visitors.


The news of the assassination of an Austrian Arch Duke and his wife in far off Sarajevo on June 28th was unlikely to have any effect on Linlithgow………..