When King Charles III and Queen Camilla travel to Scotland, the monarch can also expect his second coronation in Scotland.
Edinburgh – Every year, Queen Elizabeth II (96, † 2022) spent a week visiting different regions of Scotland, meeting Scots from all walks of life, and hosting thousands at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to pay tribute to their work. This tradition is now incumbent on King Charles III (74) and Queen Camilla (75), who will travel to Scotland for Holyrood Week in the first week of July. It is the king's first visit to Holyrood Palace during his reign. However, this visit is likely to go down in history.
King Charles and Queen Camilla prepare for a second coronation this summer
The visits, known as "Royal Week" in Scotland and "Holyrood Week" in other countries, are usually to celebrate Scottish culture, achievement and community. However, Holyrood Week 2023 is likely to go down in history, according to hellomagazine.com. King Charles III is crowned in a special Scottish ceremony – a so-called dedication and thanksgiving service – and honoured with the Scottish Crown Jewels.
The Scottish Crown Jewels
The history of the Scottish crown jewels begins in 1306, when Robert the Bruce (55, † 1329) was crowned with a hoop of gold. It is generally believed that this gold ring is still part of today's crown.
The Crown Jewels of Scotland are known as the regalia of Scotland, also known as the Honours of Scotland, and consist of the crown, state sword and scepter. Together, the decorations represent one of the oldest collections of European crown insignia.
In 1999, when a Scottish parliament convened for the first time since 1707, the Scottish royal crown was worn ahead of Queen Elizabeth II, who was present, allegedly because the crown was too fragile to be worn by the Queen. Since then, the ceremony has been repeated at every opening of parliament at the beginning of the legislative period. The privilege to do so belongs to the respective Duke of Hamilton.
Although details have not yet been confirmed, it is believed that the service will take place on 5 July, as the Crown Room at Edinburgh Castle will be closed from 4 to 6 July and the entire castle will be closed on 5 July. This could be because the Crown Jewels for the service will be at St. Giles' Cathedral, as reported by Royal Central. This year's traditional garden party will take place on the 4th of July. Among other obligations of the king, the investiture ceremony is also held.
Queen Elizabeth II was also presented with the crown of Scotland shortly after her coronation
The late Queen Elizabeth II travelled to St Giles's Cathedral to receive the Honours of Scotland in 1953, shortly after her own coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June. While the coronation in London is a Church of England service, the St. Giles ceremony gives the monarch the opportunity to devote himself to his Scottish subjects.
King Charles is expecting another coronation in Scotland this summer. Most recently, the crown was sadly used at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen had passed away in Balmoral, Scotland, in September 2022 (photomontage). © Jeff J Mitchell/dpa & Jane Barlow/dpa
St. Giles Cathedral is of great importance to the royal family. This is even more so since Elizabeth II breathed her last breath in Balmoral, Scotland, on September 8, 2022, and was buried in St. Giles for transfer to London. King Charles and his siblings, Princess Anne, 72, Prince Andrew, 63, and Prince Edward, 58, had lined up for the princes' vigil as members of the Scottish public walked by to pay their last respects to the Queen. Sources used:royalcentral.co.uk, hellomagazine.com, royal.uk, wikipedia.org