King Charles and Queen Camilla will travel to Edinburgh for a National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication

Why King Charles is having a second coronation and what to expect

When the King and Queen travel to Scotland the following week, they will commemorate their coronation a second time.

On Wednesday, July 5, as part of Royal Week, Charles, 74, will receive the Honours of Scotland (Crown Jewels) during a national service of thanksgiving at St Giles’ Cathedral.

The historic moment when Charles and Camilla were crowned was witnessed by world leaders and foreign royals in May at Westminster Abbey in London.

What will take place at the ceremony in Edinburgh, then?


William and Kate will join Charles and Camilla at the ceremony in Edinburgh
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A procession of about 100 community groups, who will receive the honors from Edinburgh Castle, will lead off the service.

Corporal Cruachan IV, the Shetland pony mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, and cadet musicians from the 51 Brigade Cadet Military Band of the Combined Cadet Force will lead the procession to St Giles’ Cathedral.

The public will line the Royal Mile to watch both processions as the royal procession moves from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to the cathedral. The Prince and Princess of Wales, known in Scotland as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, will accompany the King and Queen in the procession.

After the St. Giles service, a 21-gun salute will be fired from Edinburgh Castle, and the royal procession will then proceed back to the palace. An RAF flypast will end the ceremony.


The service will take place at St Giles’ Cathedral
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Timings for the Scottish coronation

  • 1315 –  People’s Procession leaves Edinburgh Castle Esplanade
  • 1330 –  People’s Procession arrives at West Parliament Square
  • 1340 –  The Honours of Scotland (Crown Jewels) leave the Castle Esplanade under military and police escort
  • 1340 –  Military bands and Household Cavalry Mounted Regiments depart from Palace of Holyroodhouse to West Parliament Square
  • 1350 –  The Honours arrive at West Parliament Square
  • 1405 –  Royal Procession leaves the Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • 1410 –  Royal Procession arrives at St Giles’ Cathedral
  • 1415 –  National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication begins
  • 1515 –  Service ends
  • 1520 –  King and Queen exit St Giles. Royal Gun Salute from Edinburgh Castle
  • 1540 –  RAF flypast


The Palace of Holyroodhouse
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What are the Honours of Scotland?

The Honours of Scotland, the country’s oldest Crown Jewels, have participated in many significant royal ceremonies over the past five centuries. The Crown of Scotland, made of gold and silver and set with 43 precious stones like diamonds, garnets, and amethysts, serves as their focal point.

The Sceptre is believed to have been a gift to James IV from Pope Alexander VI in 1494, while James V had the Crown made in 1540 and first wore it at Mary of Guise’s coronation that same year.

However, the Sword of State, which Pope Julius II gave to James IV in 1507, is said to be in extremely fragile condition, so the King will be given a new sword at the ceremony.


The Crown of Scotland
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How can I watch the service?

The National Service of Dedication and Thanksgiving can be viewed on television, and the Royal Procession and People’s Processions can be heard on BBC Radio 3.

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