A SCOTTISH pupil has helped to design an exclusive commemorative COP26 banknote.

Students from Flora Stevenson Primary School in Edinburgh took part in an RBS handwriting competition focused on the arrival of the global event to Scotland, for which the bank is principal partner.

The winning note features the words “together for our planet” in the handwriting of pupil Varshu, age 11. The £20 note has been showcased to delegates and world leaders over the course of the climate summit. It is RBS’ highest circulating banknote with more than £700 million currently in circulation, but only 350 COP26 commemorative notes have been produced. It is manufactured by DeLaRue from a polymer substrate which is recyclable.

Sonja Brown, headteacher at Flora Stevenson School, said: “We are very proud to see Varshu’s handwriting feature on the note which has been on display to leaders from around the world.”