King Charles III and Queen Camilla Preparation for Investiture
After the celebrations for the coronation, King Charles III and Queen Camilla are preparing for another important event, the official investiture as sovereigns of Scotland. It will not be a real coronation, but a symbolic ceremony, the details of which are being finalized in these days. The sovereigns will be in Edinburgh at the beginning of July to symbolically receive the Honours of Scotland, i.e. the regalia (the crown jewels, ed.) historically used by the Scottish royals during the coronations and since 1819 kept in the Crown Room of Holyrood Palace, the Royal Palace of Edinburgh. The room will be closed to the public from 4th to 6th July, while the 5th will be the entire castle to be off limits, which is why it is presumed that the ceremony could take place that day, in the Cathedral of St. Giles.
Charles III and Camilla’s Week in Scotland
Charles III and Camilla will stay in Scotland for an entire week, the one commonly known as Holyrood Week, during which the king will host a garden party (confirmed for Tuesday 4th), attend an investiture and meet with local communities, essential to strengthen the ties with a country always animated by independence winds, even if after the goodbye of the premier Nicola Sturgeon, champion of the break with London, the latest polls have revealed that the times are not ripe for a break and may never be.
A Solemn Ceremony
And in Edinburgh they can’t wait to see Charles in his new role as king, as it was for his mother the day after her coronation in Westminster. It was 24 June 1953 when the regalia of Scotland were presented to her: the scepter, the sword and the crown, which was made for King James V and was first worn in 1540. The sword and the scepter are older. A solemn ceremony, which will inevitably be full of meaning also for his son, who ascended the throne seventy years later.