- By Debbie Jackson
- BBC Scotland
King Charles III will travel to Scotland to attend a historic ceremony after his coronation.
Following in his mother’s footsteps in 1953, the King will be awarded the Honors of Scotland – the jewel of the Scottish crown.
King Charles and Queen Camilla will be guests of honor at St Giles’ Church for a service of thanksgiving and national dedication.
The date has yet to be announced, but is expected to be in the summer.
Queen Elizabeth II performed her Scottish ceremonial duties on June 24, 1953, three weeks after her coronation on June 2.
The Honors – made of gold, silver and precious stones – are the oldest crown jewels in Britain and include the priceless crown, scepter and sword of the state.
On the day of the dedication, the Honorees will be escorted from Edinburgh Castle to the Cathedral by a “March of the People” of about 100 representatives from across Scotland.
Few details have been revealed about the visit of the new King and Queen, but the 1953 state visit to Scotland was part of a week-long tour of Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip traveled north by train, arriving at Edinburgh’s Waverley station to great fanfare.
The royal couple rode through the capital, greeting crowds on either side of Princes Street and up the Royal Mile in a convoy of convertibles, escorted by the Royal Company of Archers.
They attended a thanksgiving service at St Giles chaired by the Moderator of the Scottish Church General Assembly, James Pitt-Watson.
A congregation of 1,700 followers of the Queen received the Honors from the Dean of Thistle, Charles Warr, then presented the Crown of Scotland to the Duke of Hamilton, the Sword of State to the Earl of Home and the Scepter to the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres.
The last time the ceremony was held before that was in 1822 during a visit by King George IV.
The Queen wore “daywear” for the ceremony, not the vestments, a deliberate decision by palace officials to avoid the ceremony being interpreted as a coronation.
Reportedly, this was not warmly received by the media, who considered it a disdain.
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, wears a marshal’s uniform.
Scotland Weekend, the couple visited Glasgow. They also receive the key to Edinburgh Castle.
The Scottish honor isn’t the only Scottish artefact that played an important part in King Charles III’s coronation.
The Stone of Destiny will also appear during Saturday’s ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
Introduction to the Honor of Scotland
The tiara was made for James V, who first wore it at the coronation of Queen Mary of Guise in 1540.
Mary Queen of Scots was the first to be crowned using the new crown and scepter together in 1543. The origin of the scepter is less certain – it may have been a gift from the Pope to James IV.
The Honors has had a turbulent past. They were taken out of the castle and hidden in 1651-60 to avoid Oliver Cromwell’s army.
In 1707, under the Act of Union between England and Scotland, they were locked in a chest and sealed.
In 1818, Sir Walter Scott, the famous novelist, recovered the Book of Honor – along with the mysterious silver wand.
The Honors of Scotland and their accompanying exhibit are located on the first floor of the Royal Palace on the east side of Crown Square at Edinburgh Castle.
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