The construction of the new Scottish Parliament house at Holyrood was completed in July 2004. It was officially opened by the Queen on Satuday 9 October. Many people were protesting for Scotland's independence from England and the Queen's presence was not welcome by all. Ridiculously, protestors were permitted to demonstrate in a 'pen' about 300m away from any of the proceedings, near to the foot of Arthur's seat. One (and only one) committed individual stayed there until the very end of the ceremony.