Scotland marks the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla
Published 05 July 2023
Thousands lined the streets in central Edinburgh to watch ‘The People’s Procession’ ahead of a The National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication to mark Their Majesty’s recent Coronation.
100 people representing aspects of Scottish life formed the procession, including staff from the NHS, emergency services, transport services and parliament, marking Scotland’s moment to celebrate.
The King and Queen and The Prince and Princess of Wales also processed through the city centre as The Honours of Scotland travelled from Edinburgh Castle to St Giles Cathedral where they were collected and processed into the service by the People’s Procession.
The Honours of Scotland – or Scottish regalia - include the sword, sceptre and crown which were presented to The King during the service before returning to Edinburgh Castle.
The Congregation was made up of people from various walks of life in Scotland including the First Minister, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Political Party Leaders, the People’s Procession, Church and Faith Communities and the charity and voluntary sectors.
Scotland's First Minister Humza Yousaf gave a reading, and there was music from violinist Nicola Benedetti.
The service was followed by a 21-gun salute from Edinburgh castle, and a flypast by the RAF's Red Arrows.
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