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Navy personnel celebrate as King receives Honours of Scotland

A close-up of sailors in the Guard of Honour
5 July 2023
Royal Navy personnel joined Army and RAF colleagues in Edinburgh today to mark His Majesty King Charles III receiving the Honours of Scotland.

The Honours – the Crown of Scotland, Sceptre, and Sword of State – are the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles.

During a service of thanksgiving at St Giles’ Cathedral, the King was presented with the regalia, some of which date back to the 15th Century.

Royal Navy personnel from around the UK formed part of the Guard of Honour to escort the crown jewels from their home in Edinburgh Castle to the Cathedral, while members of the Royal Marine Band Scotland provided musical support at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. 

“It has been an honour and a privilege to take part. We have been in training for four weeks for the event," said Able Seaman Kalen Cutts, normally based at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth, and a member of the Royal Navy Guard of Honour.

"My mother, Helen, and father, Gary, were watching at home in Rotherham. I know they will have been really proud that I was here representing the Navy. “

In all around 700 military personnel took part in proceedings in the Scottish capital, with the RAF's Red Arrows providing a stunning finale with a fly-past over the heart of Edinburgh.

“It is an incredible honour to be involved in such an historic occasion which celebrates His Majesty’s close links to and love of Scotland,” said Brigadier Andrew Muddiman, Naval Regional Commander for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“As a former Naval Officer, His Majesty also maintains close links with the Royal Navy and was based in Rosyth when in command of HMS Bronington.

“I am delighted that the Senior Service has been so ably represented. All will have a tremendous sense of pride that they could be here today in Edinburgh for this special event.”

As well as the military and Royal procession, there was also a People’s procession at the event, with around 100 community groups from around the country represented. 

Also attending the service of thanksgiving was First Minister Humza Yousaf, Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack, and Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden.

The service, which included both traditional and new elements, featured music written especially for the occasion, a Psalm sung in Gaelic and passages from the New Testament in the Doric language.

 Also present was the Stone of Destiny, the ancient symbol of Scotland’s monarchy, which has been used for centuries in the inauguration of its Kings. 

I am delighted that the Senior Service has been so ably represented. All will have a tremendous sense of pride that they could be here today in Edinburgh for this special event

Brig Andy Muddiman

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