The Prince and Princess of Wales will join the King and Queen at their Scottish coronation

Why the Prince and Princess of Wales have different royal titles in Scotland

The Prince and Princess of Wales will attend the special ceremony on Wednesday at St Giles’ Cathedral while the King and Queen are in Scotland for Royal Week.

However, did you know that William, 41, and Catherine, 41, each hold a unique royal title in Scotland?

The late Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge upon the couple following their 2011 wedding. Additionally, they were given the titles Earl and Countess of Strathearn and Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus, which correspond to their positions in Scotland and Northern Ireland, respectively.


The couple are now known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland
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But William and Catherine were made the Prince and Princess of Wales after Charles succeeded to the throne in September 2022.

As the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, they have adopted Charles’ former Scottish title.

It is a dukedom that was first held by David Stewart, the son of Robert III of Scotland, in 1398.

Charles will receive the Honours of Scotland, the country’s crown jewels, during the special thanksgiving ceremony on Wednesday.

Holyrood Week, or Royal Week in Scotland, occurs every year when the monarch spends a week based at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

The Ceremony of the Keys, held on the palace forecourt on Monday, is where the King receives the keys to the city.


William and Kate, pictured in 2011, met at the University of St Andrews
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Additionally, it is anticipated that Charles and Camilla will see a newly stitched panel made especially for them when they visit the Great Tapestry of Scotland.

His Majesty will attend a celebration on the Royal Yacht Britannia in the evening to mark the 25th anniversary of her arrival in Edinburgh.

Why Scotland is special to the royal family

Since she was a young girl, the late Queen Elizabeth II spent her summers at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire and Glamis Castle in Angus, strengthening her ties to Scotland.

When she was crowned Queen, she spent the summer months entertaining her family at Balmoral, which included grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In the 2016 ITV documentary Our Queen at Ninety, Princess Eugenie discussed how much her family loves Balmoral. She declared, “It’s the most beautiful place on earth.”


Balmoral Castle
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She continued, “I believe Granny is the happiest there; I believe she really, truly adores the Highlands… There are always dogs around, along with walks and picnics! And there are always people entering and leaving. Since we are all present, Granny and Grandpa have a great home base from which we can visit them. Up there, there is plenty of space to run and breathe.”

The opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament was attended by Queen Elizabeth II in 2021 for the first time without Prince Philip, who passed away earlier that year at the age of 99.

“I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always held of our time here,” she said in her speech. It is often said that a place is made up of its people, and few places are this more true than Scotland, as we have recently witnessed.


The late Queen, pictured in 2021, would traditionally spend her summer break in Scotland
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At the time of her passing in September 2022, the late Queen was staying at Balmoral.

The Princess Royal wed Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence at Crathie Kirk in 1992, and Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips married rugby player Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh in 2011. Scotland has also hosted a few royal weddings.

William also met Catherine at the University of St Andrews in Fife, where they later married.

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