King Charles is set to celebrate his accession to the throne for a second time, with his Scottish coronation.
During a thanksgiving and dedication service at St Giles’ Cathedral on Wednesday, July 5, he will be presented with the Honors of Scotland, the country’s crown jewels.
The service, nicknamed the Scottish Coronation, will include other royals as well as another appearance by the Stone of Destiny and a dramatic fly-past by the Red Arrows.
Following the Union of the Crowns in 1603, Charles is not only King of England but also King of Great Britain.
Every year, the monarch spends a week at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, which is known as Holyrood Week or Royal Week in Scotland.
And the celebrations today Wednesday will be taking place right in the middle of the traditional week.
The service will be held at Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral, where the late Queen’s casket was laid to rest before being carried to London.
The ceremony will include centuries-old features of Scottish royal tradition as well as new additions such as music produced just for the occasion, a psalm performed in Gaelic, and the use of the New Testament in Scots.
The sermon will be delivered by Rt Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, followed by a blessing to conclude the service.
Nicola Benedetti, a violinist, will be among the artists performing, as will Olympic rower Dame Katherine Grainger, who will wield the Elizabeth Sword, which will be used in place of the Sword of State.
The scepter and crown from the Honors of Scotland, as well as the Elizabeth Sword, will be delivered to the King at the ceremony.
This is a new sword designed to replace the current Sword of State, which was given to James IV by Pope Julius in 1507 but can no longer be used due to its delicate state.
The Elizabeth Sword will be carried by Dame Katherine, Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk will hold the scepter, and the Duke of Hamilton the Crown of Scotland.
A people’s march of about 100 community groups will collect the honors from Edinburgh Castle before the service.
The Royal Regiment of Scotland and its Shetland pony mascot, Corporal Cruachan IV, will then lead the march to the cathedral, accompanied by cadet musicians from the combined cadet force pipes and drums.
Meanwhile, a royal procession will move from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to the cathedral, with spectators lining the Royal Mile to see both processions.
On Monday, rehearsals were performed on the Royal Mile and outside the cathedral in preparation for the celebrations later this week.
After the St Giles’ service, a 21-gun salute will be fired from Edinburgh Castle before the royal procession returns to the palace.
The Stone of Destiny will be present for the ceremony, and there will be a fly-past by the Red Arrows following it.
Other royals such as Queen Camilla, William, and Kate will be in attendance to witness the coronation.