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Chanel catwalk at Linlithgow Palace

It's best known as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots but now Linlithgow Palace, near Edinburgh, is to host one of the world's leading fashion shows.

Luxury Paris fashion brand Chanel has confirmed the ruined castle in Linlithgow will be the backdrop to its 2012 annual Metiers d'Art fashion show, which celebrates the best of artisan craftsmanship.

The catwalk show, which will be watched by a number of celebrity guests, will be held on December 4.

Chanel confirmed that creative director Karl Lagerfeld "has chosen Edinburgh as the location for the collection, inspired by the rich heritage of Chanel in Scotland, and the craftsmanship of Scottish tweed and cashmere, that are an integral and iconic part of Chanel's collections".

Chanel also said that Linlithgow Palace will provide a spectacular backdrop for the collection.

Previous shows have taken place in Paris and Shanghai and star guests have included Diane Kruger and Vanessa Paradis.

The announcement come less than a month after Chanel agreed to buy Borders-based cashmere knitwear manufacturer Barrie Knitwear, securing 176 jobs in Hawick.

The company said: "Barrie Knitwear has worked with Chanel for more than 25 years producing cashmere knitwear, including Chanel's iconic two-tone cardigans. This acquisition safeguards the future of their business."

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