Prince William and Princess Catherine have a busy schedule of official engagements, and they will be traveling to Scotland for a number of important events next month.
According to a statement made by the Scottish government, “Scotland will mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty Queen Camilla during Royal Week in Edinburgh on Wednesday, 5 July.”
As well as their majesties, William and Catherine will also be present for a number of events. A royal procession, a 21-gun salute, and, of course, a meeting with Corporal Cruachan IV, the well-known Shetland pony mascot, are all part of the special week.
The Royal Regiment of Scotland’s mascot, Lance Corporal Cruachan IV, once attempted to eat the late Queen’s flowers and nibbled at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s fingers during their visit to Edinburgh in 2018. What mischief will the cunning pony pull this time?
The ceremony of the keys, which the late Queen Elizabeth II used to perform when she attended Royal Week, has not been mentioned. The Lord Provost symbolically hands the city’s keys to the monarch as part of tradition, and the monarch is expected to return them and entrust the city’s security to elected representatives of Edinburgh.
The person performing the ceremony declares: “We, the serving members of Your Majesty’s armed forces, bound by our oath to you, your heirs and successors, offer for your gracious acceptance the key to Your Majesty’s Royal Castle of Edinburgh.”
In response, the Queen used to say, “I return this key to the safekeeping of My Governor of Edinburgh Castle, in gratitude for the symbolic act of loyalty of our armed forces, confident of your faithful allegiance to your oath.”
Will King Charles stay at Balmoral this summer?
Many members of the royal family have a special place in their hearts for Scotland, and summers spent at Balmoral are always enjoyable. It’s likely that the monarch will carry on the custom, at the very least visiting there for a while during the summer.
Other family members frequently join the monarch at the sizable country home to engage in outdoor activities like walking, horseback riding, and fishing.
Why did the late Queen love Balmoral so much?
Princess Eugenie discussed the wonder of Balmoral in the ITV documentary Our Queen at Ninety. She declared, “It’s the most beautiful place on earth,” and she is not the only one who is in awe of the surroundings.
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.
“Family-wise, we’re all there, so it’s a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa to be — for us to come and see them up there, where you just have room to breathe and run.”